5 exhibitions you should mark on your calendar for 2019!

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Some people love to make new years resolutions, others don’t. We decided to make our very own list, not with resolutions but with a top 5 of must-visit exhibitions in 2019. We listed five expo’s in the Netherlands that are definitely worth a visit. So make sure you mark these gems on your calendar!

Cool Japan
This exhibition is already around for a couple of months, so if you haven’t paid a visit yet, we highly suggest you should! This expo shows the worldwide fascination for Japan: from Hello Kitty and Japanese street fashion to the century old samurai traditions and the popular Manga comics. An all round Japanese exhibition which isn’t just for the Japan lover, it is also worth a visit if you want to learn more about the Japanese culture and history. The big showpiece is the four-meter high Uki-Uki painting by Matsuura Hiroyuki in which traditional and contemporary elements captures the essence of the exhibition.
WHERE? Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam
From now until 1st of September 2019 

Traditional samurai costume at the Cool Japan exposition
Traditional samurai costume at the Cool Japan exposition

The Voorlinden Museum planned a retrospective exhibition of Armando in the spring of 2019 to celebrate his 90th birthday. Unfortunately Armando (1929-2018) died in Potsdam (Germany) on July the 1st this year. That’s why Voorlinden Museum decided to advance the exhibition. Armando is one of the most important post-war artists of Europe. For decades Armando worked on his very personal and versatile visual and literary oeuvre. His handwriting is expressive, his paintings are pasty and his sculptures are built up with a lot of power. In addition to visual artist and writer, the artist has become known as a poet, violinist, actor, journalist, film, television and theater maker.
WHERE? Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar
From now until the 10th of March 2019

Armando exhibition at the Voorlinden Museum
Armando exhibition at Voorlinden Museum

‘Science fiction. A Journey in to the Unknown’
From this spring the Kunsthal presents 'Science Fiction. A Journey into the Unknown 'an exhibition in collaboration with the Barbican Center in London. Never before has the extremely popular subject of science fiction been highlighted in an exhibition about art, design, film, literature, comic strips and video games. With the help of film excerpts, original manuscripts, contemporary art and film props, visitors will travel through time and space. There are works of art and interactive installations on display, and of course visitors can admire the many costumes, masks, models and attributes from film classics such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Interstellar, Close Encounters, District 9, Alien, Jurassic Park and Godzilla.
WHERE? Kunsthal, Rotterdam
From March 16 until the 30th of June 2019  

Science fiction. A Journey into the Unknown at The Kunsthal in Rotterdam
Science fiction. A Journey into the Unknown at The Kunsthal in Rotterdam

Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature
The world-famous art of David Hockney (1937) is colorful and impressive. Hockney takes a lot of his inspiration from nature. He uses bright colors and plays with perspective. Van Gogh also often used to experiment with these elements. These similarities are no coincidence. Vincent van Gogh was a great source of inspiration for David Hockney. Discover all the parallels between the two great artists in the exhibition Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature. In the exhibition, some of Van Gogh's masterpieces can be seen alongside Hockney's impressive landscapes. One of the highlights is The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate (2011).
WHERE? Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
From the 1st of March until the 26th of May 2019

The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate by Hockney (2011)
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate by Hockney (2011)

Feast for the Eyes
Feast for the Eyes displays the rich history of food photography - not only in the visual arts, but also in commercial and scientific photography and photojournalism. From the banality of breakfast in a roadside restaurant of Stephen Shore to the symbolic still life of Laura Letinsky, from Roger Fenton's extensive nineteenth-century displays of food to the cookbooks of the sixties. Interest in both food photography and food as subject has increased in recent years. By sharing photos on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, photography has become part of the dining experience itself. Photos of food seldom just eat, food can represent a lifestyle or a nation, but also hope or despair, hunger or excess.
WHERE? Foam Amsterdam, Amsterdam
From now until the 3rd of March 2019

#fishy #donut by Joseph Maidy part of the Feast for the Eyes exhibtition in Foam Museum
#fishy #donut by Joseph Maidy part of the Feast for the Eyes exhibtition in Foam Museum

Source: TropenMuseum, Museum Voorlinden, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Foam Amsterdam

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