What are the best art galleries in Amsterdam?

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Cecily Layzell

Amsterdam's art galleries form a vibrant counterpart to the city's many museums. What's more, entrance is invariably free and lines non-existent. It's advisable to check opening times before your visit, though, as many galleries don't open before midday.

Galerie Fons Welters
Located on a residential street in the Jordaan neighborhood, Galerie Fons Welters is an unlikely hotspot for cutting-edge contemporary art. Local and foreign talent is promoted in the gallery’s main exhibition space, while the smaller Playstation project area is reserved for young artists at the start of their careers.

Torch Gallery
Torch Gallery has blazed a trail for emerging artists and photographers since it opened in 1984. Dutch celebrity snapper and filmmaker Anton Corbijn got his start here, as did German artist Loretta Lux, best known for her surreal portraits of young children.

Annet Gelink Gallery
Founded in 2000, Annet Gelink Gallery embraces drawing, painting, photography, installation and video art by established Dutch and international artists. Its project space, The Bakery, exhibits up-and-coming talent.

Akinci Gallery
Housed in a complex on Lijnbaansgracht with several other galleries, Akinci focuses on contemporary visual art, from Esther Tieleman’s spatial installations to Anne Wenzel’s large-scale sculptures.

Edward Pranger Oriental Art Gallery
In the Spiegelkwartier, Amsterdam's antiques quarter, Edward Pranger Oriental Art Gallery presents work by internationally recognized Asian artists, such as painter and illustrator Wei Guangqing, as well as talent rarely seen in the West.

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