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Although we cannot fully open our doors, our museum shop and the terrace of our café is open! Of course, you can also order a variety of coffees and sweets to-go!

Our terrace is open daily from 12 to 6 pm.
By following the right measures everyone can get drinks and snacks while enjoying our terrace.

If you wish to visit, make sure to reserve a table in advance. We offer reservations for a maximum of 1.5 hours. You reserve by calling 020-547 50 50 or sending an email to You can also make a reservation at the museum café.

The current measures against the coronavirus apply during your visit. A health check is mandatory. We only allow a maximum of 2 people per visit and there is no self-service, so we make sure you stay sitting while enjoying the sun. Only payments & visits to the toilet are allowed inside the museum café.

Coffee to-go
You can order coffee, something tasty or a simple lunch to-go. Check our delicious menu.

Our Museum Shop is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm
During your visit, please follow the safety measures, such as keeping a 1.5 meters distance and wearing a mouth mask.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon in the museum!


In the summer of 2022, guest curator Abdelkader Benali (1975) will fill the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen with Moroccan art. For the first time in the Netherlands, some 40 Moroccan artists will be brought together to provide an overview of the development of Moroccan modern art from the country’s independence in 1956 to the present day. With artists such as Hamid el Kanbouhi (1976), Nour-Eddine Jarram (1956), Khalil Nemmaoui (1967) and Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti (1978).

The independence in 1956 also marked the birth of Moroccan modern art. A renewed self-awareness among Moroccan artists arose. By now, a new young and exciting generation of artists has taken its place on the international stage. Abdelkader Benali’s passion for the visual arts, but also for ‘the other story about Morocco’ can be experienced in the Cobra Museum. Benali takes the visitor on a journey through his personal observations. Around 80 works on themes such as decolonisation, spirituality, gender and migration are brought together in the museum galleries.

Mutual influences
Artists like Matisse and Delacroix were inspired by Morocco in their artistic practice and the Moroccan influences are clearly visible in their works. In their search for new forms, Moroccan artists, in turn, were inspired by such movements as Bauhaus in Western Europe and Pop Art in the United States.

From past to present
The Djema-el-Fna, Marrakech’s world-famous square, has always been the domain of storytellers. On this square, a group of young artists from Casablanca organised the first open-air exhibition in 1969 as a protest against the fossilised museum system. The Moroccan modern artists wanted to stay close to the Moroccan people and tell their stories. In the younger generation, too, we see the effect of this desire to tell stories about major themes such as migration, sexuality and spirituality, and in doing so they do not hesitate to challenge taboos. Whether the artists from this young generation have attended art school or are self-taught, they instinctively find their way to the old forms, the new forms of the current and future age.
The start of the modern movement in Morocco is closely linked to the literary magazine Souffles, in which the artists were introduced. There is a clear understanding that the art movement comprises more than just visual art, it also includes other disciplines such as poetry and design.

Museum bazaar
The Cobra Museum will be transformed into one big Moroccan bazaar with food, dance, theatre, poetry, film, urban culture, sports and fashion. The Cobra Museum will also host the Iftar, the meal consumed by Muslims right after sunset during the fasting month of Ramadan. Various groups are invited to express their critical, evocative or cheerful celebration of Moroccan art and culture.

Literary publication
The exhibition will be accompanied by Abdelkader Benali’s new book, published by De Arbeiderspers, which gives a narrative account of his research into 75 years of Moroccan modern art. The book is a personal reflection of Benali on the themes and his observations.

About Abdelkader Benali
Abdelkader Benali (1975) was born in Morocco. He is one of the best-known writers in the Netherlands. His work, which is published internationally, was awarded the E. du Perron Prize in 2010 and the prestigious Gouden Ganzenveer in 2020. In one of his novels, he delves into the history of Matisse’s stay in Tangier. Abdelkader Benali draws inspiration from the imagination of Moroccan artists and collects work by young artists. Besides being a writer, Benali is a programme maker, historian, speaker and guest curator. His first contact with Moroccan art was in the family home, when his mother sang her Riffin izran songs while cleaning, songs that sounded exotic and mysterious to him; the accumulated images they conjured up of “my head bobbing in the sea, no fisherman to catch it” created a surreal image in his mind.

Morocco and Cobra
The birth of Moroccan modernism coincides with the birth of the Cobra movement in post-war Europe. Cobra artists liked to let themselves be inspired by non-European art and oriental calligraphy. They celebrated freedom. The light-hearted naivety with which a new era was ushered in can also be found among the Moroccan artists of that generation. Morocco had just been liberated from the Spanish-French protectorate, and especially artists without a formal education created a colourful, vibrant movement. There were also direct influences: Jilali Gharbaoui, one of the pioneers of the modern movement in Morocco, was inspired by Karel Appel and they met in 1962.

The Cobra Museum in Amstelveen actively links the collection and history of Cobra to contemporary artists, modern art movements and current events. In its programming, the museum pays attention to non-Western art within a context of societal topicality.

“The Cobra Museum is celebrating 70 years of Moroccan modern art next year with The other story, Moroccan Modernism from 1950 to the present. This story is told by the writer Abdelkader Benali, who is an avid art lover. It seems more people have discovered Moroccan art, because recently the exhibition The Moroccan Trilogy 1950-2020 opened at the Reina Sofia in Madrid. We are very much looking forward to the collaboration with Abdelkader and the undoubtedly magnificent result that will also give rise to a festive summer full of activities and events for everyone,” says Stefan van Raay, initiator of the exhibition at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art.


The other story by Abdelkader Benali
Morrocan Modernism from 1950 to the present
15 April – 18 September 2022

Current information & corona measures

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The Cobra Museum of Modern Art is exhibiting a special private collection of top art from Mexico, which has never been shown in the Netherlands before. In addition to paintings by Frida Kahlo (Mexico, 1907-1954), a selection of drawings and photographs will also be on display. The exhibition Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: A Love Revolution offers the opportunity to discover the world of the world-famous Mexican modernists.

Book your ticket now. The museum is open daily from 10am – 10pm.

Joining us with your family? Every Wednesday and Saturday you can attend a workshop (6+) with your kids and on Sundays the Atelier CoBrA is open for everyone.


From 26 October onwards, the Cobra Museum of Modern Art will open its doors especially for vulnerable visitors. During these weekly openings on Mondays visitors can visit the museum in a more safe environment, meet each other and learn more about the artworks through introductions by our museum guides.

During the corona crisis it is of great importance to attend to the vulnerable people in our society. With these special opening hours the Cobra Museum wants to offer vulnerable people a safe way to visit the museum and meet each other. To ensure a safe visit the museum will lower the maximum amount of visitors allowed than during regular opening hours. The special Monday openings are made possible by a generous contribution of the Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

Practical information:
When: every Monday from 14 until 16 hours (from 26 October onwards)
Costs: regular entrance fee. Entrance is free of charge with a.o. the Museum Card.
Tickets: reservation is mandatory. Book your ticket via this link.

Visitors with a ticket can enter the museum via the cafe from 13.45 hrs. Last entry will be at 15.30 hrs.

Masterpieces on Tour with the Museum Plus Bus

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Due to the corona crisis, many vulnerable elderly people can no longer go to the museum. That is why the Museum Plus Bus has initiated ‘Masterpieces on Tour’ on 6 October; fourteen replicas of masterpieces from Dutch museums travel to various nursing homes. One of the masterpieces that is on tour comes from the collection of the Cobra Museum: Femmes, enfants, animaux by Karel Appel.


The Museum strongly believes that the experience of visiting a museum begins the moment you step a foot out of your home. We want to make this the most immersive experience possible, therefore, if you live in a neighborhood close from Amsterdam, we encourage you to bike here and live an adventure that involves, the city, nature, and culture.

How Far?
Only 25 minutes away from Amsterdam’s Museumplein.


  1. Immerse deeper into a cultural experience
  2. Include new eco-friendly habits that do not harm the environment and are free of Co2
  3. A bike ride is 100% corona-proof
  4. Save traveling expenses
  5. Explore the beauty of Amsterdam and Amstelveen

If you are heading from Amsterdam, our location is perfect to bike through a series of cultural milestones from Amsterdam city, sustainable shops, or beautiful green areas.