Close Reading Seth Siegelaub -Textiles
1 Apr 2016

Exhibition: lower level galleries
4 - 5 pm


To receive the selected texts, please make a reservations at reservations@stedelijk.nl

Embroidered panel, aka ‘suzani’. Bokhara Uzbekistan. 19th century. 114 x 53 cm. Silk. Photo Marion Benoit
Embroidered panel, aka ‘suzani’. Bokhara Uzbekistan. 19th century. 114 x 53 cm. Silk. Photo Marion Benoit

The Stedelijk Museum organizes close-reading groups, spread across four afternoon sessions, on specific subjects related to the exhibition Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art. This program reflects on ideas about conceptual art, the cooperation between artist and curator, and the traces this has left both in art history and in our society. The program titles refer to significant projects by Siegelaub: How Is Art History Made, How To Read Donald Duck, Curatorial Attitudes, and Textiles. Four specialists will help participants examine and analyze these subjects, and collaboratively recontextualize them.

The fourth edition of this series will be led by Sara Martinetti and Merel van Tilburg, and will focus on Seth Siegelaub’s collection of textiles.


Sara Martinetti is a researcher and curator whose work crosses the anthropology of writing, art history and theory of craft. A PhD student at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) since 2012 and a Research Assistant Fellow at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) in Paris from 2012 to 2016, her dissertation considers all aspects of Seth Siegelaub’s career as a pioneering exhibition organiser, publisher and bibliographer. In the course of her research, she has initiated and co-curated several projects around different aspects of his work, among which the exhibition The Stuff That Matters: Textiles Collected by Seth Siegelaub for the CSROT at Raven Row in London (2012), Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2015–2016), “Better Read than Dead”: The Seth Siegelaub Source Book, 1964–2013 (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2016). She regularly contributes to various academic journals and lectures on issues related to textiles.

Merel van Tilburg is an art historian and currently works on her postdoctoral research project Modernism and the ‘Carpet Paradigm’: A historiography and iconology of modern textiles works of art, c. 1870-c. 1980, which investigates the relationship between modern painting and the textile arts. In 2013 she completed her Ph.D. thesis, entitled Staging the Symbol. The Nabis, Theatre Decoration, and the Total Work of Art, at the University of Geneva.


To receive the selected materials, please make a reservation via reservations@stedelijk.nl.