On 8 November 2020, it will be 25 years since the Cobra Museum of Modern Art first opened its doors to the public. This was not a random date: exactly 72 years earlier, on 8 November 1948, the Cobra movement was founded.
Almost immediately after the major Cobra exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam in 1988, culture alderman Piet van den Heuvel and art-loving businessman Karel van Stuijvenberg agreed on a letter of intent to house Van Stuijvenberg’s unique Cobra collection in a newly build museum in Amstelveen. Former Government Architect Wim Quist, who is responsible for the Kröller-Muller Museum and also the prestigious South Wing of the Rijksmuseum, was commissioned to design the museum.
Over the past 25 years, the museum has assembled an impressive collection of Cobra art. The artworks, all highlights of Cobra, are executed in various techniques, from paintings and drawings to sculptures, ceramics and original documentary material. The collection is still growing, with purchases, donations and long-term loans.