If you’re looking for
a ‘motion-picture’ type of fun and do not want to give up on all the
attractions you can find in the heart of the city, then a short ferry trip
across the IJ lake behind Amsterdam Centraal shall satisfy all of your
criteria. And this comes even easier if you choose to stay with us in one of
our conveniently-located Amsterdam apartments!
Institute Netherlands is the Dutch centre form film culture and heritage, but
its operations have been appreciated on a global scale. With lots of activities
focusing on preservation, promotion and general support of cinematography
housed under its roof, the place is not only a pioneer in the field, but also a
treasury of many intriguing achievements in the area of motion pictures,
available to be explored in the most amazing museum (formerly known as, simply,
Filmmuseum) dedicated to the topic.
The Place – the location and the look
remarkable EYE Film Institute Netherlands is an instant eye-catcher already
from the outside – provided that you turn your head northwards upon your
arrival to Amsterdam Centraal. The thing is, people usually get stunned by the
charming surroundings of Damrak, Oude Kerk and other ‘central’ attractions
reached by a short walk to the south, but it is only enough to look to the
opposite side – across the glassy surface of the IJ lake – to notice a true gem
of the modern-day architecture. The gleaming-white sharp-edged state-of-the-art
building, apparently floating above the water, is where the EYE is located. Erected
in the contemporary urban development of Overhoeks district, directly at IJ
Promenade, the new facility of the Institute – designed by Delugan Meissl
Associated Architects from Austria (responsible also for Porsche Museum in
Stuttgart, among others) – overlooks the city, forming an inspiring element of
the local landscape, pushing the limits of conceptual art and creating a
memorable interplay between light, space and movement. This exceptional design
of the exteriors is a tangible representation of the idea of film being a state
of permanent change, elaborated upon inside the interiors of the place.
EYE – There’s more to it than meets the eye…
Beatrix officially opened the Institute on April 4, 2012, some expressed their
regrets concerning the move of the museum (known as Nederlands Filmmuseum back
then) from the historic area of the Vondelpark to the new location, but it soon
became obvious that the newly-adapted 1,200 square meters of available surface
are much more convenient for a place like this. Plus, it’s closer to Schiphol
than the Vondelpark is. Furthermore, the seemingly ‘stern’ architecture of the
new EYE edifice reflects the concept of progress and evolution, which is
inherent to the film industry, and makes the most of the rich collection of
exciting exhibits on display to the visitors.
It would be
an understatement to say that the EYE is a museum or a cinematheque; a more
correct way to describe it in short would be a ‘temple of cinema’. Indeed, the
overall atmosphere and the abundance of fantastic items found inside and within
your reach make you feel an integral part of the whole cinematography business,
not just a random visitor. The museum itself holds around 40,000 film titles, 60,000
posters, 500,000 photographs, huge film music collection, dozens of pieces of
film equipment and many personal archives, with the oldest materials dating as
far back as 1895! This extensive collection is a great addition to the already
abundant film library found at Vondelstraat and accessed free of charge.
to the current EYE complex and starting with the fundamentals, the basement
level offers a free-of-charge set of exhibitions consisting of several
inspiring highlights, among which you’ll find the so-called Panorama room, Pods
The Panorama room
is – as the name suggests – a room walled with
broad screens displaying film fragments, controlled by seven control panels
where you can change the images grouped into different categories: Discovery of
the World, Battle, Film Stars, Slapstick, Color and, of course, the Netherlands.
are small (but really comfortable) car-like
booths where visitors can take part in further interactive exhibitions by
watching both short fragments, as well as full films, additionally guided in
their cinematographic journey by some well-known Dutch figures like Jeroen
Krabbe or Georgina Verbaan. Moreover, these pods offer also an opportunity to
take a film quiz to check your knowledge of the business. Are you up for the
is where you’ll come across a selection of
many interactive installations allowing you to discover the ‘secrets’ of film
in an exciting, playful way. Some of the installations featured so far include,
for instance, a project by the name of Flipbook Machine, where participants
could film a short sequence of themselves and then divide it into separate
frames to finally print it onto a flipbook (think old Disney cartoons)!
the permanent exhibitions, the EYE features as many as four cinemas viewing
many fine classics on a daily basis. You can choose between a 67-seat small
Parisian-styled viewing room, two 13-seat ones and one with 315 seats; the
selection of video material is equally impressive, ranging silent film, through
the famous Czech cartoon ‘The Adventures of the Mole’ by Zdenek Miler to some of
the most seminal works by Scorsese. There’s always something for everyone, no
matter when you go there.
interesting feature is the section dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Channeled
into promoting the creative output of selected artists active in the field of
cinematography, the EYE delivers a sound portion of knowledge and a deeper
insight into the world of those responsible for some of the most notable
figures in the industry. If you come to Amsterdam before 9 June 2013, you’ll be
able to learn of the works by Johan van der Keuken – a late significant Dutch
modern-day movie is complete without extras. The same rule seems to apply in
the EYE, for it offers a range of additional facilities in the form of a lavishly
supplied film shop where you can purchase many local souvenirs, DVDs and
postcards. Apart from that, there’s also an indoor restaurant with great views
on the outside and a tasty menu, so the EYE becomes the perfect place for a
comprehensive cinematography-themed trip.
Institute is located on IJpromenade 1. The best way to get there is to take a
free ferry (line 56, direction – Buiksloterweg) from the quay behind Amsterdam
Centraal; it leaves every 12 minutes and the trip over the IJ lake takes about
admission fees and opening hours are as follows:
before, the permanent exhibition in the basement is open free of charge and can
be entered daily from 10:00 to 18:00.
exhibitions section opens daily from 11:00 to 18:00 and the tickets cost as
follows: adults: € 8; children up to 11 – free; seniors 65+, holders of the
Stadspas: € 6, Museum Card and iAmsterdam card – free of charge.
prices for film screenings cost € 10; for senior visitors 65+ – € 8.50; friend
of the Eye Institute and children up to 11 – € 7.50; screenings for the
citizens of the Amsterdam North – free admission. Film concerts tickets cost €
15 for adults and € 7.50 for children up to 11.
also an option to purchase a combination ticket (screening plus exhibition) for
€ 14; it’s worth remembering that tickets purchased on-line are as always €
that the EYE is closed completely on 30 April.
For some more up-to-date information, visit www.eyefilm.nl/en