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Stedelijk Museum Presents Temporary Stedelijk 2

While work continues on the new annex, the Stedelijk Museum continues its temporary program in the historic building with Temporary Stedelijk 2, which focuses on its renowned collection of modern and contemporary art and design.

Selections from the collections, both iconic and lesser known works as well as recent acquisitions, are presented in innovative ways within the current conditions of the building.

Dan Flavin, “untitled (to Piet Mondrian through his preferred colors, red, yellow and blue) and untitled (to Piet Mondrian who lacked green) 2,”1986 Stephen Flavin, New York. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York

Making Histories: Changing Views of the Collection highlights the breadth of the museum’s collection, which includes over 90,000 pieces including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, works on paper, artist’s books, applied arts and industrial and graphic design.

Works by Lothar Baumgarten, Barbara Bloom, Donald Judd, Willem de Kooning, Kazimir Malevich, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Bruce Nauman, Allen Ruppersberg, Willem Sandberg, Fiona Tan and Charley Toorop, among others, are on display. A stunning installation on loan of works by Dan Flavin occupies the hall of the upper floor.

Distinctive aspects of the Stedelijk’s collection are highlighted in two thematic presentations:

TV as… highlights a selection of work from the collection focused primarily on the 1970s and 80s. The Stedelijk Museum has a long and distinguished history of collecting and exhibiting video and television-based art. TV as… features well known works by Dara Birnbaum, Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman and Gerry Schum, among others.

Recollections looks at two exhibitions from the period during which Willem Sandberg was the museum’s director (1945–1963): Bewogen Beweging (1961) and Dylaby (1962). In addition to archival materials, catalogues and posters, and photographs and films by Ed van der Elsken, Recollections includes works by such luminary artists as Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg and Jean Tinguely.

The Stedelijk Museum has always been a platform for the creation of new work and a showcase for the latest developments in contemporary art. Two gallery spaces are devoted to special projects of contemporary art, beginning with those by Iranian artist Nairy Baghramian and Italian artist Piero Golia.

The museum’s collection is also distinguished by its extensive holdings of applied arts and design. A selection of tableware is presented, along with a special room dedicated to the design of metal furniture by, among others, Ron Arad, Xavier Lust and Gerrit Rietveld. Four consecutive galleries show work by important young designers, including Karl Fritsch, Manon van Kouswijk and Joris Laarman.

Three of the ground floor galleries present recent acquisitions. The first presentation spotlights recently acquired 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.
Selections from the collections are presented on a rotating basis: returning visitors will have the opportunity to see different works over the coming months.

Temporary Stedelijk 2 also introduces the Temporary Bookstore, managed by Koenig Books—their only location in the Netherlands.

Public Program and Education
The Stedelijk continues its multi-faceted program of activities and events, featuring: performances by acclaimed artists such as Matt Mullican and Ben Kinmont; film evenings with Fiona Tan, Morgan Fisher and Laura Mulvey (among others); Gallery Talks by experts such as Ann Goldstein, Sven Lütticken and Susanne Figner Ruembeli; Collection Close-Ups with curators and conservators sharing their latest research, with Jiro Kamata, Reesa Greenberg, Julia Robinson and others; lectures by artists such as Bert Theis, The Yes Men, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas and Teresa Margolles; book presentations; symposia; live music and much more.

For specific dates and more information please check

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