Temporary exhibition: Amsterdam in stained glass

The exhibition Amsterdam in stained glass can be seen in the Grachtenmuseum until 14 April 2024.

Old technique

Robin Kapitein (1992), an artist from Amsterdam-Noord, has breathed new life into the old craft of stained-glass. His work incorporates typical Amsterdam motifs and influences such as hip-hop and street culture, making a somewhat forgotten technique attractive to a new audience.
Kapitein’s new works produced especially for this exhibition feature Amsterdam’s canals and other icons, recreated in his own distinctive style.


Listen to the artist

Kapitein: “As a painter I worked mainly on canalside houses, and came across a lot of stained-glass,” he says. “I always had to be very careful with it, so it became special to me. I explored the technique in depth, but wanted to do something more modern with it. I used the city and its culture, nature and people as the inspiration for contemporary designs in bright colours  with bold, dark lines. During lockdown, this went from a hobby to a profession, and today I’m very proud to show my latest work in the Museum of the Canals.”

In the audio tour, Robin talks about his love for this art form and explains the artworks on display.

Amsterdam in stained glass

Temporary exhibition: Who lived here?

In the exhibition Who lived here? we will highlight three
remarkable former residents.

On view until 30 June.

Former residents

Many prominent Amsterdammers lived in this house on the Herengracht; bankers, mayors and influential people from Amsterdam. This part of Amsterdam’s Canal District was where some of the most wealthy people built their homes. Over the past 400 years, this house has been a place where many joys and sorrows have been shared, until the opening of the museum in 2012.

In this exhibition, we highlight three remarkable former residents. The first residents of this house in the 17th century, a banker who co-financed the United States’ fight for independence a century later and the last resident of this house at the beginning of the 20th century.