´Marko is a born narrator, he lets the art works speak'

- Wim Pijbes, General Director Rijksmuseum 2008-2016

´A master in his craft, with unashamed enthusiasm´

- Dominic Seldis, TV presenter,
Solo double bass player Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

´Encyclopaedic knowledge, delightfully irreverend´

- David Allen, author


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On April 19, 2018, Marko Kassenaar opened the exhibition 'On Prescription' in Rijksmuseum Boerhaave as keynote speaker.
This exhibition highlights 500 years of medical science and is sponsored by the pharmaceutical family company MERCK.
By demonstrating centuries-old medical tools and objects and focusing on the history of MERCK, Marko Kassenaar gave an insight in medical science throughout history.

´Stand-up comedy with historic depth and gravitas´, was the organization’s praise.

The exhibition is on display until April, 2019.


During the 2017-2018 season, Marko Kassenaar acts as introduction speaker and host at the ´Sunday Afternoon Concerts´,
a co-operation between the Rijksmuseum and the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Young und upcoming students of this renowned music institution create a musical program around a work,
chosen from the Rijksmuseum collection. Marko Kassenaar talks about both the chosen art work and the musical contents of the program.

The last concert of this series took place in February, 2018.
For more information about the upcoming season, please visit the website of the Rijksmuseum.

In June 2016, Marko Kassenaar presented ´Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age´ by Marcel Wanders at the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.
For this book, he wrote the essay ´Creativity is Bliss´, on the symbolism of the Rijksmuseum architecture.

Phone: +31 631 99 81 00
Twitter: @MarkoKassenaar





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"A new standard in tour guiding", was the opinion of Robert J. Hurst,
co-chairman of the Whitney Museum of American Art, after one of Marko's tours in the Rijksmuseum.

Highly exclusive tours can be organized for high-end customers.
Please contact us for more details and an offer.

Marko Kassenaar is an author, praised for his versatility. ´He handles the fountain pen and marker equally well, just as the ballpoint pen or the quill, completing each project wonderfully'.
(Mark Zegeling, ´Kingdom by the Sea´)

Marko wrote contributions for he latest edition of the highly successful ‘Kingdom by the Sea´, on the architectural history of The Netherlands, and
'Secrets of a Master Painter', the book accompanying the award-winning Dutch TV show on legendary painters. Both books were published in 2017.

For the spectacular book project
‘RIJKS, Masters of the Golden Age’, by designer Marcel Wanders, Marko Kassenaar wrote an article on the symbolism of the Rijksmuseum architecture. The book was published in 2016.

Marko Kassenaar gives musical introductions to students of secondary schools at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Workshops for adults are also available. These programs are in Dutch, but can also be booked in other languages through the
Royal Concertgebouw.

Marko Kassenaar gives successful speeches for the corporate sector, in which he accentuates the relationship between art history and the world of business.

Very popular also are his speeches in which a specific company’s history is shown in a tailor-made presentation.

His clients are, amongst others,
ABN-AMRO, the Rijksmuseum, Diligent, McKinsey, Salesforce, PB Projects, Intertrust and various cultural institutions.


ABOUT marko kassenaar

Marko Kassenaar is an author, speaker and musician. Combining these activities, he has a unique position in Amsterdam’s and The Netherlands’ art scene. He is the only specialist working for both the Royal Concertgebouw and the Rijksmuseum. In the latter, he regularly functions as a VIP host and speecher. Furthermore, he acts as an exclusive guide for high-end guests visiting The Netherlands.

Marko Kassenaar publishes on a wide variety of subjects in art and music history.
He co-operated on ‘RIJKS, Masters of the Golden Age’, the spectacular book project by designer Marcel Wanders, on the paintings of the Dutch Masters from the 17th century. He contributed to the latest edition of the highly successful ‘Kingdom by the Sea’, on five hundred years of Dutch architectural heritage, and ´Secrets of a Master Painter´, the book accompanying the awarded TV show on legendary painters.

Furthermore, Marko Kassenaar appears as an expert in various television programs. He took part in an acclaimed TV series on the Dutch Golden Age in 2012. He talked on religious art of the Renaissance in the nationwide televised Dutch National Bible Quiz in 2013. He also appeared in news items on the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, interviews and short items were filmed for broadcasters from Japan, Russia, France and Sweden.

As a musician, Marko Kassenaar is mostly active as an arranger/composer. He adapted operas and musicals for the annual "Grachten Music Festival" in Amsterdam, the Nieuw Ensemble for contemporary music and various opera houses in Germany. Furthermore, he gives introductions to rehearsals of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and is co-developer of educational programs on specific subjects for the Royal Concertgebouw.