The 2 Museums You Need to Visit in Amsterdam
The 2 Museums You Need to Visit in Amsterdam. Alright, now THE museum you DO need to visit (that I did not, because I failed to get tickets ahead of time) IS the Van Gogh Museum. That’s the gem of all gems in Amsterdam.
But! Because I wasn’t able to attend a tour at Van Gogh I went with two spot that’s were just as intricate, full of history and truly — breathtaking: the Rijksmuseum and the Moco Museum. Rijks was very much historical, housing 3 Van Gogh’s (so, technically I did see VG, just not all of him), Rembrandt and many more.
At the Rijksmuseum, art and history take on new meaning for a broad-based, contemporary national and international audience.
As a national institute, the Rijksmuseum offers a representative overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and of major aspects of European and Asian art.
The second museum I visited was a more modern — the Moco Museum which hosts exhibitions from Salvador Dali and Banksy. Salvador Dali is one of my favorite artists. I actually paid attention to his content in my Art History 101 class in college. His genius was both brilliant and mad (much like Pittsburgh-born Andy Warhol … another one of my favorite artists).
Dali’s concepts capturing and communicating the time we have here on earth, as humans, with the melted clocks is both literal and abstract. There is also PLENTY of fashion inspired by Dali, including these two beauts:
The designers inspired by Dali that are listed on the placard next to these two cocktail dresses include: Moschino, Catherine Walker, Enrico Coveri and Sonia Rykiel.
Banksy was the other famous artist found within in the Moco — of whom is still alive, but remains faceless and unknown. Banksy’s got the right idea remaining faceless, given the fact that most artists aren’t fully appreciated until after they’ve died. His concepts are modern juxtapositions that subtly (while not so subtly) encourage love not war.
He’s most well known for his Girl with Balloon and Street Fighter with a Bouquet of Flowers.