Tentoonstellingen Archive - Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst

Amstelveen En Plein Air

zaterdag 18 mei 2024 t/m maandag 20 mei 2024


Amstelveen En Plein Air

AmstellandKunst is organising a festive outdoor event in collaboration with the Cobra Museum and Museum JAN!

Something unique is going to happen in Amstelveen: around the Stadshart Amstelveen, the Oude Dorp and in the Broersepark, a large number of artists will create a new work of art in the open air! Ranging from drawings to paintings and from collages to 3-dimensional work. During this creative process, residents of Amstelveen (and beyond) can follow artistic progress in real time! Moreover, the work created will be exhibited in the Cobra Museum the following two days (the Whitsun weekend). Both during the creation on Saturday and during the exhibition on Sunday and Monday, there will be an opportunity to buy a new work of art created during this weekend. Amstelveen En Plein Air will take place on Saturday 18 May (the creation day), Sunday 19 and Monday 20 May (Whitsun weekend) between 10 am and 5 pm.

Saturday 18 May
On this day, artists choose an outdoor spot within a designated area and set to work to create their unique artwork within one day. Should the weather be disappointing, arrangements have been made to work indoors (at Platform C and in Stadshart Amstelveen).

Sunday 19 and Monday 20 May (Pentecost weekend)
On these days, the works created will be exhibited in the recital hall of the Cobra Museum. This sales exhibition can be visited for FREE and there is an opportunity to buy work by the artists. The Cobra Museum is open from 10am to 5pm at Sandbergplein 1, Amstelveen.

Amsteleevn En Plein Air Map


Naturally Amstelveen

zaterdag 25 mei 2024 t/m zondag 16 jun 2024



Amstelveen’s nature is at its finest in spring. This was the reason for Visit Amstelveen to organise a photo contest in cooperation with Canon. While exploring polders, parks and the Amsterdam Forest, over 500 nature photos were taken. You will be able to enjoy the most beautiful photos here at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art.

The winners from the categories “adults” and “children up to 12 years” were selected by a professional jury made up of Bas Meelker (landscape photographer), Tom Zwerver (nature-education producer at Amsterdam Forest) and Moïsha Kruijer (collection manager at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art). In addition, we have two audience winners. The winners will be presented on a photo panel specially designed for the occasion.

Take delight in these beautiful photos of well-known and lesser-known Amstelveen spots, and be inspired to have a taste of nature for yourself!

Image: Thijs Friederich

Open depot

Now on view


from the collection 

The Cobra Museum has an own art collection since the founding in 1995. This collection has now grown to over 2000 objects. The vast majority of this collection is in the depot, an art storage facility not open to the public where it is preserved under optimal conditions. The Open depot presents parts of the extensive collection on display here. It is not a permanent exhibition but a rotating, dynamic presentation. In addition to making the collection accessible, it also offers a look behind the scenes. New acquisitions and collaborations will be given space to be shown here.    

The museum’s collection policy is based on Cobra art. Besides the official Cobra members, there is also an emphasis on the artists who collaborated with them or were influenced by them. They can also be seen in this changing presentation. In addition to paintings and sculptures, the collection includes work on paper, ceramics, textiles, photography, films and archival material.  

Within the Cobra movement, besides unanimity, there are also contradictions and differences of opinion among its members. These different views and visions create a wide range of artistic expression. The Open depot gives visitors room for new comparisons and connections.  

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Foto: Niels Vis



On 5 December 2024, Dutch actor, film director, documentary maker, painter and illustrator Jeroen Krabbé will reach the age of eighty. The Cobra Museum will celebrate this autumn with a presentation of eight paintings, each telling a decade of his life. The presentation will be framed by drawings and paintings from Krabbé’s early artistic development to his most recent work.

Jeroen Krabbé comes from a family of artists. Inspired by his grandfather Heinrich Martin Krabbé and father Maarten Krabbé, he has been drawing and painting since childhood and seems destined to follow in their footsteps. However, he chose the acting profession, but immediately after his international breakthrough in Soldaat van Oranje in 1977, he enrolled at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Krabbé’s style develops from hyper-realistic minuscule works through portraits, Pop Art and fierce expressionism to colourful landscapes. The faraway countries he visits for his work as an actor also pop up regularly in his oeuvre. All these elements come together in the eight paintings that shed light on his life and development as a man, actor and artist.

Diana Blok – I challenge you to love me

vrijdag 31 mei 2024 t/m zondag 29 sep 2024


The exhibition I challenge you to love me presents an overview of the work of photographer and artist Diana Blok (Uruguay, 1952). Blok was born in Montevideo and lived in Colombia and Guatemala. She studied sociology in Mexico City. In 1974, she emigrated to Amsterdam and developed into a highly successful photographer and artist. With her work, Diana explores topics such as identity, gender, sexual diversity and culture. The exhibition can be seen from 31 May to 29 September 2024.

About Diana Blok
Born in Montevideo (Uruguay, 1952) to a Dutch father and an Argentine mother, Blok grew up in several Latin American countries. In the 1970s, she settles in Amsterdam. There the journey of discovery into her identity begins. A self-taught portrait photographer, she first turns her gaze to herself, visualizing myths and dreams and capturing forms of kinship between people. Blok recognizes her own story in those of others. In countries where there is only one sexual norm and every other behavior is suppressed, she creates penetrating portraits. She focuses mainly on portraying people for whom gender, (cultural) identity and sexual preferences are not fixed. In a sense, all of her projects are embedded in forms of collaboration. Collaborations with other artists, with writers, with actors and above all: with the portrayed.


Self-portrait, 1982, Diana Blok

Pierre Verger – The One That I Am Not

vrijdag 31 mei 2024 t/m zondag 29 sep 2024


From 31 May to 29 September 2024, the Cobra Museum will show a selection of works from the extensive oeuvre of photographer Pierre Verger (Paris 1902 – Salvador 1996). Pierre Verger was born in Paris and eventually found his home in the Brazilian city of Salvador. The Pierre Verger – The One That I am Not is a celebration of his photographic legacy, his heart and his ceaseless quest for self-discovery. The exhibition features more than 160 works he made during various trips. This is the first time a solo exhibition has been shown in the Netherlands.

“I started travelling, not so much out of the desire to do ethnographic research or reportage, but out of the need to distance myself, to free myself and escape from the environment in which I had lived until then and whose prejudices and rules of behaviour did not make me happy…. However, the feeling that a vast world existed did not leave my mind and the desire to see and photograph it took me to other horizons.”

About Pierre Fatumbi Verger
Pierre Fatumbi Verger (Paris, 1902 – Salvador, 1996) was a French photographer, anthropologist, botanist and writer who lived most of his life in the city of Salvador, Brazil. In 1932, after the death of his mother, he learned photography and made the decision to live a traveling and non-conformist life. In the fourteen years that follow, he photographs in many places around the world. In 1946 he settles in Brazil but continues to travel, especially to Benin, where in 1953 he is ritually initiated into the Yoruba religion and symbolically reborn as Fatumbi. Through his work and books, he makes an important contribution to general knowledge about the African diaspora. From a traditional anthropological point of view, he does not maintain sufficient distance from the people he studies, an absolute condition for the field, and becomes “indigenous.” That is, he resides among the people he studies and becomes, as it were, one of them. All he wants is to live with the people with whom he feels comfortable, not to study them, but simply to observe them, listen to them and participate in their lives.

Pierre Verger. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1950s © Pierre Verger Foundation

Amstelveen Triennale 2024

zaterdag 18 mei 2024 t/m zondag 7 jul 2024


The ninth edition of the Amstelveen Triennale will open at the Cobra Museum on Saturday 18 May 2024. The Amstelveen Triennial is a three yearly manifestation in which professional visual artists living or working in Amstelveen are given a stage. Since 1998 this event is organized by the Cobra Museum and this year once again in collaboration with our cultural partners Museum JAN and Platform C. From more than 60 entries, a jury consisting of employees of these institutions chose recent work of 21 artists.

The Triennale aims to offer a professional platform to artists working and/or living in Amstelveen and to give the public an overview of the state of affairs in local visual art. The exhibition provides a cross-section of art practice in Amstelveen. Triennale took place in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2017 and 2024

This exhibition shows the richness of local art practices in all their diversity. In addition to former participants, the Amstelveen Triennial also shows surprising newcomers who together cover a wide range of forms of artistic expression: from painting to installation and from video work to printmaking. There is conceptual art, such as an envelope-shaped rug, as well as experiments with materials and traditional themes ranging from landscape to interiors. In terms of content, the selection also includes works that show an engagement with topics related to migration and language, such as a harness made of wood and a hard foam fist. There are also several paintings highlighting the theme of trauma and the role of the subconscious, in both figurative and more abstract translations.

Special thanks go to the Municipality of Amstelveen, for its generous financial support and of course to all Amstelveen artists, without whom there would be no Amstelveen Triennial.

For more information https://amstelveen-triennale.nl/

My Cobra adventure – Willemijn Stokvis

donderdag 1 jan 1970 t/m donderdag 1 jan 1970

On Saturday, September 16, at 3 p.m., Willemijn Stokvis will give a lecture on her Cobra adventure.

Fifty years ago Willemijn Stokvis obtained her doctorate on the international Cobra movement. Since then she has written numerous publications and articles on Cobra and curated exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. Researching Cobra was one big adventure for Stokvis and runs like a thread through her life. 

As an art history student, Stokvis was there early on to study the Cobra movement. At a time when it was unusual to research contemporary art, she worked her way into the circle of Cobra artists and came up with new and unique insights. In doing so, Stokvis made a very significant contribution to the knowledge and appreciation of this group of artists.   

The exhibition shows a selection of the many publications and articles Stokvis wrote. Also on display from her own archive is a special collection of personal letters, which provide a unique insight into the lives and work of various Cobra artists and many others with whom she maintained extensive correspondence.

onder: v.l.n.r. Karel Appel, Rob Sneeps, Rik Fernhout en Willemijn Stokvis 1990 Gemeente Museum Den Haag.
foto Nico Koster.

Museum temporarily closed due to installing exhibitions

maandag 9 okt 2023 t/m donderdag 19 okt 2023


From 10 October until 19 October 2023, the museum will be temporarily closed due to installing new exhibitions. The museum will reopen its doors on Friday 20 October.

Cobra 75: A Cry for Freedom!

vrijdag 20 okt 2023 t/m zondag 12 mei 2024


On 8 November 2023 it is exactly 75 years ago that the Cobra movement was founded in Paris. Its members were artists and poets from various European countries. The joy of complete spiritual and artistic freedom and spontaneity was their counterbalance to the nightmare of the war. Cobra caused quite an uproar in the Netherlands. The Dutch press spoke of ‘scribble, claptrap and splotches’.

“We had non-stop discussions and disagreed on almost all points. But the cooperation was fruitful as long as we were able to keep it up. The point was that we wanted to understand each other in order to agree. This attitude created an inspiring cooperation of an incredibly broad scope.” Asger Jorn, in 1967.

The revolutionary Cobra movement is now entrenched in European art history. Cobra is mainly associated with colourful, expressive-spontaneous painting that continued to have an influence for a long time. With the exhibition, the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen shows that Cobra was much more than that ‘cheerful colourful art movement’ it became to the general public.

The founders had very different ideas about the meaning of Cobra. For some the meaning could be found in Cobra’s contribution to artistic developments, for others in Cobra’s spirit of absolute freedom and for yet others in the collaboration between the members and the cross-pollination between poets and painters. One thing is certain: there was never any unanimity about the meaning of Cobra. Perhaps it is precisely the contradictions and disagreements between its members that determine Cobra’s character, since these give Cobra its vitality. 

This exhibition focuses on the diverse, sometimes diametrically opposed perspectives on Cobra. The selection of 90 works and archive material emphasises the period when the movement officially existed (1948-1951), although works from earlier and later dates are also included. 

Especially for this exhibition, there is a handout with more in-depth information. This handout can be downloaded by clicking on the image.