gallery talks

Bart Rutten says goodbye to the Stedelijk in Style
12 Apr 2017

Exhibition galleries
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Dutch and English
Museum card € 3 | Students € 10.50 | Regular € 18


Bart Rutten, Head of Collections
Bart Rutten, Head of Collections

Bart Rutten, Head of Collections for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, is saying goodbye in Style. He will make two final, public rounds through the museum building, offering his perspective on the presentations De Stijl at the Stedelijk and Chris Beekman, De Stijl Defector.



- 11.00 – 12.00 am: Dutch-language tour
- 01.30 – 02.30 pm: English-language tour


De Stijl at the Stedelijk is organized around a number of facets of this art movement, incuding the use of color, the diagonal line, purity, architecture and the dissemination of De Stijl. Works that clearly express the De Stijl ideology are combined with works by post-war artists. Some pay inspired homage to De Stijl, whereas others examine its contemporary relevance. More info.

Chris Beekman, De Stijl Defector is a presentation of the oeuvre of forgotten De Stijl artist Chris Beekman. With over 80 works from the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Museum Kröller-Müller and the Amsterdam Museum, the Stedelijk draws attention to the work of Chris Beekman, one of the most politically active artists that were affiliated with this movement. More info. 


In 2008 Bart Rutten began working at the Stedelijk Museum as a conservator of visual arts and took the position af Head of Collections in 2016. Now he bids his adieu to become artistic director of the Centraal Museum Utrecht in May 2017. Rutten previously worked as curator for the Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst (NIMK, now LIMA) and applied his knowledge of video art at the Stedelijk in presentations such as TV As… (2010 – 2011), which featured highlights from the Stedelijk collectie, and Stedelijk @ Trouw: Contemporary Art Club (2012-2013), in collaboration with the Trouw nightclub. Partly thanks to his colleagues, he developed his love for classic modernism during his collection research for exhibitions such as Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-garde (2013-2014) and The Oasis of Matisse (2015). In 2016, when Rutten was appointed Head of Collections he, together with director Beatrix Ruf, became responsible for the acquisition policy, the management and the conservation of the museum’s collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and design.