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“Exceptional Space, Challenging Exhibitions”

Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography
Ranked #104 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
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Owner description: Huis Marseille is Amsterdam's first photography museum. For over fifteen years now, Huis Marseille has been offering a varied exhibition program in which photography's rich history and diverse uses are given consideration. In addition to this, the museum also frequently shows work from its own collection of contemporary photography. Huis Marseille serves as a platform for the particularization of photography. The museum provides a view of the 'landscape' taking shape in photography; it presents photographers, artists and forms of photography which do justice to visual quality and which can be counted among the medium's major, but also lesser known, highlights. This stands in contrast to the profusion of photography as a mass medium. In terms of the installation of exhibitions, the unique structure of this house plays a significant role. Each of the thirteen exhibition spaces has its own specific character, yet all of them relate well to the work on display. The building still has the atmosphere of a 'gentleman's residence', but its rooms have now become galleries. A sense of warmth and intimacy has remained. Huis Marseille strives to make the visitor feel welcome in these home-like surroundings.
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Reading some of the previous reviews, it's hard to understand the preconceptions some people arrive with when they visit a 'museum' in a traditional canalside house in Amsterdam. 'Museum' is a generic term, not a specific undertaking to provide a chronological history of an art form - if it was then art museums worldwide would have to close for false advertising. Coming to a 'museum' located in a typical Dutch canalside house should be self-explanatory; you're going to be moving up and down a lot, rather than from side to side. Lifts are provided.

The Huis Marseille really worked for me. The current exhibitions of Eddo Hartmann and Ad Van Denderen are provocative and politically charged, which is something generally avoided in the contemporary sensationalist and self-indulgent/self-reverential art world. They are very much looking out, questioning the viewer about the world in which they inhabit, and how the motivated reportage received through mainstream media distorts perception.

I really appreciated the curatorship and the use made of the not exactly easy to work with space; it's like a little adventure moving through the beautiful gallery. Seemingly not big on the tourist map, I was overjoyed with the time and space to absorb the images in the tranquil environment, without some impatient person wanting to take a photo shuffling around me.

Wonderful.

Thank Jegsy
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

visited the museum to see the exhibtion of photos (and film) by Eddo Hartmann, a Dutch photographer. He visited North Korea a couple of times to take pictures, here exhibited until March 4th 2018:

An interesting exhibition with, for me, a bit eery pictures. Huge buildings and monuments and almost lost people. Interesting.

tip: I think the museum is mostly visited by the Dutch. But, even though it is not quite clear on their site, they have an english site as well: add /en to the site address

The museum is located in old canal house. Even thought the level of maintenance is not the same as in some of the canal houses, you can get a free view of how some of these canalside houses are/were. Lots of stair cases and stairs. High ceilings. On the ground floor there is a place to have a drink, which still has a very old stove (picture).
For 8 euros you can see exhibitions and see an old canalside house.
Nice small garden in the back.

Thank henrivantilburg
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

House Marseille is actually two houses joined together by a rich French merchant. I guess he found the standard Amsterdam grachthuis a little narrow for French standards. This enables two full size exhibitions at once, each occupying most levels of one house (and a little more in the lovely garden house).
The two exhibitions currently on display (Palestine and North Korea) are both photojournalistic, but it is not always the case. They are extremely interesting (I spent several hours in the house) and very well curated- I wouldn’t change a single photograph.
The house itself is very interesting to visit and you will see most of it including the garden.
Highly recommended, at least with the current exhibitions !

Thank Krugg31
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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

This gallery is a confusing and poorly laid out space.

There were 2 exhibitions in the gallery and it doesn’t flow well so you find yourself going from one exhibition to the other and back again therefore you end up not sure if you’ve missed something.

The map you pick up from reception is very small print but when you get to a room they are not labelled so you can’t work out where you are on the map.

The staff are not helpful, you have to pick up a map, you are not given one when you pay. Bags are not allowed but there are no signs telling you this. The stairs are narrow and steep so it is a struggle if you have bad joints.

This was my first visit and it is not worth €8. I won’t be back.

Thank Mark L
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

This is not a museum but rather exhibition place.

You will not see any history of photography in Amsterdam or Netherlands. They have special exhibitions by individual photographers.

I was lucky not to pay as I had I Amsterdam card. If I paid I would be angry with myself to waste money.

The positive is that they are open till 6 pm while most of other museums close at 5 pm.

Thank Vaclav K
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