24 December 2019
From the Prinsengracht, the Amsterdam Pipe Museum wishes everyone a peaceful and merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020. The enclosed digital Christmas card shows one of our exceptional purchases from the past few months: an (almost) complete excavated pipe from the seventeenth century with a double Janus head. In camouflage colour between the Christmas branches, it is hardly noticeable that this is an absolute masterpiece of extreme rarity!
Until October of the new year we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of our special collection with all kinds of activities. Be welcome to visit our unique museum with well-equipped museum shop in the New Year!
Christmas in the museum
18 December 2019
As of today, the entire museum floor of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum has been transformed into a Christmas setting. The tree is in full glory, decorated with many balls and streamers and of course dozens of lights. Underneath a beautiful Italian nativity scene, awaiting the Jesus child. At the back, the three kings are already trudging through the sand to reach the stable. The festive decoration is unique in our museum and is highly appreciated by volunteers as well as visitors. You are very welcome to have a look and sniff some pine air. We wish everyone happy holidays.Permalink
Modern Art by exception
11 December 2019
From December 20, artist Doreen Wittenbols will exhibit her work in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. A first and unique opportunity for a living artist! As you can see she has a thing for pipe smoking. Her father-in-law's tobacco pipes prompted her to ask whether pipe smoking could also be for women. In our museum she saw the famous portrait of pipe smoking lady by the French portraitist Mme. Vigee-Le Brun from 1820. It inspired her to take self-portraits and photos of other women with a pipe, some supplemented with paint to suggest aging or rejuvenation. It seems to be a kind of analogue photo shopping or virtual botoxing. A real art project, the result of which can be seen with us for some time until 20 January 2020. After the exhibition, the work will be taken to her home town of Santa Fe in the United States. Doreen also exhibits simultaneously in Arti et Amicitia at the Rokin in Amsterdam, presenting the same subject.Permalink