Cobra is an avant-garde art movement of European artists from the 1940s and 1950s who originated from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam - hence the acronym CoBrA.
The artists developed the movement in Paris before taking their work to a wider audience in New York.
The popular Cobra museum in Amstelveen (south of Amsterdam) highlights paintings and sculptures from the movement and also holds frequent exhibitions of other modern artists.
The Cobra collection contains various works from renowned Dutch Cobra artists such as Karel Appel, Constant and Corneille; and also from Danish, Belgian and French Cobra artists. This abstract style of art has child-like quality with bright colours, bold brush strokes and distorted human figures.
The Cobra museum opened in 1995 and is housed in a modern building designed by Dutch architect Wim Quist. The galleries have a light, airy and pleasant feel with floor to ceiling windows overlooking water and gardens. Labelling is in both Dutch and English.
The museum has a shop at the reception and a café serving drinks and snacks. Outside the front entrance of the museum is The Fountain, an interesting water sculpture by Karel Appel.
The Cobra is recommended if you have a particular interest in the movement or modern art in general. It can be seen in an hour or two, although do allow a further 30-45 minutes each way to travel to/from the centre of Amsterdam.
Cobra Museum Essential Info
Opening Times: Tue-Sun 1000-1700, closed Mon.
Admission Prices (2017): Adults €12, children 6-18 €7.50. FREE entry to children 0-5, Iamsterdam City Card and Museumkaart holders. Note, special exhibitions can attract a supplement. Guided tours (€90) by art historians can be arranged in advance for groups (max 20 people).
Getting There: The museum is located in the centre of Amstelveen, a satellite town to the south of Amsterdam. It can be reached by tram 5 (stop: Amstelveen Binnenhof) or metro 51 (stop: Amstelveen Centrum) and walking 5-10mins towards the centre. Alternatively take buses 142, 170 or 172 from Amsterdam Central or Museumplein to Amstelveen bus station which is just across from the museum.
Museum, Sandbergplein 1, Amstelveen
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