Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) is a project space of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, located in the city centre. The objective of SMBA is to present contemporary art from an Amsterdam context and therefore to create an international platform by organizing exhibitions, lectures, debates, publications and residency programmes. Jelle Bouwhuis is the current curator of SMBA.
The exhibition area, a former clothing workshop, is located in the centre of the city in the midst of the galleries for contemporary art. Since 1993, Bureau Amsterdam has organized exhibitions of Amsterdam-based art in an international context. The accent is on new trends in painting and sculpture, video, photography, performance, installation, design and new media.
In addition to the exhibitions in Amsterdam, Bureau Amsterdam initiates exchanges with art organizations abroad. The theory of contemporary art gets an airing during the lecture evenings Bureau Amsterdam holds six times a year. Leading national and international theorists, critics and artists address topical issues in contemporary visual culture. Every exhibition in Bureau Amsterdam is accompanied by a Newsletter containing information about the exhibitions, artists and activities of Bureau Amsterdam.