Choose one of our Amsterdam apartments near RAI
Exhibition and Convention Centre and plan your holiday to explore the cultural
offer of PAN Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is an annual event organized in the charming and prosperous district
of Amsterdam-Zuid. It begins with the end of November (usually the third week;
in 2013 it is open from 24 November to 1 December for that matter) and attracts
hordes of art-lovers, exhibitors, designers and antique merchants. With its 25
years of existence, it has become the most significant national fair for art,
design and antiques and as such, it is a must-see not only for the plenty of
absolutely original items you may find on the spot, but also because of the
unusual atmosphere of this memorable happening.
The overall feel
enter the Amsterdam RAI exhibition hall any other time of the year than late
autumn, you’ll most surely notice the business/museum-like atmosphere. This,
however, changes completely with the arrival of PAN Amsterdam fair. Expect to
witness some true resourcefulness in terms of decoration of the interiors –
plushy carpets lining the alleys, a range fluffy ornaments and lots of
classical motifs, but also an abundance of modern-day exhibits and intriguing
items scattered all over the premises of the fair. Though the occasion is a bit
formal – not to say snobbish, no particular dress code applies, but be prepared
to see some really ‘exotic’ outfits among the visiting crowd, which actually
adds to the appeal of this extraordinary event. Still, there are some
limitations on the access – cameras, umbrellas, large bags or backpacks are not
allowed on the premises; also, no art objects can be brought to the fair, even
for the purpose of evaluation.
Quality over quantity
from authentic Roman and Greek statues, through contemporary art and
photography and finishing with originals by the Old Masters, PAN Amsterdam is a
perfect place for art enthusiasts in search of surprise, quality, variety and
genuineness. Hundreds of exhibitors and art dealers gather for this special
occasion, arriving from all over the Nethrlands, Germany and Belgium,
displaying not only their local treasures, but also boasting a great selection
of most astonishing works of art from all over the world!
quality is the key word for the fair, much attention is paid to the
authenticity of the displayed objects. Many experts constantly keep their eye
on the exhibits, matching them to the strict criteria applied, and if anything
is found non-compliant with the standards, it is immediately removed from the
site – this inspires confidence among potential buyers and helps to retain the
high rank of the event. By the way, it is possible to accompany these vetting
experts and hear them talking on the subject of their examination by way of a
special tour (in Dutch) – free of charge, but limited to the number of 10
persons per one round. It is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper insight into
the profession of those responsible for the final composition of the fair.
The target group
part in PAN Amsterdam as an exhibitor, you must be an art dealer or a
gallery-runner – and registered with the Chamber of Commerce for 3 years
minimum. However, the fair is open to spectators without any need for registration,
so the only criterion that matters in this case is your avocation for art.
After all, the event is not only about commerce, but it also provides a unique
opportunity to participate in free lectures on selected subjects, meet with
like-minded people, listen to many experienced collectors and curators talking
about their collections and travel through time with may astonishing unique
works of art from virtually every possible period.
Amsterdam also offers a guided tour (unfortunately only in Dutch) around PAN
(called “Rondje PAN” in Dutch) where you can learn more of the items featured
at the exhibition. It takes place every day of the fair at 13:00 and 14:00; the
ticket price is €5 per person and there is a limit of maximum 15 persons per
local attraction to be enjoyed is live music by a famous Amsterdam double bass
player by the name of Rene van Beeck accompanied by his musical friends. His
music is a great background for the exhibition, but if you wish to preview his
repertoire first, head to Café Brix (Mondays) or to Café Luxembourg (Fridays)
to hear and watch him play.
Getting to and inside the fair
Parkhal is located just outside Amsterdam RAI Station; you can get there via NS
train, tram 4 or bus 51 departing from Amsterdam Centraal.
takes place in hall 8 and is open every day from 11:00 to 19:00, with the
exception of 24 November (Thursday) and 1 December (Sunday), when it is open to
The fees for entrance are €15.00 per person,
€40.00 for a ‘passepartout’ (‘passkey’ or ‘passport’) per person (valid for the
entire fair), €7.50 for children from 12 to 18 and €12.50 per catalogue;
children under 12 accompanied by an adult are allowed to enter free of charge.