stedelijk museum (amsterdam)

The Stedelijk Museum is one of the most interesting museums in The Netherlands, in my opinion, with its rich history dating back to 1895, its impressive collection of modern and contemporary art rivaling that of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the MoMA in New York City, its central location and beautiful 19th century Dutch architecture of Renaissance-like grandeur.

Since 2003, the Stedelijk Museum has been under renovation. A year ago, the museum was open from August 28, 2010 to January 9, 2011 showcasing the “Temporary Stedelijk 1: Taking Place,” followed now by “Temporary Stedelijk 2: Making Histories” on display till October 9, 2011.

The current exhibition, “Making Histories – The Changing Views of the Collection” explores “how a museum collection constructs and embodies histories to be reconsidered over time, offering various views into the museum’s own history and its collections right up to the present day, through monographic installations of individual works or bodies of work by key artists and designers, thematic surveys, archival research projects, special projects and recent acquisitions.” Down the exhibition pamphlet Now on View by clicking on the link.

Featured below is a painting by Andy Warhol as part of the collection, “Bellevue: contemporary paintings from the collection” and focuses on the relationship between representational paintings and its context (news media, photography, advertising, etc.) These photographs are just a sample of the works featured at the Stedelijk right now…

I love the fluorescent neon lips of Martial Raysse‘ Peinture à haute tension (1965)…

One of the most impressive sights at the museum is Dan Flavin‘s Untitled (to Piet Mondrian through his preferred colors, red, yellow and blue) from 1986…

For Temporary Stedelijk 2, the Hall of Honor presents several iconic works from the collection. The centerpiece of this presentation is La Perruche et la Sirène (1952), the famous papier découpé (paper cutout) work by Henri Matisse

As well as Andy Warhol’s Large Flowers (1964)…

Another exhibit on display is “Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey,” which celebrates the prolific career of Dutch graphic designer Wim Crouwel, who designed all the graphic work for the Stedelijk Museum from 1963 to 1985…

And if you’re visiting the museum, why not grab a coffee or a sandwich while sitting opposite Karel Appel‘s 1965 mural on one side and Lawrence Weiner‘s Scattered Matter Brought to a Known Density with the Weight of the World / Cusped from 2007 on the other side, at the (temporary) Cafe Stedelijk

So long Stedelijk, till the next time…

The Stedelijk Museum is located on the Paulus Potterstraat 13 (where I took this photograph!) on the Museumplein, next to the Van Gogh Museum. Click here for museum hours and admission prices.

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