Cobra Café Museum Square Amsterdam

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Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Welcome to the Cobra Café, a modern lunch café offering a varied international breakfast and drinks menu. All food is freshly prepared daily, including our home-made apple pie, now legendary throughout the city!

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Drinks & Parties

Drinks & Parties

Cobra has vast experience in the organisation of special functions, parties and weddings. Our location is a highly sought after venue to simply enjoy a few drinks, or to host a trendy get-together or dinner party.

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Cobra news

Cobra news

Our blog contains the latest news on the Cobra Café and the Museumplein. Check it out now

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About us

About us

The Cobra Café first opened its doors in 1999, on the then revamped Museumplein. This café restaurant houses numerous paintings, sculptures and poems from a variety of Cobra artists. Cobra is definitely worth a visit.

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Pay us a visit

Pay us a visit

Our café restaurant is situated on the Museumplein, one of the most vibrant places in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum (National Museum), the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk (Municipal) Museum are just some of the places of interest within walking distance of the Cobra Café.

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Cobra artists

Karel Appel

Appel was co-founder of CoBrA on november 8 1948. Probably, he is the most famous member of the movement. He became renowned by his credo "I am just disarranging, fooling around".

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Constant Nieuwenhuys

In 1946 Constant met the Danish painter / poet Asger Jorn. Short after agressive and daunting figures appeared in his paintings.

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Eugène Brands

In 1948 he became a member of the Dutch Experimental Group REFLEX, who integrated into the CoBrA movement later on. His meeting with Willem Sandberg, former manager of the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, led to an exhibition where CoBrA presented itself towards the Dutch public.

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Corneille

Corneille was born as Guillaume Corneille van Beverloo in Luik (Liège), Belgium. His parents are Dutch. In 1940 Corneille moved to Amsterdam where he started a sketching and etching course at the Arts Academy. As a painter he is an autodidact.

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Jan Elburg

Elburg conceives his poetry from a Marxist standpoint, in keeping with his belief that art has a social task to perform: “With poetry I want to lay some lines of contact from person to person.

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Gerrit Kouwenaar

Kouwenaar's poetry is usually described as a kind of murder. In his poems Kouwenaar tries to cancel the denotative character of words. 'I cut the throat of a word.'

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Lucebert

Lucebert’s poetry first appears in the journal “Reflex”, which is published by the “Experimentele Groep”. The poem “Love letter to our martyred bride Indonesia” (there is a war going on in the Dutch colony Indonesia) causes a sensation.

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Anton Rooskens

Rooskens received a technical training and worked as an instrument maker in the 1930’s. As a painter he was an autodidact. Influenced by Permeke and Van Gogh, he originally worked in an Expressionistic manner.

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Tajiri

A son of Japanese parents, Tajiri was born in Los Angeles on December 7 1923. After his studies at the Art Institute in Chicago from 1947 to 1948, he left for Paris, where he first studied with the sculptor Ossip Zadkine and later with the painter Ferdinand Léger. After the war, Tajiri was one of the first artists who created 'Junk sculptures'.

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Theo Wolvecamp

Theo Wolvecamp began to paint during the war, and from 1945 to 1947 he attended the art academy in Arnhem. During this period he was keenly interested in German and Flemish expressionism.

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