View works from the local avant-garde art movement known as COBRA at this museum located just outside Amsterdam’s city limits.
The CoBrA Movement
Are you familiar with this category of art? TheCoBrA Movement was a European art movement active from 1948 to 1951. The name was coined from the initials of the members’ home cities: Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br), Amsterdam (A).
The Cobra Museum in Amstelveen is the leading authority on the Dutch Cobra movement and has a substantial collection of Cobra art and documentary material, and exhibits Cobra artists as well as their peers, illustrating both the Cobra movement and its place in art history. The exhibitions are often combined with cultural and education activities aimed at highlighting the social and historical importance of the Cobra art movement. In addition, the museum exhibits modern art which can be placed in the Cobra tradition.
The intriguing building, designed by Dutch architect Wim Quist, has a circular shaped glass atrium and views over the nearby canal. You’ll see some of the museum’s sculptures seemingly floating in the canal outside too.
The art is displayed on two floors, with those additional sculptures outside surrounding the museum. The COBRA Museum changes their exhibits regularly so be sure to check their website to see what is on now.
The Cobra museum is sometimes overlooked by visitors to Amsterdam who mainly head in droves to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. However it is well worth the trip outside of the city center for lovers of art.
You can easily reach the museum by tram and there is even a parking lot next door for those who have a car.
Sandbergplein 1, Amstelveen
You might enjoy these other museums:
- Van Gogh Museum
- Stedelijk Museum
- Tate Britain
- Chicago Art Institute
- Des Moines Art Center