With the opening of the renovated and expanded Stedelijk Museum, one-half of the ground floor of the historic 1895 building will now be dedicated to an installation of visual arts from the 1870s to the 1960s, presented in a dozen galleries. Truly, this new installment in the famous museum will attract more tourists, both foreign and local. Any vacationer will find it hard to just stay in their Amsterdam apartments with this kind of must-see attraction. Among the highlights will be key works in the careers of Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc, Chaïm Soutine, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Kazimir Malevich, Charley Toorop, Max Beckmann, Jackson Pollock, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel and the artists of the CoBrA group. Inner rooms, protected from the light, will permit shorter-term installations of works on paper (a major group by Malevich for the opening installation) and the Stedelijk’s outstanding collection of photography.
The other half of the ground floor ring of the 1895 building will now be dedicated to the Stedelijk’s first installation of its highly important collection of industrial design, graphic design and applied arts. Organized in three main sections (the development of modernism, 1900-1950; postwar modernism, 1950-1980; and post-modernism to the present, 1980 onward), the installation will encompass groups of glassware, ceramics, jewelry, posters, furniture and textiles, presented so as to bring to light the changing relationships among craft, design, technology and social ideals. Although the installation will be fully international, and will include major figures ranging from Josef Hoffmann through Philippe Starck and Ettore Sottsass, special attention will be paid to a part of design history that can be fully appreciated only here: 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 design team, including director Willem Sandberg and longtime in-house designer Wim Crouwel (father of the architect of the new Stedelijk, Mels Crouwel). Among the highlights on view will be the complete "Harrenstein Bedroom", 1926, by Gerrit Rietveld. A suite of galleries in the design ring, set aside for temporary exhibitions, will open with an examination of the influence of the Bauhaus in the Netherlands, from industrial design to textiles, typography and photography.
The second floor of the 1895 building will feature changing displays from the Stedelijk’s renowned collections of major works from the 1960s through the present. These will include signature works such as "La perruche et la sirène by Henri Matisse", "The Beanery" by Edward Kienholz, 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. Also on view will be many gems that have not been seen for years, including works by Lee Bontecou, Rene Daniels, Jan Dibbets, Lucio Fontana, Gilbert & George, Philip Guston, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Gordon Matta-Clark and Jean Tinguely, as well as new acquisitions by Barbara Bloom, Stanley Brouwn, Marlene Dumas, Dan Flavin, Simone Forti, John Knight, Cady Noland, Martha Rosler, Ger van Elk, Danh Vo and Guido van der Werve, among others.
Also on view at the time of the opening will be a temporary exhibition organized by Ann Goldstein with Stedelijk curators Leontine Coelewij and Bart Rutten taking advantage of the biggest single space in the Stedelijk’s new building, which is also the biggest columnfree, open-plan gallery in the Netherlands. The exhibition will feature large-scale 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.
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