Stedelijk Museum in June

Stedelijk Museum in June

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Keren Cytter, “Avalanche,” 2011.
Courtesy of the artist / Pilar Corrias Gallery.

May 29, 2011

Stedelijk Museum in June:
new presentations in Temporary Stedelijk 2

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam:
Paulus Potterstraat 13
1071 CX Amsterdam
The Netherlands
tel. +31 (0)20 – 57 32 911
info [​at​]

The Stedelijk Museum continues its temporary program with Temporary Stedelijk 2, which focuses on the renowned collection of modern and contemporary art and design. Selections from the collections are presented on a rotating basis, offering returning visitors the opportunity to see different works over the coming months.

New presentations include:
Contemporary art and projects

The Stedelijk Museum has always been a platform for the creation of new work and a showcase for the latest developments in contemporary art. The museum is proud to present Avalanche (2011), the most recent work by Keren Cytter. Avalanche is a four-channel video installation whose four “chapters” feature scenarios involving a handful of characters, with subtle shifts in style and plot inviting multiple interpretations. First screened in London, Avalanche is presented here for only the second time.

Starting June 23, Runa Islam‘s film from the Stedelijk collection Tuin [Garden] (1998) will be on view, as well as new acquisitions by Jennifer Bornstein, including the film Untitled (California) from 2010 and a series of 15 etchings.

Special projects by Piero Golia and Nairy Baghramian are presented until June 12.

John Baldessari: Your Name in Lights
The Stedelijk Museum, together with Holland Festival, proudly presents Your Name in Lights by John Baldessari. This extraordinary work will be installed from June 1 to 26 in Amsterdam’s Museumplein, in front of the forthcoming annex of the Stedelijk Museum (currently under construction). Your Name in Lights gives people the opportunity to experience a glittering 15 seconds of fame by having their names illuminated on a giant 30-meter long L.E.D. sign on view 24 hours a day. Register online at

Collection presentations:
New in the Hall of Honor: Willem De Kooning and Luciano Fontana
For Temporary Stedelijk 2, the Hall of Honor has been specially adapted to present historic works from the collection. The centerpiece of this presentation, La Perruche et la Sirène (1952), the famous papier decoupé (paper cutout) work by Henri Matisse, is now flanked by Lucio Fontana‘s pierced and cut canvases. Piet Mondrian‘s transition from figuration to pure abstraction in early 20th-century painting sits in relation to works by Kazimir Malevich that are purely abstract. And Willem de Kooning‘s gestural abstract paintings—including favorites like Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point and North Atlantic Light—are on view for a limited time before they travel to New York for the major retrospective opening at the Museum of Modern Art in September.

Bellevue: Contemporary painting from the collection
Bellevue highlights the synergy between contemporary painting and visual culture. Beginning in the 1960s, when Pop artists were making direct use of the mass media, this selection of works from the collection focuses on the relationship between figurative painting and its context, which includes photography and television, the gallery and the museum, and modern art history. Andy Warhol‘s Bellevue (1963) is an early example, featuring a newspaper image screen-printed onto canvas fourteen times. Bellevue also includes works by Marlene Dumas, Martin Kippenberger, Wilhelm Sasnal and Luc Tuymans.

Recent acquisitions: Maurice van Valen donation
Amsterdam lawyer and art collector Maurice van Valen donated 63 artworks to the Stedelijk Museum, ranging from sculpture and painting to video art, photography and works on paper by both Dutch and international artists. The Stedelijk Museum presents a substantial selection of works in four gallery spaces, revealing the diversity of the gift, which includes work by artists such as Atelier Van Lieshout, Yutaka Sone and Eric Wesley.


From June 10 on, the annual overview of The Best Designed Books of last year will be on display.

From June 11 on, one gallery is dedicated to the impressive graphic work of Dutch artist H.N. Werkman (1882–1945).

Coming up in July:
Cultured Nature will feature videos, photographs and sculptures that construct, invent, analyze and idealize natural and man-made landscape. Connecting recent acquisitions to older works in the collection, the exhibition will include work by the duo Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács, Jan Dibbets, Zachary Formwalt, Gilbert & George, Richard Long, Xavier Ribas, Thorbjørn Røtland, Robert Smithson, and others.

A new edition in the series Recollections, which revisits some of the Stedelijk’s most esteemed historical exhibitions, will focus on the groundbreaking 1969 show: Op Losse Schroeven, in which Stedelijk Director Wim Beeren introduced contemporary American, British and Italian art and purchased important works for the Stedelijk collection, by Carl Andre, Giovanni Anselmo, Joseph Beuys, Ger van Elk, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, and others.

Public Program
To encourage exploration and expand upon the content of the exhibition, the Stedelijk continues its multi-faceted program of activities and events, including evenings with Jonathan Meese (June 3), Laura Mulvey (June 16), Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Teresa Margolles (June 24); Gallery Talks with speakers such as Folkert de Jong (June 3); Collection Close-Ups with curators and conservators sharing their latest research, including Reesa Greenberg, Julia Robinson and others (June 9); book presentations; symposia; live music and much more!

Opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–5 pm
Thursday: 10 am–10 pm
closed on Mondays except for Easter Monday and White Monday


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