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Blue art exhibition comes to Amsterdam

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Blue art exhibition comes to Amsterdam
Not one for the faint of heart, this. If you're staying in an Amsterdam hostel right now then it could be an eye-opening experience to head to the Historical Museum as a somewhat risque art exhibition is being put on in the centre - the culmination of a world tour.

According to the Sydney Mornign Herald it is called The Hoerengracht - which is the canal-side street of the city where ladies of the night congregate - it comes in the form of a walk-through display featuring the prostitutes of the infamous Red Light District and was created by Ed and Nancy Kienholz of the US.

Polyester mannequins have been used and are lit up dimly with blue and red lamps to give a somewhat realistic glow to the whole affair.

"Sitting and standing, dressed or nearly naked, the 'prostitutes' put on their makeup, smoke and look out for clients," the news source observed.

The piece was previously put on in London's National Gallery, but now Annemie de Wildt - curator of the exhibition hall - has said that it's as if the work has "come home".

If that's not to your personal taste and you're after something a little more normal that involves doing a bit of shopping, making use of the duty-free shops in Schiphol airport could be a bit of light relief. According to Stuff, one of Amsterdam's greatest museums - the Rijksmuseum - has its own outlet here so you can be cultured, have some fun and spare your blushes all at the same time.

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