Queen Opens the Stedelijk
22 Sep 2012
On Saturday, September 22, Her Majesty the Queen will open the new Stedelijk. Beginning Sunday, September 23, the museum will be open to the public again. With a brand new wing, the Stedelijk now has more space than ever to show its famous collection and its renowned and influential exhibitions.
Renovation & Expansion
The new Stedelijk consists of a historic building built in 1895 and a new extension realized by Benthem Crouwel Architects. The renovation included moving the main entrance to the side of the Museumplein, on which the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Concertgebouw are also situated.
The Stedelijk Museum is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. The collection contains more than 90,000 objects dating from the the nineteenth century to the present. The old part of the museum houses the permanent collection. This consists of visual art with works including those by Karel Appel, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. In addition, the museum offers a permanent design presentation including industrial design, graphic design, and applied art from designers such as Josef Hoffmann, Gerrit Rietveld, and Philippe Starck. For the opening of its spectacular basement, the Stedelijk will present eight special monumental installations from the collection, including new acquisitions!
The new building offers changing exhibitions. The opening exhibition "Beyond Imagination" is on display from September 23 to November 11, 2012. "Beyond Imagination" marks the return of the Stedelijk as the center of Amsterdam's contemporary art world and is a tribute to the art that’s made in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Twenty international artists, active in the Netherlands, will be giving their views on the boundaries between reality and imagination.
Activities for Young and Old
Every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday there is a dynamic Public Program with lectures, film screenings, book presentations, interviews, performances, music, dance performances, and other events.
The Stedelijk connects families with art. Come experience, talk, and create together in the Familylab and join an artist's workshop. Or discover the museum with a special audio tour and the Family Traces program.
The Blikopeners are peer educators, young people 15 to 19 years old who work at the Stedelijk and have a fresh perspective on art. They give tours, opinions and advice, and organize activities for their peers.
For all visitors who want to get more out of their visit to the museum, the Stedelijk offers in-depth tours, audio tours, and courses.