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In 2018 TEFAF Maastricht returns between 9-18th of March, featuring a wide selection of fine art, antiques and design, with artworks ranging from classical antiquities to modern works of art of the 20th century. The art fair which covers about 7000 years of art was established in 1988 and has served as a platform for art dealers, experts, buyers and lovers ever since.

TEFAF, photography: Mark Niedermann

In spring Maastricht and Amsterdam come alive with many exciting art events and exhibitions to choose from if you’re staying for the week.

When in Maastricht, you can explore the idiosyncratic artist Ted Noten‘s works at ’TED’ exhibition in the Museum aan het Vrijthof (March 1st – August 19th 2018).The unusual objects play with contrasting textures and juxtaposing concepts of beauty and violence, perfection and decay, evoking all kinds of mixed and exciting emotions on the receiving end.

Museum aan het Vrijthof - Ted Noten (photography: Ted Noten)

As for more traditional artworks, the exhibition Top Ten on Tour: Masterpieces acquired for the Netherlands thanks to the BankGiro Lottery feature and eclectic selection of works by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Appel, Steen, Monet, and Picasso. The artworks will travel to six different museums in the Netherlands and the tour will finish at 25 March at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.

Marres, House for Contemporary Culture presents the exhibition Dreaming Awake, an all-encompassing work of art which aims to bring the the sticky, damp, invasive and powerful experience of a rainforest to the visitors, an artwork definitely not just for the eyes.


A trainride away from Maastricht, in Amsterdam he Rijksmuseum presents ‘High Society’: four centuries of glamour by the great masters of the history of art. The exhibition features Cranach, Veronese, Velázquez, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Sargent, Munch and Manet – 35 paintings from international museums and private collections. See interesting “behind the scenes” videos on the YouTube channel of the museum.

Amsterdam Central Station
Amsterdam Central Station
Rijksmuseum poster

Also in Amsterdam, Moco Museum is displaying around 50 of the street-art legend Banksy’s famous thought-provoking pieces. Known for his outdoor works, not many know that Banksy also creates art for indoors, unique works on canvas, wood and paper. In the same museum, you can also view works of Roy Lichtenstein, which seemingly have an easy-to-understand surface, but contain many layers of premeditated, sophisticated depth. Both exhibitions run until 31 May, 2018.


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