Art & Culture

The 8most fun (art) exhibitions in the Hanseatic cities in 2023

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In the Hanseatic cities there are plenty of great museums and exhibitions. From classical paintings to modern art. There is something for everyone. Also this year there are many nice (art) exhibitions to be found in the museums. We have listed the best ones for you!

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    In The Gallery | The studio of Alioune Diagne

    An exhibition by Alioune Diagne will be on display in the small room The Gallery at the Stedelijke Museum Kampen starting Feb. 18. Alioune is a visual artist and dancer from Senegal who has been living and working in Kampen since 2017. His cultural roots are woven into both his dance and visual art. Alioune was asked by the museum to create a mural during opening hours. As visitors, you can follow the creation process and engage in conversation with Alioune dancing and painting. He can be met Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The exhibitions will take place through June 19, 2023.

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    Zero week: official opening Museum EICAS

    During the week of March 19-26, 2023, the official opening of the new location of Museum EICAS in Hanseatic city Deventer will take place. Museum EICAS is the only Dutch museum for and about Zero Art. A pioneering movement that emerged around 1960 when a group of provocative artists wanted to settle with the elitist art of the time. The movement still echoes in contemporary art. During Zero Week, numerous festivities will take place as well as the opening of the new exhibition.

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    Brave New World

    Museum de Fundatie in the dynamic Hanseatic city of Zwolle is a must-visit when it comes to art and culture. The new temporary exhibition Brave New World features the work of sixteen top international painters under the age of 40. Each of them looks at painting and the world in a new way. Brave New World, curated by art critic Hans den Hartog Jager, provides an in-depth look at painting today and their relationship to contemporary society. The exhibition is on view through June 11, 2023.

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    PROTO Art & Design Festival 2023

    PROTO Art & Design Festival returns in 2023 and this year's theme is "Moving Grounds" and accelerating and stimulating change. Innovation, design, as well as art, can help with this by discovering new perspectives and using our imagination to come up with solutions to challenges we face. From June 30 through July 9, graduating students, established designers and artists will present their work in the PROTO expo.

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    Alle gekheid op een stukje!

    In honor of the 5-year anniversary of the Marius van Dokkum Museum in Hanseatic city Harderwijk, Marius van Dokkum is treating the city with a new exhibition. Colleague and friend Jan van Haasteren has been asked to exhibit at the City Museum Harderwijk during the anniversary year. Jan van Haasteren is known for his world-famous puzzles. The exhibition "Alle gekheid op een stukje! 10 years of Studio Jan van Haasteren" gives a look behind the scenes of his studio and can be seen from May 2023 until early January 2024.

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    De Passie van Pieck

    Discover how Anton Pieck blossomed into one of the most versatile artists in the Netherlands. Pieck is best known for his romantic drawings and his fairy tales for De Efteling. In the exhibition "The Passion of Pieck" you will see step by step Pieck's artistic process. Through the interactive museum tour, you will learn all the details about his work and the techniques used. The exhibition can be seen at the Anton Pieck museum in Hanseatic town Hattem until January 7, 2024.

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    The exhibition #DeventerVerhalen takes you through extraordinary and diverse stories, photographs and objects that reflect the identity of Hanseatic city Deventer. Made by, for and about Deventer people, they give the ordinary Deventer person a voice and face. The exhibition will take place through May 2023 at Museum De Waag in Deventer, located in the oldest scales building in the Netherlands!

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    IJssel Biennial 2023

    The IJssel Biennale is a stimulating art event along the IJssel River with an international outdoor exhibition and an extensive cultural program. The third edition of the IJssel Biennale in 2023 coincides with the Hanseatic Year. Our bike route will take you through as many as six Dutch Hanseatic cities. Just like the Hanseatic cities, the IJsselbiennale has the river as its carrier as well as international ambitions. We work together with over 100 partners from the region, connected by the river and we use art as a catalyst to strengthen the connection between these partners.