The Living Museum: Performing the Collection
26 May - 28 May 2017

OPEN CALL for participants, everyone can join, professionals as well as amateurs, young and old, solo, duo, or as part of a group.

Stedelijk Museum
English and Dutch
Museum card free / students € 7.50 / regular € 15

Reservations not necessary.

Photo credits: Jan Boeve
Photo credits: Jan Boeve


Could you look at paintings of Piet Mondrian for hours? Can’t stop talking about the works of Karel Appel? Are the drawings of Marlene Dumas often met with a strong reaction?  Join The Living Museum: choose an artwork and bring it to life in your way. Share your experiences, associations and memories, alongside other performers, and be inspired to do a dance, rap, read poetry or do a performance. Colleagues from the museum will be ready with tips, further knowledge, and advice.


  1. You can sign up until Wednesday May 3rd: blikopeners@stedelijk.nl (name, number of participants, contact details, artwork of your choice)
  2. Before May 5th you will know if you’re invited to participate during the event
  3. Develop your performance during the workshops on May 13th
  4. Perform at the Stedelijk: one or more parts of the day on May 26th – May 28th

Background information

During the last weekend of May the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will be the stage for The Living Museum, a project that took place earlier as a part of An Imagined Museum: works from the Centre Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections, a touring project presented at Tate Liverpool, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and Centre Pompidou-Metz.

The inspiration for this project is the book ‘Fahrenheit 451’, written by the British actor Ray Bradbury (1953), in which all books are banned and the main characters represent a living library. In case of The Living Museum it is about the collective memory where the content of the artwork is stored through memory and is passed on to future generations.

The Living Museum will take place from Friday the 26th until Sunday the 28th of May 2017.

You can sign up until May 3, 2017

Times: Friday 10 am - 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 6 pm.

The content of the project will be shaped by our Blikopeners, young people between aged 15-19 who hold a part-time position at the Stedelijk.