From its impressive architecture, to the lovely canals that dissect the city , and to the numerous shopping opportunities, the Netherlands capital of Amsterdam holds an abundance of attractions, events, festivals, and sightseeing venues to satisfy an visitor. This is especially true if you are a lover of art or a collector. Between the numerous art events, festivals, and trade shows, the art aficionado never runs out of things to do. This is especially true with Art Amsterdam, the most popular art event of the year.
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In 2011, Art Amsterdam, the 27th edition of this highly successful event attracted over 21,000 domestic and international visitors to this annual national event with many varieties of contemporary art created by living artists. In addition to the art, you also have the opportunity to view and even purchase a wide range of antiques that are usually displayed at the show. Best of all, there are no admission fees.
Art Amsterdam is not your typical art festival. In fact it is more like a combination art attraction, fair, festival, and trade show. Despite being open to the general public, whether professional or non-professional, be aware that the professional collector and/or vendor with an exceedingly high annual income and budget for purchasing art is the primary patron at this event. The 28th annual Art Amsterdam exhibit will be held at Amsterdam RAI from May 9th through the 13th in 2012.
This past year, Art Amsterdam hosted 133 galleries, 44 of which were foreign. It is by far, the largest annual art fair and festival in the Netherlands. Amsterdam has always been recognized as one of the major European art and cultural centers and Art Amsterdam is no exception to that rule. The history of this dates back to the Dutch masters of the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. Although Art Amsterdam promotes the more modern, contemporary art venue, the event is still characteristic of Dutch people’s love of art.
In addition to Art Amsterdam, you might want to consider visiting the three most significant art museums in Amsterdam. These are:
Rembrandt At Home – an art museum totally dedicated to possibly the most famous Dutch Master of them all. Located in the Old Center, the great artist did most of his work and lived here as well.
Stedelijk Museum – the best exhibit for contemporary or fine art in Amsterdam as well as some very unique sculptures.
The Van Gogh Museum – no trip to Amsterdam is complete without visiting this renowned museum, especially on Friday nights when it is transformed into one of the hottest nightlife spots in the city. It’s the perfect place to meet some of the locals and mingle with them.
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