Events — 13 May 2016

In collaboration with Stichting Hai Nun, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will screen the documentary film De verdwenen kunst van Willem de Ridder (The lost works of Willem de Ridder) on May 13. In 1997 Fluxus artist Willem de Ridder organized a peculiar and clandestine exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. Using Walkmans, De Ridder guided visitors through the museum, showing them artworks he had been placing in the museum since the early 1990s.

Admission Museum entrance ticket (free under 19 and with Museumkaart)
Teijin Auditorium + tours through the galleries
13 May 2016, 5 pm until 7 pm
Main language

The artist had arranged this Secret Exhibition, including works titled Black Hole (1995), Screw You (1978) and Laser Vision (1994), without permission or knowledge of the board. De Ridder’s voice accompanied the audience along these subtle works, which were barely noticeable to unsuspecting visitors. All these works disappeared during the renovation of the Stedelijk Museum.

The documentary takes inventory of the damage, against the background of the age-old question ‘when is art Art – with a capital A?’ Rather than on ‘official art, approved by the museum board’ this documentary focuses on the Fluxus movement’s rebellious approach to art.

Just like Willem de Ridder’s secret tour, this evening will draw spectators into an unsettling adventure that will recontextualize the perception of art at the renovated Stedelijk Museum.


7 pm                     WELCOME | Margriet Schavemaker
7.15                       START FILM | De verdwenen kunst van Willem de Ridder
8.10                       TALK | Willem de Ridder, Frank Herrebout and Margriet Schavemaker
8.40                       Presentation of the first DVD
8.50                       Tour of several works by Willem de Ridder (optional)
10 pm                   Museum closes


Willem de Ridder is an internationally renowned Fluxus artist, magazine editor, radio producer and storyteller. He attended the Royal Academy of Art and Design in 's-Hertogenbosch. De Ridder was responsible for many developments in the field of art, culture and recreation, and closely involved in the foundation of the Amsterdam venues Paradiso and Melkweg. Fluxus leader George Maciunas appointed him chairman of Fluxus’ Northern Europe section. De Ridder co-founded the Mood Engineering Society (MES) and the ‘Association for Scientific Research in New Methods of Recreation (the latter with Wim T. Schippers). With Wim van der Linden, he realized Sad Movies, a project screened at film festivals throughout Europe, and with Annie Sprinkle he hosted controversial radio shows on various US radio stations.

Frank Herrebout is a film and documentary maker. He studied at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam; his graduation film Sister Lydia is looking for happiness was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival. Herrebout writes screenplays and directs films and documentaries. In his documentaries he often seeks to explore the edgy side of art.

Margriet Schavemaker is Manager of Education, Interpretation and Publications at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She writes on contemporary art and theory, organizes lectures and debates (e.g. Facing Forward: Art and Theory from a Future Perspective (2011-2012)) and creates exhibitions with a strong focus on history and archival research (including The Stedelijk Museum & The Second World War and ZERO: Let Us Explore the Stars, both 2015).