In 2023, the Stedelijk Museum will open Buro Stedelijk, a new, independent project space. Buro Stedelijk will be a platform to test new creative ideas and futures, shaped by makers from Amsterdam and beyond. Conceived as a fully autonomous space, Buro Stedelijk will function as a critical and self-critical thorn in the eye of the acclaimed Stedelijk Museum.
Typically, Buro Stedelijk will organise four presentations a year that are experimental, critical, and visually appealing. These ‘take shape’ in the exhibition space itself, in dialogue with and under the direction of the curator, who has full autonomy. Amsterdam-based artists will be important partners in the programming, but participation is not confined to makers living or working in the Dutch capital.
Besides exhibitions, the Public Program is the second major focus of Buro Stedelijk. Here, space is created for a critical examination of curatorial practice, and for questioning the institutional foundations and the scope and limitations of the museum. The Public Program serves as an informal space for debate and will be shaped by the multidisciplinary character of Buro Stedelijk that, in addition to visual art, may also encompass design, photography, fashion or music.
To realise this ambition, the Stedelijk Museum is looking for a:
Curator Buro Stedelijk (m/f/x)
32 hours per week
The artistic direction of Buro Stedelijk is independent of the museum’s thematic focus. Buro Stedelijk functions largely independently and is able to respond more swiftly to topical issues. At the same time, Buro Stedelijk operates within the museum walls. The curator also participates in the museum’s curatorial meetings.
Buro Stedelijk will have access to a square exhibition space with a surface area of over 200 m2, on the ground floor of the historic building. A space immediately adjoining the former entrance on the Paulus Potterstraat will also be available as a lounge/office space, and may be used as a café area during events. The entrance on the Paulus Potterstraat can be opened exclusively for Buro Stedelijk at specific times.
The curator to be appointed will report to the director and will work closely with a Buro Stedelijk project manager (the position has not yet been filled).
- Developing concepts for exhibitions, debates, symposia, lectures and other activities and, working closely with the project manager, implementing the programming;
- Keeping abreast of practices, activities and developments in the field of contemporary art and being alert to ways in which Buro Stedelijk can benefit from these opportunities;
- Conceiving and initiating collaborative concepts for the benefit of Buro Stedelijk, and of the collaborative partners and artists involved;
- Budget management in close collaboration with the project manager.
We are looking for a curator (an individual, a duo or a collective) with a strong position in the cultural field, a vision responsive to experiment and innovation, a distinctive working style and close ties with artists and designers in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and beyond.
Knowledge of art history is not the most important criterion. Ideally, the curator possesses a dynamic, focused vision and has organised relevant projects in the past three years. A second language besides English and an educational background or relevant professional experience or research outside Western Europe and North America are a plus.
Alumni of leading curatorial programmes (national and international) are invited to apply. We also welcome applications from curators outside of the established ranks.
Buro Stedelijk is guided by principles of inclusion and broadening, and actively explores ways of engaging with new and diverse publics. The curator is selected on the basis of a pluralistic vision of the programme and their commitment to addressing socially engaged themes. The contrasting positions of the curator and the participating artists will strengthen the multivocality of the organization.
The curator is appointed for a period of 1.5 years (with the possibility of an extension of another 1.5 years).
The curator is selected by an advisory board consisting of representatives of De Ateliers, the Rijksakademie, the Stedelijk Museum and an independent member.
We initially offer an employment contract for one year, for 32 hours a week, with a view to extension. If a duo or collective is appointed, the 32 hours will be divided among them. Depending on education and experience, the salary is between € 3,525 and € 4,738 per month for a full-time (36-hour) contract of employment (scale 11 Museum CAO), excluding holiday allowance and year-end bonus.
For more information about this position, please contact Director Rein Wolfs (email@example.com).
How to apply:
If you are interested in this position, please submit your CV and cover letter via the application button of this page no later than 14 August.
Applications received by e-mail will not be taken into consideration.
No agencies please.
Buro Stedelijk acknowledges the long-term support of Ammodo and Fonds 21.