Art & Culture

Gegrepen door de expressie, startte de directie van het Ambassade Hotel eind 2001 met het verzamelen van Cobra kunst. Inmiddels bestaat de collectie uit ruim 800 werken. Het doel is de collectie uit te laten groeien tot een uitgebreid en een zo volledig mogelijk overzicht van Cobra; de unieke, naoorlogse kunstbeweging met leden verspreid over heel Europa, onder wie Asger Jorn, Pierre Alechinsky en Karel Appel. Daarnaast bezit het Ambassade Hotel nog enkele laat 19e eeuwse kunstwerken van kopstukken uit de Amsterdam Impressionisten beweging: Isaac Israëls en George Hendrik Breitner.


Cobra stole my heart… and, as always with the big loves of your life, it came like a bolt out of the blue. Suddenly, my breath was taken away by the sight of all these amazing things: the colours, the freedom, the playfulness, the unconventional, the experiment, the intuitive. … I hardly knew where to look next. It wat overwhelming – all those hundreds of artworks in countless variations. Oil paintings, work on paper, sculptures of all types and sizes that oozed passion… in forty years they had lost none of their power, on the contrary. I stood there rooted to the spot and I got goose pimples all over.

That moment of amazement was at a exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk, Dam Square in 1988, It was my first big source of inspiration for Cobra.  I am grateful that our Ambassade Hotel Collection, including our signed books (over 4.000) and guest books, has found such a beautiful location on Amsterdam’s Herengracht and Singel, which is now accessible to a wide audience.

Wouter Schopman


In the Library Bar you will find a unique collection of signed books by authors who have all stayed at the Ambassade Hotel: more than 4000 of them.

The Ambassade Hotel has traditionally maintained close links with publishers in Amsterdam and the surrounding areas. Many of these publishing houses as well as some of Amsterdam’s best-known bookshops and authors’ cafés are located within walking distance of the Ambassade Hotel.

Although authors have long been staying at the Ambassade Hotel, the aforementioned collection of signed books was not started until the year 1986. The Ambassade Hotel owes this interesting collection to the fact that Dutch publishers generally book their foreign authors into the Ambassade Hotel for the launch of the Dutch translation of their books.