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Founded in 2008 by acclaimed architect Marco de Piaggi, Radar aims to provide a platform for unconventional and innovative artists to showcase their work. The gallery avoids patronizing any particular medium and welcomes everything from photography and sculpture to video art. Apart from this, the museum also hosts exhibitions on architecture. Challenging the traditional notions of art, the award-winning Radar is a unique gallery in the city's art scenario.
Museum Van Loon is housed along a canal in a building made of two structures dating from 1672. In 1884 the house was bought by the Van Loon family. The Van Loons lived there until 1945. After a full renovation, the house became a museum in 1974. The collection consists of 17th and 18th-Century family portraits combined with a great number of signed pieces of furniture, porcelain and gold medals, giving the period rooms a distinct ambiance.
For those who admire the Dutch knack of designing, Arcam Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam must be a part of your itinerary. Lectures, discussion and exhibitions are frequently organized here. Previous discussions have included scientific city planning and developments around the Science Park. Exhibitions have included those on architecture by Moroccan Dutch and the city's cultural heritage. The center has an 'information point', where you can read architecture magazines, books, newspaper cuttings and maps. The building itself is a work of art, so if you are an architecture entusiast, this place is for you.
The Stedelijk Museum curates and presents modern, contemporary art and design, thereby inspiring national and international audiences. Striking a great balance between traditional and modern roles, the museum also acts as a springboard for the city's contemporary visual arts scene. With the help of its unique collections, it reaches out to art enthusiasts through a multifaceted program of shows and exhibitions. Some of its collections feature artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as works of eminent artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. A prime fixture in the city's art scene, this museum is worthy of every itinerary.
The eye-catching building in Westerpark is perhaps pioneering architect Michel de Klerk's most famous specimen of the Amsterdam School of architecture. The building's curved, brick-exposed features make it one of the most unique in the city. Built in 1919, the sprawling building originally contained homes for the working class as well as a post office and a meeting hall. The facility now offers tours highlighting and explaining the stellar features and design philosophy of the building. Apart from this, visitors can also witness the old post office and various exhibits relating to the homes within the building. The original site of the post office is now a leading architecture school.