Realisme Art Fair in Amsterdam

Art AmsterdamBeing an important center of the avant-garde art in Northern Europe, Amsterdam has also another, much older and richer tradition – that of realism. Dutch painters were famous since Renaissance through the 18, 19 and 20 century. In the middle of the 20c., a movement called magic realism contributed with important figurative paintings depicting figurative scenes in a fantastic, mysterious scenery.

Today this long tradition is still being continued by several artists and many Amsterdam art galleries as Galerie Mokum, Jaski Art Gallery, Galerie Petit, Galerie Lieve Hemel, Galerie Rademakers, just to name a few. Since 2003, once a year, an art fair dedicated to the figurative art is being organized in Amsterdam called Realisme (Realism). During this event, 30 most important galleries from the Netherlands and Belgium show their realistic art collections, lectures are being organized (free, in Dutch) and a possibility to draw and paint in a realistic way is presented to the visitors.

During the opening of the fair, the medal is being given each year to one figurative artist, selected by the jury. This award has been named after late Ms. Sacha Tanja, who led for many years an important figurative art collection of the ING Bank.


Realisme happens every year in the middle of January.


Passenger Terminal Amsterdam - PTA
Piet Heinkade 27, 1019 BR Amsterdam.
Please note, that the newly built Passenger Terminal Amsterdam is located in a walking distance from the Central Station (10 minutes). PTA has also its own parking facility.


Adults: € 12,- ; Students and people 65+: € 8,-.


Realisme Art Fair in Amsterdam
Piet Heinkade 27
1019 BR   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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