August 21, 2010 - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - Temporarily reopens
August 21, 2010

Temporarily reopens

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, restored by Benthem Crouwel Architects
Photo: Stedelijk Museum, Rob Versluys

The Temporary Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum
28 August 2010 – 9 January 2011

Stedelijk Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 13, 1071 CX
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10-17, Thursday until 22

While work continues on the renovation and expansion of the Stedelijk Museum, the museum is hosting a unique program called The Temporary Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum. This special interim program, inspired by the building as it approaches completion, brings art, artists and the public back into the museum with two major exhibitions: Taking Place and Monumentalism—History and National Identity in Contemporary Art Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2010, as well as a dynamic schedule of educational initiatives, screenings, performances and special events.

Taking Place
Taking Place invites visitors to renew their acquaintance with the Stedelijk Museum and its history. Inspired by the unique condition of the museum’s interior, artists occupy and animate the galleries with specially selected works, including those previously exhibited at the museum as well as new site-specific works produced for this occasion. In Taking Place the historical, functional and architectural conditions of the museum are both subject and material for this special presentation of works.

Taking Place also features a presentation of posters commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum since its opening in 1895. The reprinted designs exhibited relate the history of an institution that grew from an assortment of period rooms-cum-exhibition spaces into a pioneering museum for modern and contemporary art and design.

The Karel Appel mural from 1956 in the former restaurant space is now joined by a work by American artist Lawrence Weiner, SCATTERED MATTER BROUGHT TO A KNOWN DENSITY WITH THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD / CUSPED (2007), a recent acquisition to the museum’s collection made possible by a gift from the Friends of the Stedelijk Museum.

Artists featuring in Taking Place: Karel Appel, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Jan Dibbets, Rineke Dijkstra, Ger van Elk, Morgan Fisher, Mario Garcia Torres, Hans Haacke, On Kawara, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Germaine Kruip, Louise Lawler, William Leavitt, Navid Nuur, Roman Ondák, Willem de Rooij, Diana Thater and Lawrence Weiner.

Monumentalism—History and National Identity in Contemporary Art
Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2010

History seems to be an increasingly important factor in how we identify ourselves, our cultures and our norms and values. The 2010 presentation of this annual exhibition of works by artists living and/or working in The Netherlands addresses the concepts of history and national identity. The large number of submissions—359 in all—demonstrates the relevance of the theme, showing that contemporary art reflects on the past in myriad ways. However today’s art is seldom made specifically for the glorification of a nation; rather, it deals with the broadened scope of issues related to social developments, which challenge a clear comprehension of what constitutes “the national”.

Some works in the exhibition will be presented at the Stedelijk Museum for the first time. Curator of the show is Jelle Bouwhuis, head of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. During the course of the exhibition, Stedelijk Director Ann Goldstein will announce which of the works are to be acquired for the collection of the museum.

Artists featuring in Monumentalism: Yael Bartana, Lonnie van Brummelen / Siebren de Haan, Hala Elkoussy, Marianne Flotron, Zachary Formwalt, Melissa Gordon, Nicoline van Harskamp, David Jablonowski, Rob Johannesma, Iris Kensmil, Gert Jan Kocken, Job Koelewijn, Rachel Koolen, Renzo Martens, Lucia Nimcova, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Barbara Visser and Mieke Van de Voort.

Public Programs
The Temporary Stedelijk is further distinguished by a dynamic and full public program, offering an introduction to the Stedelijk Museum and events for all ages. One gallery is devoted to the plans for the new building: the presentation will include the architect’s model, technical drawings and other impressions of the new Stedelijk Museum. In addition, two ground floor galleries are used for workshops and other activities for school classes and families, and the former auditorium space, now a gallery, is the place for a wide range of public events, including lectures, screenings, performances, symposia and other special events.

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