22 May 2013
Five institutions favour an annual event.
The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Koninklijk Concertgebouw and Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orchestra will be celebrating the opening of Amsterdam’s three major museums with the event ‘Museumplein Weekend’ on 22 and 23 June. This square, the cultural hub linking the five institutions, will present a range of activities revolving around art and culture throughout the weekend. Everyone will be able to come and enjoy a varied programme until late at night, free of charge, with music, dance, guided tours, and art.
The Rijksmuseum’s director Wim Pijbes explains: ‘Amsterdam’s Museumplein has a concentration of cultural attractions that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. Now that all the museums are open again, there’s all the more reason to organise a new event.’
The local dance company ICKamsterdam will present its remarkable dance performance Great Expectations under the overhanging roof of the Stedelijk Museum on Saturday 22 June, from 12:45 until 2 pm. Each of the five dancers will represent one of the institutions located at Museumplein. The institutions clearly differ from one another, but combined they possess great added value. The choreography symbolises the opportunities that exist at Museumplein. Spectators can attend the performance on the outside stage free of charge.
Van Gogh Museum
Children can take part in the sing-along Where is Vincent? led by the composer Majel Lustenhouwer, which will be organised by the Van Gogh Museum on Saturday 22 June at 3 pm. After one hour’s practice, there will be an official performance at 4 pm. That Saturday, the Van Gogh Museum will remain open until midnight. At 8 pm there will be live music performances on the outside stage. Inside the museum, singer-songwriters will surround a number of world-famous paintings with music, starting at 10 pm.
On Saturday 22 June, the Rijksmuseum will be opening its gardens to the public all day until midnight, especially for Museumplein Weekend, with a Henry Moore exhibition. Twelve monumental sculptures by this celebrated British sculptor will be displayed in the Rijksmuseum’s gardens. The museum will be providing guided tours of the gardens, free of charge, throughout the weekend. Refreshments will be served from the garden house.
On Sunday 23 June, the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Het Concertgebouw will be launching the new series of Concerts at the Park in spectacular style. At 4 pm, the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s open-air concert in São Paulo will be live-streamed to a large screen. At 8:15 pm, the public can enjoy the performance of the piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque on a large screen while the pianists are playing inside, in the main auditorium. On both Saturday and Sunday, the Concertgebouw will provide free guided tours for people of all ages (at 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm).