the museum

Keizersgracht 401 & 399

Since 1999, Huis Marseille has been situated on Keizersgracht 401 as Amsterdam’s first photography museum. In September 2013, the museum was expanded to include the neighboring building at Keizersgracht 399, providing it with a total of fourteen exhibition spaces, including the lightwell in 399. The museum offers a rich and varied exhibition programme with changeovers about four times per year. Since the expansion in 2013, there has been a lot of opportunity to show the museum’s own collection alongside the exhibition. The collection consists primarily of leading modern (national and international) photography.

The artistic nature of photography

How photographers develop a new visual language that is relevant to the artistic nature of photography, but which also reflects on this time? That is the question which is central to Huis Marseille, and which informs the exhibition programme and collection acquisitions. During an age in which photography has risen to wild popularity, available to all and omnipresent as (mass) medium, photography as an artistic medium is in constant flux. Huis Marseille chooses photography which focuses on a specific visual language and is characterized by a passionate spirit of inquiry, as part of an ongoing investigation into avant-garde innovation. Moreover, photography in Huis Marseille has social relevance and interfaces with the changing spirit of the times.

Canal houses

Huis Marseille is the opposite of a white cube: the fact that the museum is housed in two monumental 17th century canal houses is of great influence on the ‘organic’ way in which the exhibitions in the various spaces are experienced. At the same time, these authentic rooms are so clear and open that the appearance of photographic works by itself is not hindered, but enhanced. The majority of the exhibitions in Huis Marseille is developed and produced especially for these spaces.

Collection

On this website, a complete and frequently updated collection catalogue can be found.