Football Hallelujah! (Voetbal Halleluja!) is the latest temporary exhibition at Amsterdam Museum. It looks at football as the new religion symbolised by fans making pilgrimages to cathedral-like stadiums. This fascinating exhibition will be of great interest to any sport enthusiasts and runs between 12 September 2014 to 4 January 2015.
The striking image of Diego Maradona in prayer is used as the exhibition logo.
The exhibition has been very well curated and tackles the sport from various angles using photos, video, audio and memorabilia. Of interest is the look at fan rituals – such as prayers before games or Orange-decked Dutch supporters – to the more heated rivalries, like that between Dutch clubs Ajax (Amsterdam) and Feyenoord (Rotterdam). It also covers some negative aspects of the sport such as violence, ultras, hooliganism and racism.
On display are the following thought-provoking “dual” shirts – a combined Germany-Holland shirt, great country rivals and neighbours who played the 1974 World Cup final less than 30 years after World War 2; an Israel-Ajax shirt, which shows the Jewish identity taken on by fans of Ajax; a Morocco-Holland shirt identifying the mixed allegiance of many Dutch Moroccans; a shirt of the 3 Istanbul clubs combined, supported by many Dutch Turks; a Rangers-Celtic shirt, Old Firm rivals from Glasgow.
The exhibition has a rich collection of memorabilia on show such as an Ajax player shirt, a pair of Maradona-worn Argentina shorts and Daley Blind’s Holland shirt from the World Cup 2014 match against Spain. Perhaps the most iconic piece is Marco Van Basten’s Holland shirt worn during the Euro 88 final against the Soviet Union when he scored that remarkable volley.
There is a free audio tour with the exhibition.
This is a must-see for all football fans whether expats, residents or those just visiting Amsterdam. All info is labelled in both Dutch and English.
Entry is included with the standard admission to Amsterdam Museum at Kalverstraat 92 / Sint Luciënsteeg 27. The permanent collection also includes a small section on 1970s Ajax and Johan Cruyff.
The exhibition is held in conjunction with Historisches Museum Basel and will also tour around various European locations in the future.