We have all heard that Amsterdam has the most museums per square meter than any other European capitals. But have you seen enough Van Goghs and Rembrandts? Now it is time you check out these independent galleries that strive to do things a little bit differently. Here is a list of the best independent art galleries in Amsterdam.
Van Gendthallen, Voc-kade 10-12
With an interest in the relationship between art, culture and technology the space at Mediamatic (now also a virtual space with a growing social netweork) is in essence a cultural institution deeply involved in exploring society from new and unexpected angles. Participation and interaction is at the core of their work so expect to be involved in the projects during your visit. Amongst their events enter the world of Gamification, where art meets gaming meets life, taking place on the 29th and 30th of November. The Ruilen Exchange Series, running weekly until 6th January has seen visitors defying our monetary ways and swapping Stampot recipes, Seeds and even dreams. With workshops, courses, exhibitions and more one visit might not be enough.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Check the website for specific events
Sanderijnstraat 21 [Bos en Lommer]
Is it just me or does long gallery visits usually result in rumbling stomachs? Combining the best things in life, food, art, music, play, performance and words, be ready to immerse your senses in one of the events at the small but unique Kulter Gallery. Every Thursday enjoy a ‘film&food’night. Forget the latest Hollywood blockbuster accompanied by a popcorn and fizzy drink combo. The current series, the Cafetera Film Project running until mid December is a collaboration between weekly guests, who use the first 10 seconds of the previous shown film to create their own short. Whilst a Chef cooks up a delicious meal for the audience. Check their calendar for more delicious adventures, contemporary art and workshops for children, all in an intimate and informal environment.
Opening Times during the exhibitions: Wednesday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Thursday 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Opening Times outside the exhibitions: Thursday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Don’t be fooled by the description ‘Room for new jewellery’. This small gallery in the Jordaan specializes in cutting edge, contemporary jewellery, revealing its expressive potential, an aspect of the craft which is usually overlooked. Not many visitors will be stopping by here to shop for their partner’s engagement ring, but once you are inside jewellery takes a whole new meaning and function. Whether you see it as art, adornment or neither, it is worth a peak to question your preconceptions of the boundaries separating art and craft.
Opening Times: Wednesday to Friday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 pm to 5: 00 pm
Located on the ground-floor in a building of squatted apartments, this art gallery serves as a platform for anyone who wishes to put on a cultural event, be them artists, film lovers, bands or curators. Opened last year in a spacious brick adorned room designated to serve as a garage or storage space, the local community is thankful that a string of creative projects have put it to good use. The organisers stress their attitude towards a more egalitarian approach to art, which has resulted in a full program with free weekly exhibitions, film nights, cultural projects, theatre and even debates.
Opening times vary, please check the website for the full program
Ms. of Riemsdijkweg 41
No one should miss out on visiting the NDSM Wharf in the north of the city. A free ferry ride away a unexpected Amsterdam awaits, a welcome surprise to those who crave a bit of rawness and incredible views over the IJ. The new heart of the creative force in the city is the appropriate location for this two year old contemporary art gallery, housed in a glass fronted warehouse. The ample space shows work by local and international artists and has even been featured in an article by the Wall Street Journal. The unusual quality really lies behind the scenes, as the gallery describes itself as a platform for collaborations and cooperation amongst collectors, artists and curators from all over the world.
Opening Times: Thursday & Friday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:00am to 5:00 pm