Sculpture in Amsterdam

I have a bit of an obsession with finding art in public spaces. Below is some of the art I’ve stumbled upon while wandering Amsterdam.

I couldn't find a title or description for this sculpture.
I couldn’t find a title or description for this sculpture.
This is a statue of Spinoza. The inscription at the bottom reads "De doel van de staat is de vrijheid" or "The purpose of the state is freedom."
This is a statue of Spinoza. The inscription at the bottom reads “De doel van de staat is de vrijheid” or “The purpose of the state is freedom.”
This guy is sticking out of a wall near a canal. Again no title or descriptor found.
This guy is sticking out of a wall near a canal. Again no title or descriptor found.
mural on Spui
mural on Spui
Sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Floating sculpture in Westergasfabriek
Floating roccoco dress sculpture in Westergasfabriek
De schreeuw in Oosterpark
De schreeuw in Oosterpark
"Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst" (shared past, common future), Oosterpark
“Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst” (shared past, common future), Oosterpark

You can see more art that I’ve found around the Netherlands here.

Rollende Keukens

Last Thursday we visited Rollende Keukens in Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. As the name suggests this is a several day food truck event. Almost the whole park was end to end food trucks and music tents. We arrived early enough to nab a picnic spot on the grass. You could find pretty much any type of international, fusion, or Dutch food you could want. Our group had bahn-mi, mango-pineapple lassie, seafood burgers, fancy mac n cheese (topped with basil and tomato), stracciatella and churros.  I’d love to go again next year.

Welkom bij Rollende Keukens
Welkom bij Rollende Keukens
Combo music and beer tent with some trippy artwork
Combo music and beer tent with some trippy artwork
Dutch Weed Burger - from what I could tell this was just a veggie burger
Dutch WeedBurger – from what I could tell this was just a veggie burger but no one in the group tried it so I don’t know for sure
Kunst en Kookwerk
Kunst en Kookwerk – artisan tortillas
Chicks on a Stick - their
Chicks on a Stick – their slogan is Hottest Chicks in Town
Zwaardvis
Zwaardvis on display at one of the many seafood trucks

Troppenmuseum

Troppenmuseum buiten
The Troppenmuseum is a multicultural museum located in Amsterdam Oost. There are exhibits showcasing the native cultures of Amsterdam immigrants from Southern Asia to Africa. The displays explore art, religion, and colonialism. As someone with a degree in anthropology, I knew I had to visit it.

The art and ritual artifacts were amazing! I enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences in the artwork especially the masks and puppets. The most difficult part to see was the section on colonialism. It is a challenging subject to approach but the exhibit handled it decently.

I really enjoyed the Muziekwereld room where you could listen to different instruments. The instruments ranged from wood and skin drums to sitars to accordions. It would be easy to lose hours in this room.

From the Rondom Azië exhibit, Indian Cinema
From the Rondom Azië exhibit, Indian Cinema

Troppenmuseum trap

Afternoon in Amsterdam

This past Saturday, we started off the afternoon having lunch with friends at De Hallen Amsterdam. De Hallen is home to a food hall (where we had lunch), film theater, library, studios, and more. Today they also had an artisan fair where you could buy anything from tea to art to raincoats. The food hall is an indoor food market with a variety of stalls serving different foods: Vietnamese spring rolls, Australian pies, French pastries, American burgers, and gourmet bitterballen to name a few.

De Hallen Amsterdam
De Hallen Amsterdam

After lunch, Mike and I saw a movie at Theater Tuschinski. It is a beautiful theater built in 1921 by a Polish man, Abraham Tuschinski. The theater’s architecture is a mix of Art Deco and Jugenstil. The building is opulent but also very cozy with multiple zaals or theaters tucked in throughout the building. They also give daily tours if you want to see more of the building.

Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam
Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam
Lobby of Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam
Lobby of Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam

Gebruik van mij Nederlands

For those of you keeping track it has been about 8 weeks since I took my Dutch immersion course with Sylvia. I have been making the effort to speak Dutch everyday or at least read and listen to Dutch. Often my interactions are with shopkeepers or waiters so my conversations don’t usually last very long. Although last week I did have a nice long conversation with a shopkeeper. We discussed a wide range of topics from artwork (the shop sells art and curios from around the world) to living in the Netherlands. I got to use some vocabulary that I don’t often get to use so it was very exciting.

In addition to my regular errands, I have gone to a few events to meet people and practice my Dutch. Normally, I am not very social but learning a language forces me to be social. You may remember that I recently learned to paint in Dutch. I also checked out a couple language cafes in Amsterdam where I met other Dutch speakers including my friend, Joanna. She and I have begun meeting a couple times a week to work on our Dutch. It is great to have someone to have a language partner who is learning with you and cheering you on. To anyone else learning another language, I highly recommend learning with a friend or two.

Having lunch and practicing Dutch.
Having lunch and practicing Dutch.

Kunst

Let’s talk about art (kunst in Dutch). Art is not exclusively found in museums. In fact I found quite a lot of art by just walking around town. Art is in parks, train stations, buildings, and many other places; you just need to keep your eyes open. Below is some art I have found whilst wandering.

Haarlem
A window in Haarlem
Amsterdam
A statue in Amsterdam
Buurtatelier (an exhibition of art by Dutch children)
Het Buurtatelier (art by Dutch children, this painting and the next four are in a tunnel under the Muiderpoort train station)

trein station kunst 2

trein station kunst 3

trein station kunst 4

trein station kunst 5

I found this face on a bridge.
I found this face on a bridge.
Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst (shared past, common future). This art installment is in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
Gedeeld verleden, gezamenlijke toekomst (shared past, common future). This art installment is in Oosterpark in Amsterdam
De titaantjes (Little Titans). Oosterpark, Amsterdam
De titaantjes (Little Titans). Oosterpark, Amsterdam
Another statue in Oosterpark
Another statue in Oosterpark

Festival of Lights

You may be thinking that it is a little late to post about Hanukkah but it is the right time for the Amsterdam Festival of Lights. Streets and buildings are lit up for the holidays. There are also a bunch of popup stalls with holiday goodies: oliebollen, wafels, stroopwafels, cheese, worst and sausages, beer and more. Below are some of my favorite shots from around the city.

Train station in Amsterdam
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Around the holidays pop-up stalls filled with holiday goodies line the street.
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Lights are strung between buildings across the street from each other. This is an interesting holiday message (yes this means the same thing in Dutch as it does in English).
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Even the coffee shops get into the holiday spirit.
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Ok, so this isn’t officially part of the Festival of Lights but there are lights on it so I am counting it. Oliebollen are similar to fried donuts.
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