New, Worldly Art Exhibit Comes to Amsterdam in February

Charger. Arita, Japan, late 17th century. Porcelain. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. © 2006 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Jeffrey Dykes

Asia arrives in Amsterdam through art this spring. The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is presenting a new exhibit, Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age, this February that focus on how Asian luxuries impacted the Dutch way of life in the 17th century. PEM received loans from more than 60 collections worldwide, including from British, Swedish and Dutch royal households. They also received treasures from museums and private collections in the Netherlands and throughout Europe and the U.S.

The exhibit, which is being co-organized with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, but will be on view at PEM.

Cellaret. Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia), with flasks from Arita, Japan, 1680-1700. Calamander with silver mounts and velvet lining, and porcelain. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Items that will be on display that the Dutch would have acquired from Asia during the 1600s include, blue and white porcelain from China, lacquer boxes from Japan, jewels from India and more.

This worldly exhibit will be on display from February 27 to June 5, 2016.

Remember: For clients sailing on river cruises through Amsterdam this spring (both Ama Waterways and Avalon Waterways have options) this exhibit, we think, is a excellent option for a post- or pre-trip venture.

Also, clients who visit next year (through September 18, 2016) should also check out the exhibit, Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art at PEM. The works in this collection make museum-goers think about relative size and proportion, as it deals with the natural world.