THE STEDELIJK MUSEUM AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR

During the Second World War, many artists and art collectorswho had fled the Nazi regime in Germany entrusted theirart works to the Stedelijk Museum. Museum director DavidRöell and curator Willem Sandberg looked after more than500 collections, stored in a bunker built especially for the purpose inthe dunes near Castricum. At the same time, the Stedelijk remainedopen throughout the war years, surrounded by German bunkers andNazi-held premises.This book describes a remarkable episode in the museum’s history. It isbased on the provenance research performed by the Stedelijk Museumas part of the nation-wide investigation entitled Museum Acquisitionsfrom 1933 onwards. The examination of the museum’s collection andof many archives uncovered a number of poignant histories. It also revealedhow the museum, after the war, commemorated the tragic recentevents and how it celebrated the regained freedom through the acquisitionof modern art.

Published by Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Price € 29,95 | 17 x 23 cm | 192 pages | Paperback with flaps | Full color | ISBN 978 90 593 7404 1 (English) | ISBN 978 90 593 7403 4 (Dutch) | NUR 689 | Design Studio Ron van Roon