Did all children used to wear dresses in the 17th century? Why did women have to fight so hard to be able to wear trousers? And what does the size of your desk say about your gender? Ideas about masculinity and femininity shape how we behave and how others perceive us.

The Point of View exhibition shows how ideas around gender are constantly changing over time, and how they have been expressed visually – in the form of an extravagantly decorative dragon-shaped gold toothpick, a Gispen desk, and a portrait of William III, Prince of Orange, wearing a dress. These 150 paintings, prints, drawings, costumes, accessories, sculptures, photographs and items of furniture from the Rijksmuseum colection show that gender is to be found in all things.

With work by artists including Gesina ter Borch, Marlene Dumas, Bartholomeus van der Helst, Kinke Kooi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Erwin Olaf, Maria Roosen, Charley Toorop and Sara Troost.


Point of View is made possible in part by Fonds 21 and the Rijksmuseum Club.

5 July t/m 1 Sep


  • Adults: €22.50
  • Free for 18 and under
  • Free for Friends

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Museumstraat 1
1071 XX Amsterdam


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