Cobra Museum of Art

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Cobra Museum of Art

Just south of Amsterdam, in the small town of Amstelveen, this wonderful museum of modern art is worth a detour. Hundreds of artworks of the CoBrA avant-garde movement (1948–1951) are on permanent display here, including paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Dutchman Karel Appel, CoBrA's biggest name. An acronym from the initials of the members' home towns of Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam, CoBrA proved to be a milestone in the development of European abstract expressionism. In addition to its own collection, the museum organizes temporary exhibitions of modern art. To get here, take Bus No. 170 or 172 from Leidseplein to Amstelveen Busstation. You can also take Bus No. 5 or 51 from Centraal Station.

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