In 2009 and 2010, the four largest cities in Holland will be taking part in a large-scale art and cultural event called ‘Holland Art Cities’. As part of this event, the top ten museums in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht will be joining forces to put together an unprecedented art spectacle. The Amsterdam museums the Hermitage Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum will also be celebrating their opening (or reopening) during Holland Art Cities. A visit to the Netherlands is therefore absolutely recommended to lovers of art and culture during this event!
The ten participating museums guarantee a first-rate programme for Holland Art Cities. In Amsterdam this involves the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. In The Hague, the Municipal Museum of The Hague and the (Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen) Mauritshuis and, in Utrecht, the Museum Catharijneconvent and Centraal Museum. Rotterdam’s contribution will be the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Kunsthal.
During this international event, three Amsterdam museums will be opening or reopening their doors to the public. Hermitage Amsterdam, with exhibitions from the extensive art collection of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, will be opening its doors in the spring of 2009 from its new location, a building ten times (4,000 m2) larger than the current Hermitage. The Stedelijk Museum, a leading contemporary art museum, will be exhibiting a large selection from its unique collection for the first time since 2003 as part of a spectacular opening exhibition following the renovation of the museum. Finally, the reopening of the Rijksmuseum is scheduled for the end of 2010. An ambitious renovation project has prepared the museum for the 21st century, so that visitors from around the world can once again admire the museum’s unique collection, which includes masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age.
The works of art on display in the various museums during Holland Art Cities are categorised into three themes: International Influences, Young: Modern and Contemporary Art and Design and Dutch Masters. The cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht will be developing an extensive cultural and tourist-oriented programme around these themes.