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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Opens

The newly renovated and expanded Stedelijk Museum celebrated its official reopening on Saturday, September 22, 2012, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

A complete renovation of the historic 1895 building, designed by A. W. Weissman, has converted virtually all of its spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the most important in the world. The vibrant new building, designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects, measuring 9,423 square meters (101,428 square feet), will provide vast new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities.

Half of the ground floor of the historic 1895 building is now dedicated to an installation of visual arts from the 1870s to the 1960s, presented in a dozen galleries. Among the highlights are key works in the careers of Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, Chaïm Soutine, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Charley Toorop, Max Beckmann, Jackson Pollock, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, and other artists of the CoBrA group.

The other half of the ground floor ring of the 1895 building is dedicated to the Stedelijk’s first long-term installation of its significant collection of industrial design, graphic design and applied arts. The installation presents work from major figures ranging from Josef Hoffmann to Philippe Starck and Ettore Sottsass. Special attention is paid to the work of De Stijl, the major interventions of the Stedelijk itself (such as its landmark 1968 exhibition Vormgevers, or Designers), and the influence of the Stedelijk’s own graphic design team, including Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel. Among the highlights on view is the complete Harrenstein Bedroom (1926) by Gerrit Rietveld.

The second floor of the 1895 building features changing displays from the Stedelijk’s renowned collections of major works of visual art, from the 1960s through the present. These include signature works such as La perruche et la sirène by Henri Matisse, The Beanery by Edward Kienholz (which has recently undergone a thorough restoration), Charlene by Robert Rauschenberg, and Bellevue II by Andy Warhol—as well as monographic rooms devoted to the work of Willem de Kooning, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Barnett Newman, Hanne Darboven, and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others. Also on view are many gems that have not been displayed for years, including works by Lee Bontecou, René Daniëls, Jan Dibbets, Lucio Fontana, Gilbert & George, Philip Guston, Joseph Kosuth, Yayoi Kusama, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Jean Tinguely.

The inaugural temporary exhibition Beyond Imagination (on view through November 11) features new projects and commissioned works by an invited group of 20 artists, both Dutch and foreign-born, all active in the Netherlands. It is installed in the new second-floor galleries, where it also extends into the auditorium and public spaces, and to several areas the historic building.

Stedelijk Museum
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The Netherlands
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