December 2015. Copenhagen – Brussels –Amsterdam . The CoBrA art school was formed shortly after the end of World War 2, a consciously international movement which rejected both naturalism and the newly emerging abstract art forms.
The CobrA Museum in Amsterdam is at Amstelveen, an easy tram ride out to the west of the city. “The CoBrA artists, many of whom had left-wing political leanings following the isolation and divisions inflicted by the war, wanted to create a new form of art that transcended national borders and could assume a central place in society”.
There is a permanent exhibition of Joan Miro (and others) who was associated with CobrA, with a changing display of pictures, ceramics and other objects.
Unfortunately the English language brochure had sold out – my Dutch is poor – and it proved impossible to get an explanation of the exhibitions in English – very unusual in a country where almost everyone speaks English. However there is a wealth of information about CoBrA on line and several books in the library at Bower Ashton, including the comprehensive, “CoBrA, 40 Years After”, published in 1988.
This art gallery is an essential visit for any art student arriving in Amsterdam; there are also CoBrA exhibitions elsewhere in the city, from time to time.