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27-February-2015

Spanish Masters in Amsterdam

The ‘Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya’ exhibition can be admired in the Hermitage until 29 May. This exhibition draws attention to the broader context of painting in the Spanish Golden Century (second half of the sixteenth and the seventeenth century) and the echoes and continuation in subsequent centuries.

Spanish masterpieces were created during the reign of Philip II, the absolute monarch of a colonial empire who enforced strict rules for Catholic paintings. The period that followed was dominated by artists including Francisco de Zurbáran, also known as the Spanish Caravaggio.

A great many aspects of Spanish history are highlighted in this collection, such as the horrors of Napoleon’s conquest in 1808, bullfighting and Mediterranean pub life. The variation of the exhibition is also expressed in the alternation of Spanish painting styles: Baroque, Rococo, dramatic realism and spiritual minimalism.

Kriterion

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This art house cinema has been run by students since the Second World War. Service might be a bit slow sometimes but they do show some of the best movies in town, have a marvellous lounge where you could easily wile away a part of your day and turn into a bustling hangout for hipsters, students and filmfans later at night. They host an array of sympathetic film festivals and every first Sunday of the month a free acoustic concert at 5 pm.

It has a nice terrace right on the Roetersstraat, across from the University of Amsterdam

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The sneak preview at 10 pm on Tuesdays has become somewhat of an Amsterdam tradition. Expect a packed room, surprising features and a vocal crowd

Even for just a drink Kriterion is an excellent place. It offers an intimate bar feeling