Interested in knowing more about the space suits in the exhibition or the Stedelijk’s collection of Cuban posters? Curious about the role Amsterdam played on the revolutionary world stage? Or would you like to take a closer look at the Continuous Drawing by artist Tjebbe van Tijens? FEATURED offers longreads, photo stories, special events, audio stories and other background information so you can get the most out of the exhibition Amsterdam, the Magic Center.

Scroll Continuous drawing by Tjebbe van Tijen

The Kontinue Tekening (“Continuous Drawing”) was a project by artist Tjebbe van Tijen who endeavored to make “inside and outside activities that are not theater, visual art, musical dance, or entertainment, but expressions that are beyond these frameworks, and are also not implied by the euphemism of ‘happening.’” Van Tijen has documented the execution of his Continuous Drawing between 1967-2018 thoroughly in an online ‘scroll’, in words and images.
Go to scroll

A full documentation of all parts of the visual narrative scroll can permanently be found at Het Archiefcomitee van de Toekomst.

Tjebbe van Tijen, 1966.
Tjebbe van Tijen, 1966.

Space suits, Cuban posters and the Insect Sect

Photo stories

FEATURED includes contributions relating to specific works of art, magazines, and documents of the exhibition: Harm Stevens (curator Rijksmuseum) writes about the “space suits”, created by Luuks Laboratorium and Suzanna Héman (researcher Stedelijk Museum) about the Cuban posters in the Stedelijk Museum collection, and the wonderful world of the Insektensekte (“Insect Sect”). More photo stories will be published online in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on this website or our social media channels.

Amsterdam and the revolutionary outside world

Longreads

FEATURED offers a deeper analysis of many of the documents, artworks, ideas, and themes from the exhibtion Amsterdam, The Magic Center in several longreads. Curator Leontine Coelewij gives a comprehensive introduction on how Amsterdam became the magic center of the world. Among other things, sociologist Eric Duivenvoorden takes a look at the squatters’ movement and the early years of the Kabouter party. Janna Schoenberger (Amsterdam University College) writes about the revolutionary television program Hoepla (“Hoopla”), and the protest actions of Dolle Mina.
More longreads will be published online in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on this website or our social media channels.

Video still of an episode of Brandpunt (KRO, 24 January 1970) on the Dolle Mina (“Mad Mina”), 1970.
Video still of an episode of Brandpunt (KRO, 24 January 1970) on the Dolle Mina (“Mad Mina”), 1970.

Listen to the audio tour online

Did you know that free audio tours are always available at the Stedelijk Museum? An audio tour has also been specially designed for the exhibition Amsterdam, the Magic Center. Art and counterculture 1967-1970. Step back in time and explore the city as it was 50 years ago, with sound clips from the era, interviews with artists who were part of the sixties art revolution, and interviews with the exhibition curators. Pick up your free audio tour (in Dutch or English) next to the information desk. Or listen to it online before or after your visit!

A guided city tour through magical amsterdam (Fall 2018)

This fall, as part of the Month of History - which this year is all about the theme 'Revolt' - you can also experience Amsterdam, the Magic Center on the city’s streets. A tour guide will take you to locations in Amsterdam that were the site of protests, manifestations and happenings in the 1960s. City walks are available every Saturday afternoon throughout October. 

More info & tickets online soon

Listening tip! Art on the barricades is part two in the Stedelijk podcast series accompanying the exhibition Amsterdam, the Magic Center. Listening to the podcast makes a great way to start your walk. Available from half July on iTunes (podcast available in Dutch only).

Koert Stuyf, Verend trottoir, 1970. Photo © Ad Petersen
Koert Stuyf, Verend trottoir, 1970. Photo © Ad Petersen