- The Maatschappij Arti et Amicitiae (Society Arti et Amicitiae), born in 1839, was the first organization of visual artists in The Netherlands and now counts about 480 artists among its members and about 1100 people as friends and patrons. Every year, around 10 exhibitions are organized in which work by national as well as international art is shown. The building alone is also more than worth a visit, with the four bronze sculptures at the front (neo-classicist, designed in 1854 by Leliman) representing the Muses and the beautiful 19th century staircase, designed by H.P. Berlage. See website for exhibition calendar, membership info and more.
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