Sara van der Heide
Jan van Toorn
Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen
On Saturday, September 22, the Queen will open the new Stedelijk. In the tradition of the "Municipal Art Acquisitions", the opening exhibition gives an international perspective on Dutch art today. "Beyond Imagination" includes new projects and commissioned works by 20 artists, Dutch nationals as well as those born elsewhere, all of who are active today in the Netherlands. A series of performances are organized and also two monumental video installations are programmed at the Auditorium.
On Saturday, September 22, Her Majesty the Queen will open the new Stedelijk. Beginning Sunday, September 23, the museum will be open to the public again. With a brand new wing, the Stedelijk now has more space than ever to show its famous collection and its renowned and influential exhibitions. In the opening week, the museum is also open on Monday September 24!
A complete renovation of the Stedelijk’s historic building, designed by A.W. Weissman and dating back to 1895, has converted virtually all of its program spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the world’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design. The dynamic new building—designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects and measuring 10,000 square meters (98,400 square feet)—will provide new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities. The innovative design also re-orients the entire museum to face onto Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Plaza), activating a vital public space that is shared by the Stedelijk and its neighbors: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw.
“With this long-awaited opening, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will reaffirm and strengthen its place among leading international art institutions, showcase Amsterdam as a center of artistic experimentation and bring new life to the Museumplein, re-establishing it as a cultural destination,” Ann Goldstein stated. “And with the completion of Mels Crouwel’s bold yet brilliantly functional building, we are effectively adding a major new work to our exceptional collection of Dutch modern design.”
The museum also announced details of the permanent collection installation and of two inaugural temporary exhibitions. Beyond Imagination will feature new projects and commissioned works by an invited group of 20 artists, both Dutch and foreign-born, now active in the Netherlands. It will be installed in the new second-floor galleries and spill out into the auditorium and public spaces in the new building. The first temporary exhibition in the new building’s 1,100-square-meter (10,800-square-foot) gallery will take full advantage of this unique space by presenting large-scale contemporary works and installations from the collection by Carl Andre, Rodney Graham, Joan Jonas, John Knight, Barbara Kruger, Melvin Moti and Diana Thater, among others. This vast, column-free, open-plan gallery brings exciting new possibilities for monumentally scaled works to be presented indoors in Amsterdam.
The Stedelijk will proceed with its plans for the eagerly anticipated retrospective 'Mike Kelley'. The exhibition will open at the Stedelijk on December 15, 2012, and then travel to other major museums in Europe and America.
The renovation and new wing of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam were made possible thanks to the generous support of the Founders and Donors of the Stichting Fondsenwerving en -beheer Uitbreiding en Renovatie Stedelijk Museum and the Stichting Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
curators Kathrin Jentjens and Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen
Celebrating the return of the Stedelijk Museum as the focal point of Amsterdam’s contemporary art scene, "Beyond Imagination", the first temporary exhibition at the new Stedelijk, is a tribute to the art that is made in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. In the tradition of the "Municipal Art Acquisitions", this exhibition gives an international perspective on Dutch art today. "Beyond Imagination" will include new projects and commissioned works by 20 artists, Dutch nationals as well as those born elsewhere, all of who are active today in the Netherlands.
In organizing this year’s exhibition, Stedelijk curator Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen and guest curator Kathrin Jentjens (former director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein) asked artists to consider the ways in which boundaries are now blurred between reality and imagination, authenticity and role-playing, especially in relation to developments in politics, finance and media. A total of 657 artists proposed responses to this theme. A jury comprising the curators and three other members (Frédérique Bergholtz, Koen Brams and Melvin Moti) made the final selection of 20 artists. By featuring many works of a hybrid, process-based, performative character,"Beyond Imagination" will also contribute to the continuing discourse about contemporary collection practice; midway through the exhibition, the museum will purchase a number of these works, with acquisition funds provided by the Municipality of Amsterdam.
The majority of the artists selected for "Beyond Imagination" are in their twenties and thirties. The youngest was born in 1988 and the oldest in 1932. Their countries of origin are the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and the United States, but all either trained in the Netherlands or have participated in residency programs at Dutch institutions such as the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and De Ateliers in Amsterdam and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. The artists are James Beckett, Eric Bell and Kristoffer Frick, Rossella Biscotti, Eglé Budvytyté, Jeremiah Day, Christian Friedrich, Sara van der Heide, Suchan Kinoshita, Susanne Kriemann, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Snejanka Mihaylova, Rory Pilgrim, Falke Pisano, Julika Rudelius, Fiona Tan, Jennifer Tee, Jan van Toorn, Vincent Vulsma and Andros Zins-Browne.
Also on view for the opening will be a temporary exhibition organized by Ann Goldstein with Stedelijk curators Leontine Coelewij and Bart Rutten in the largest gallery in the Stedelijk’s new building, which is also the largest column-free, open-plan gallery in the Netherlands. The exhibition will feature sizable works and installations from the permanent collection by Carl Andre, Rodney Graham, Joan Jonas, John Knight, Barbara Kruger, Melvin Moti and Diana Thater, among others.
VIDEO INSTALLATIONS AND PERFORMANCE: BEYOND IMAGINATION
As part of the opening exhibition "Beyond Imagination" a series of performances are organized and also two monumental video installations are programmed at the Stedelijk Auditorium.
*Rory Pilgrim, Open, 2012, musical performance with Blikopeners, Nationaal and Vrouwen Jeugdkoor date: Opening ceremony, 22 Sep, 4 p.m.
*Christian Friedrich, "Untitled", 2011, video installation location: Teijin Auditorium, dates: 23 Sep–6 Oct
*Sara van der Heide, "Abstract Background with One or Two Figures", 2012, a series of daily performances. location: Throughout the building, various times, dates:
23 Sep–11 Nov
*Falke Pisano, "Disordered Bodies Fractured Minds (Private M., Patient A. & Traveller H.)", 2012, two videos. location: Gallery no. 0.10, dates: 23 Sep–11 Nov
*Suchan Kinoshita, "SUCHKINO", 2012, set for unannounced performances. location: Gallery no. 1.32, dates: 23 Sep–11 Nov
*Jennifer Tee, "Star-Crossed", 2010–2012, dance performance with Marjolein Vogels and MiRi Lee. location: VandenEnde Foundation gallery, dates: 9 Sep; 6, 13, 20, &
27 Oct; 3 Nov, 3 p.m. (except 13 Oct, 2 p.m.)
*Sara van der Heide and Moosje Goosen, "Art History and the Museum of Western Folklore: A Commemorative Speech", narrated by Mark Bellamy. location: Teijin Auditorium, date: 7 Oct, 3 p.m. Reservations are mandatory. Please send an email to email@example.com, stating your full name, email address, and telephone number, and the title and date of the event for which you would like to make a reservation.
*Snejanka Mihaylova, "Practical Training in Thinking", seminar in dialogue with Mladen Dolar. location: Teijin Auditorium, date: 9 Oct, 11 a.m, language: English. Reservations are mandatory. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your full name, email address, and telephone number, and the title and date of the event for which you would like to make a reservation.
*Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, "Stars!" 2012, performance with Isabel Lewis, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, Travis Boyer, and Sophie Knapp. location: Central staircase of the historic building, date: 11 Oct, 8 p.m. Reservations are mandatory. Please send an email to email@example.com, stating your full name, email address, and telephone number, and the title and date of the event for which you would like to make a reservation.
*Jeremiah Day, "The Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness", 2012, performance. location: Teijin Auditorium. date: 13 Oct, 3 p.m, language: English
Reservations are mandatory. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your full name, email address, and telephone number, and the title and date of the event for which you would like to make a reservation.
*Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick, "Hunting in Heaven", 2012, video installation. location: Teijin Auditorium, duration: 17 Oct–3 Nov
*Andros Zins-Browne - wpZimmer, "Welcome to the Jungle", 2012, performative installation. location: Teijin auditorium, dates: 10–11 Nov, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. & 3–5 p.m.
Snejanka Mihaylova, "Practical Training in Thinking", artist book, designed by Philip Baber, published by The Last Books, 80 pages, b/w, edition of 500, ISBN 978-954-92943-1-6
Image: Christian Friedrich, Untitled, 2011, video, sound, courtesy of the artist and Wilfried Lentz gallery. ©DLR
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Saturday, September 22
Museumplein 10, Amsterdam
Visitors pay entrance to the museum only (special discounts apply).