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A night at the Cobra Museum with the Guggenheim Collection

Thanks to the fabulous Femke of Femkeido fame, I was invited recently to a swanky dinner and guided tour at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen. It had been a bit of a race against the clock to catch the metro on time in Amsterdam, but luckily it was only a twenty-minute ride and so I entered the museum at six thirty sharp. I love a good museum and thanks to my blog, I sometimes get invited to private guided tours – like last spring when I was at the HTC One M8 launch party at the Stedelijk and  got to spend some time alone at the Marcel Wanders exhibition. I was hoping for something similar and let me tell you, the Cobra Museum did not disappoint  – to put it mildly.

The evening started with an fascinating tour of an exhibition called ‘From the Guggenheim Museum to the Cobra Museum of Modern Art’. It’s a bit of a mouthful and with it’s overwhelming collection of abstract art from the 1950’s it was a LOT take in. Luckily, our tour guide was a great story teller with some great anecdotes about the Guggenheim, the artists and the way this unique exhibition came together. Did you know for instance the Guggenheim insisted that all their priceless paintings be displayed behind glass before they agreed to have them displayed at the Cobra Museum? One painting turned out to be way too big, however, and is on display sans glass – like the Karel Appel painting that was on loan from a private collection. Great stories if you’re a bit of a museum buff like me!

After the tour, I ended up in particular good company at my dinner table. It was great to catch up with Femke and to also meet Marion, who handles the PR for the Cobra, and John from the JohnDoesAmsterdam.com blog. Between the hors d’oeuvre and the entree, John and I snuck back into the Guggenheim exhibition area to take some more pictures. And let me tell you, if there is one thing that makes me a very happy man is spending some time alone in a museum. To be in the presence of all those famous paintings by Jackson Pollock, Karel Appel and Willem de Kooning was a unique experience to say the least.

 The Guggenheim collection will be on display at the Cobra Museum until August 31, 2014. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

A picture of the tour I posted on my @therealinteriorator Instagram account
A private dinner at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen, the Netherlands /// More on Interiorator.com

A fancy dinner at a museum – definitely up my alley.

The Cobra Museum in Amstelveen /// More on Interiorator.com

I had the museum to myself (well, almost) after the hors d’oeuvres

Karel Appel at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen, the Netherlands /// More on Interiorator.com

 

The Karel Appel painting I told you about in the blogpost

Asger Jorn - Green Ballet at the Guggenheim Collection exhibition at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen /// More on Interiorator.com

Asger Jorn – Green Ballet

From the Guggenheim Collection to the Cobra Museum of Modern Art /// More on Interiorator.com

Alone at the museum!

The textile pattern Karel Appel designed in the 1950's for Dutch department store de Bijenkorf

The textile pattern Karel Appel designed in the 1950’s for Dutch department store de Bijenkorf 

From the Guggenheim Collection to the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen, the Netherlands /// More on Interiorator.com

Willem de Kooning - Composition /// More on Interiorator.com

Willem de Kooning – Composition

From the Guggenheim Collection to the Cobra Museum of Modern Art

Louise Bourgeois - Dagger Child and Femme Volage

Louise Bourgeois – Dagger Child and Femme Volage

Louise Bourgeois - Dagger Child and Femme Volage

Louise Bourgeois – Dagger Child and Femme Volage

 

 

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