Discover Benelux, Issue 37, January 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Amsterdam  |  The Ultimate Winter Destination

Photo: Maarten Noordijk

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Enter into the world of cinema TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA  |  PHOTOS: EYE FILMMUSEUM

When your train arrives at Amsterdam Central Station, be sure to look across the waters of the River IJ. What you will see is a true eye catcher. A spectacular architectural building that is just as special on the inside as it is on the outside. This is film museum EYE: comprising four different screening rooms and a 1,200-square-metre space showcasing changing exhibitions on the subject of film and contemporary arts. “In the most extensive meaning of the word, we specialise in film, photography and visual arts,” explains publicity manager Marnix van Wijk. At the EYE Filmmuseum you will have a truly unique experience. The permanent exhibition illustrates the history of film based on the technological developments. “This happened way faster than in any other form of art. In just 120 years we have gone from the camera obscura to shooting your own film and watching films on your iPhone. We show this devel20  |  Issue 37  |  January 2017

opment by displaying all sorts of devices used over the years.” It is not just film’s technical aspects that are explored. Next door, you will find a room showing scenes from different genres of films. “Rebel Without a Cause, Shrek, Ben-Hur; this is the history of film in a nutshell. It is fun for young and old to browse through the history of film in this playful way. Also, on Sundays we have special screenings for parents and infants where little ones can walk around during the movie.”

animation. In 2017 we will host the exhibition with the collection of Martin Scorsese including storyboards, backstage photos and personal documents.” Even if you are not a hardcore cinephile, EYE is a fun place to check out for a cup of coffee or to enjoy lunch with a view. Do not miss the EYE shop, which earned a place in the top ten museum shops worldwide by The Guardian. Be sure to take the ferry across the river, it will be worth your while.

Expectations were high when EYE moved from an ancient building in the Vondelpark to this hypermodern building in the north of the city in 2012. Those expectations were undoubtedly met, as proved by all the positive reactions from the public. “Definitely! EYE is an enrichment for Amsterdam as a city, but also for the Netherlands in general. There’s no place elsewhere in the country where there’s a platform for the art of film, from editing to