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 in innovative ways within the current conditions of the building. Making Histories: Changing Views of the Collection highlights the breadth of the museum’s collection, including both renowned and lesser-known works and recent acquisitions, while distinctive aspects of the collection are highlighted in two thematic presentations: Recollections and TV as…. To encourage exploration and expand upon the content of the exhibition, the Stedelijk has developed a multi-faceted program of public and education events.
Making Histories: Changing Views of the Collection
Making Histories: Changing Views of the Collection explores how a museum collection constructs and embodies histories to be reconsidered over time, offering various views into the museum’s own history and its collections right up to the present day, through monographic installations of individual works or bodies of work by key artists and designers, thematic surveys, archival research projects, special projects and recent acquisitions. The exhibition showcases the breadth of the museum’s collections, which include over 90,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, works on paper, artist’s books, applied arts and industrial and graphic design. As selections from the collections are presented on a rotating basis, returning visitors will have the opportunity to see different works over the coming months.
The climate-controlled Hall of Honor features iconic works from the collection, offering various perspectives on abstract painting, with works from the 20th-century painting is exemplified in the work of Piet Mondrian, while works by Kazimir Malevich are purely abstract. Color and autonomous form distinguish works by Jo Baer, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden and Barnett Newman. The centerpiece of this presentation is The Parakeet and the Mermaid (1952–53), the renowned paper cutout by Henri Matisse, which is flanked by the intense gold and deep blue of paintings by Yves Klein.
A stunning installation of works using fluorescent light by Dan Flavin occupies the hall of the upper floor. Originally commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum, these works were first presented in this same location in 1986. Titled untitled (to Piet Mondrian through his preferred colors, red, yellow and blue) and untitled (to Piet Mondrian who lacked green), these works were conceived by Flavin to be in dialogue with Mondrian, the history of modern art and the museum’s distinctive architecture.
A number of gallery spaces are devoted to individual artists and designers. Works by Carl Andre, Lothar Baumgarten, Barbara Bloom, Ger van Elk, Donald Judd, Willem de Kooning, Bruce Nauman, Allen Ruppersberg, Willem Sandberg, Wieki Somers, Fiona Tan, Charley Toorop and Marijke van Warmerdam, among others, will be on view.
The Stedelijk Museum’s collection is also distinguished by its extensive holdings of applied arts and design, from which a special selection is presented. A collection of tableware will be on show, with services, flatware and accessories. Following two recently acquired aluminum chairs by Wieki Somers, the museum has dedicated one special room to the design of metal furniture, both modern classics and contemporary pieces by, among others, Ron Arad, Xavier Lust and Gerrit Rietveld. Four consecutive galleries host a presentation of work by important young designers, including striking pieces of jewelry by Karl Fritsch and Manon van Kouswijk and experimental industrial design by Joris Laarman.
In the field of graphic design, one room is dedicated to exceptional manuscripts by former museum director Willem Sandberg—made during World War II (when, as a member of the resistance, he was in hiding) that clearly anticipates later signatures of his design work. Another gallery features a selection of extraordinary Cuban posters from the 1970s that evoke the Castro revolution.
The Stedelijk Museum has always been a platform for the creation of new work and a showcase for the latest developments in contemporary art. In Temporary Stedelijk 2, two gallery spaces are devoted to special projects, beginning with those by Iranian artist Nairy Baghramian (b. 1971, lives and works in Berlin) and Italian artist Piero Golia (b. 1974, lives and works in Los Angeles).
The Stedelijk Museum has a long and distinguished history of collecting and exhibiting video and television-based art. TV as… highlights a selection of work from the collection focused primarily on the 1970s and 80s, when television became a dominant mode of communication. TV as… features works familiar from past exhibitions, including those by Dara Birnbaum, Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman and Gerry Schum, alongside lesser-known works by Piotr Kowalski and Leendert Janzée that are on view here for the first time since they were acquired.
Recollections revisits some of the Stedelijk’s most esteemed exhibitions, which continue to stimulate research and discussion decades later. This presentation looks at two exhibitions from the period during which Willem Sandberg was director of the museum (1945–1963): Bewogen Beweging(1961) and Dylaby (1962). In addition to archival materials, catalogues and posters, as well as photographs and films by Ed van der Elsken about each exhibition, Recollections includes works drawn from the collection by such luminary participating artists as Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg and Jean Tinguely.
Three of the ground floor galleries present recent acquisitions—including purchases and artwork donated by private collectors. The first presentation spotlights recent acquisitions of works by Paul Chan, Mike Kelley and Cady Noland. Opening on May 10, a selection from the 63 works of art generously donated to the museum by Maurice van Valen will be on view in these galleries.
Temporary Stedelijk 2 also introduces the Temporary Bookstore, which is located next to the entrance lobby and auditorium and is managed by Koenig Books.
Public Program and Education
To encourage exploration and expand upon the content of the exhibition, the Stedelijk continues its multi-faceted program of activities and events comprising lectures, symposia, performances, film evenings and other events. From Thursdays through Sundays there will be a range of activities, including Gallery Talks by experts, collection close-ups with curators and conservators, sharing their latest research projects, artists sharing their views on their work, book presentations, live music—and much more.
An extensive and animated education program offers workshops and guided tours for children, families, youth, adults and schools.