Het Schip, Ambachtenzaal, ©Léontine Geffen-Lamers

Amsterdam School: constructed ideals

Admire our permanent exhibition about the Amsterdam School on the first floor of the museum!

The contemporary, interactive exhibition guarantees a surprising and inspiring visit for adults and children, including movies, mirrors, plays of shadows, soundscapes and multitouch tables. Visitors will vividly experience what it is like to be surrounded with the craftsmanship, inspiration and imaginative splendour of the Amsterdam School.

The exhibition shows the variety and wide range of the Amsterdam School movement. Architects, artists, housing authorities, passionate administrators and skilled craftsmen constructed the ideals in their own way, resulting in workers' palaces such as the Ship, the Dageraad and the Shipping House. In the whole country of the Netherlands one can admire these Amsterdam School buildings.

The Amsterdam School is an art and architecture movement of romance, the imagination and social ideals. Beauty and art were not only reserved for the elite but served the whole society. The exhibition will introduce you to the richness of the Amsterdam School style: the buildings, the art and the elevation of the working class. The Amsterdam School as a movement culminated in the early twentieth century, but still inspires to this day.

The exhibition shows the collection of Museum Het Schip, including a set of master bedroom furniture designed by architect Piet Kramer, and an original lamp, painting and closet by Michel de Klerk. There are also several works made by sculptor Hildo Krop on display. An entire living room by Michel de Klerk, designed for 't Woonhuys, comes from the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Amsterdam Museum. The Cultural Heritage Agency has given several Amsterdam School lamps and artworks for the exhibition in long-term loan. The exhibition is made possible by various funds and sponsors.

Museum Het Schip shows the beauty of the Amsterdam School in full glory. 

The exhibition can be accessed by elevator.


Brandwacht & Meijer
Hardware and lightning
Rapenburg Plaza
Graphic design:
Marjolein Triesscheijn
Audio- and videoproductions
Captain Video
Sylvain Vriens
Project leader:
Heske Dam
Barend Blom
Eliza Perez
Nikki Manger, Marjon van Wier, Joao Vitalis

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