October 5, 2012 - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - Now open!
October 5, 2012

Now open!

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
is open!

Museumplein 10
The Netherlands

T +31 (0)20 – 57 32 911
info [​at​] stedelijk.nl


In the presence of Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, the newly renovated and expanded Stedelijk Museum celebrated its official reopening on Saturday, September 22, 2012. This leading international institution of modern and contemporary art is now welcoming the public.

A complete renovation of the historic 1895 building, designed by A. W. Weissman, has converted virtually all of its spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the most important in the world. The vibrant new building, designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects, measuring 9,423 square meters (101,428 square feet), will provide vast new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities.

Half of the ground floor of the historic 1895 building is now dedicated to an installation of visual arts from the 1870s to the 1960s, presented in a dozen galleries. Among the highlights are key works in the careers of Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, Chaïm Soutine, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Charley Toorop, Max Beckmann, Jackson Pollock, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, and other artists of the CoBrA group.

The other half of the ground floor ring of the 1895 building is dedicated to the Stedelijk’s first long-term installation of its significant collection of industrial design, graphic design and applied arts. The installation presents work from major figures ranging from Josef Hoffmann to Philippe Starck and Ettore Sottsass. Special attention is paid to the work of De Stijl, the major interventions of the Stedelijk itself (such as its landmark 1968 exhibition Vormgevers, or Designers), and the influence of the Stedelijk’s own graphic design team, including Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel. Among the highlights on view is the complete Harrenstein Bedroom (1926) by Gerrit Rietveld. 

The second floor of the 1895 building features changing displays from the Stedelijk’s renowned collections of major works of visual art, from the 1960s through the present. These include signature works such as La perruche et la sirène by Henri Matisse, The Beanery by Edward Kienholz (which has recently undergone a thorough restoration), Charlene by Robert Rauschenberg, and Bellevue II by Andy Warhol—as well as monographic rooms devoted to the work of Willem de Kooning, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Barnett Newman, Hanne Darboven, and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others. Also on view are many gems that have not been displayed for years, including works by Lee Bontecou, René Daniëls, Jan Dibbets, Lucio Fontana, Gilbert & George, Philip Guston, Joseph Kosuth, Yayoi Kusama, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Jean Tinguely.

The inaugural temporary exhibition Beyond Imagination (on view through November 11) features new projects and commissioned works by an invited group of 20 artists, both Dutch and foreign-born, all active in the Netherlands. It is installed in the new second-floor galleries, where it also extends into the auditorium and public spaces, and to several areas the historic building.

Another temporary exhibition, Works in Place (on view through November 4), is presented in the new building’s 1,092-square meter (11,754 square feet) open-plan gallery. It features a major presentation of large-scale contemporary works and installations from the collection, with works by Carl Andre, Rodney Graham, Joan Jonas, John Knight, Barbara Kruger, Melvin Moti, Steve McQueen, Sigmar Polke, Thomas Strüth, and Diana Thater.

Mike Kelley retrospective
On December 15, the Stedelijk will present the eagerly anticipated retrospective Mike Kelley, which will travel to other major museums in Europe and the United States.

Acclaimed Public Program continues
The Stedelijk continues its acclaimed Public Program, an integrated program of performances, film screenings, lectures, symposia, gallery talks, interviews, music and dance performances, and large-scale events. Featuring international artists, scholars, and curators of various generations and backgrounds, the Public Program functions as a hybrid and critical platform for the presentation of contemporary art. Many events are organized in collaboration with (inter)national partner institutions, actively contributing to a lively cultural ecosystem in the Netherlands.

The Public Program for Fall 2012 presents 3–4 events per week. Highlights:
* Performances by Andrea Geyer, MPA, and VALIE EXPORT (September 27), Matthew Lutz-Kinoy (October 11), Patrizio di Massimo (November 15)

* Film screenings with Isaac Julien (October 18), The Otolith Group (November 1) and Sabine Mooibroek (November 22)

* Lectures by Deyan Sudjic (October 12), Mark Manders, Lorenzo Benedetti (October 14), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (November 20), Jennifer Allen, Jan Verwoert (December 2), Stedelijk curators and many other speakers

* A musical celebration of John Cage at 100, with Frank Scheffer and the Ives Ensemble (November 17)

* Gallery talks by David Jablonowski (October 5), Mieke Bal (October 12), Natasja Kensmil (October 26), Ann Goldstein, and many more

For the full Public Program, please visit here.
The program will continue in 2013.

Tuesday, Wednesday: 11–5pm
Thursday: 10–10pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10–6pm
Closed on Mondays except for national holidays


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