installation view with 5 works by Malevich

Events — 2 Dec 2022

On Friday evening 2 December, the Stedelijk will pay tribute to Malevich, one of the pioneers of abstract art, and one of the most important artists in our collection. We celebrate his art, and reflect on ever-changing insights shaped by social developments.

Standard: € 9,95* – Reduced: € 7,50* (Students, CJP, Vrienden, Museumcard, Stadspas, ICOM or other valid museum ticket) – under 18: Free
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
2 Dec 2022, 6.30 pm until 10 pm
Main language
English and Dutch
Please note that this event is sold out. 
This night you can enter through the doors on the Paulus Potterstraat.

Born in Kyiv to Polish parents, Malevich has always been considered a Russian artist. That view is currently being adjusted, particularly in light of current developments in this region. A conversation about cultural politics, shifting perceptions, and a western perspective. 

Expect conversations with art experts, contemporary artists and experts from the museum.
Do you want to get to know the powerful visual language of Malevich? This is possible during Meet the Masters, the Speed Tour and the workshop. If you want to know more about Malevich and how Russian cultural politics is being considered today? This is possible during the book presentation, the Gallery Talks and the lecture by Frank van Lamoen.

To the Suprematist, the visual phenomena of the objective world are, in themselves, meaningless; the significant thing is feeling

— Kazimir Malevich
Installation view with works by Malevich
Installation view Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij


6.30 pm
Doors open Please note: this night, you can enter through the doors on the Paulus Potterstraat.
Exhibition: Yesterday Today

Speedtours by Blikopeners about Malevich (NL/EN*)
Workshop: ‘Abstraheren kun je leren’ (NL/EN)

Zadelhoff Café open for drinks
6.45 pm
7.00 – 7.50 pm
Meet the Masters: Kazimir Malevich (NL)
With a.o.: Sjaron Minailo, Rein Wolfs, Sarah Sluimer, Robbie Schweiger
By: Mirthe Frese
7.15 pm
Gallery Talk: Katerina Sidorova on 'More than Malevich' (EN)
8.00 – 8.30 pm
Book launch: Beginning in the Middle: Conversations on the Post-Soviet (EN)
8.45 - 9.15 pm
Lecture: 'From Repin to Malevich' by Frank van Lamoen (NL)
8.45 pm
Gallery Talk: Katerina Sidorova on 'More than Malevich' (EN)
9 - 9.15 pm
Music: OMFO (Our Man From Odessa)
10 pm
Museum closes
  • Photo of audience during meet the masters
    Meet the Masters. Photo: Maarten Nauw
  • Photo of a guided tour, tour guide points to three works by Malevich
    Tour Malevich. Photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron
  • Photo of Blikopeners Speed Tour
    Blikopeners Speedtour. Photo: Maarten Nauw

Program in detail


7.00 – 7.15 PM, 0.7

The monthly Meet the Masters programme introduces you to the work of one influential artist. This time, it is Kazimir Malevich. Malevich was part of what is now called the Kyiv avant-garde and was at the forefront of a new style: Suprematism. In the company of several guests, we'll examine the work of Malevich and other artists from a historical, cultural-political and artistic perspective. How do you look at, discuss and exhibit art viewed from today’s insights without detracting from the pleasure of looking at art?

installation view with 5 works by Malevich
Installation view Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij

Including Opera director Sjaron Minailo, author Sarah Sluimer, Stedelijk Museum director Rein Wolfs, Stedelijk researcher Robbie Schweiger, and music. This programme is curated and presented by Mirthe Frese. 

Sjaron Minailo

Sjaron Minailo is a music theater and opera director working in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. In addition to his artistic work, he fulfills the role of artist-curator at the Opera Forward Festival of the Dutch National Opera and is also artistic director of the temporary master program Re:master Opera at the Sandberg Institute. As an artist, Minailo is interested in bringing different forms of opera in relation to other art forms, both online and offline and with different media, in which music is always the driving force. Recent works by Minailo include Notwehr commissioned by the Venice Biennale (2022), the spoken opera podcast EVA (2021) and the animation opera Undine (2021).

Sarah Sluimer

Sarah Sluimer (1985) is a writer and weekly columnist for NRC. Last year she wrote the opera I Have Missed You Forever for DNO. She also wrote two novels: Keizer (2018) and De Stilte (2020). Next year she will create a music theater performance at Orkater.

Robbie Schweiger

Robbie Schweiger is a Slavist and art historian, and a researcher at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Schweiger's research into art from Russia and the (former) Soviet Union for the Stedelijk Museum eventually led to the publication Beginning in the Middle: Conversations on the Post-Soviet (Jap Sam Books, 2022), which he wrote together with art historian and jurist Elsbeth Dekker.

Rein Wolfs

Rein Wolfs is director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since the end of 2019. Wolfs (Hoorn, 1960) has a distinguished career, particularly in Germany and Switzerland. In 2013 he joined the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, when the institution was experiencing difficulties, and transformed it into a dynamic, thriving venue. Formerly he was also artistic director of Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, head of exhibitions at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, and director of the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich. In 2003 he curated the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Mirthe Frese

Mirthe Frese is a moderator, writer and program maker. In 2018, she wrote and performed her first solo performance, Retourtje Polen (“Return Trip to Poland”) for Theater Na de Dam. She is currently working on her debut novel (Nijgh & Van Ditmar publishers). Whether she is writing, making theater, leading a debate or creating a program, her main goal is always to bring together a diversity of stories, histories and opinions.

Speed tours (NL/EN*)

Start in Audi gallery

Join one of the 20-minute speed tours and discover how Malevich' 2D paintings look as if they’re actually moving.

photo of people around a table doing a workshop with colorful paper
Workshop. Photo: Maarten Nauw


Ongoing, Audi Gallery

With his black square, Malevich mastered the art of omission. So, roll up your sleeves and make your own abstract composition. Leave out as much as you can to create the most striking image.

Gallery Talk: Katerina Sidorova on 'More than Malevich' (EN)

Start in Audi Gallery, 0.1

Uncovering the lesser-known artists that shaped suprematism. Come to one of our Gallery Talks and, in a small, expert-led group, dive deeper into work by Malevich's contemporaries, including Olga Rozanova or Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova.

Menlibayeva, Eternal Bride, 2002


8.00 – 8.30 PM, Audi Gallery, 0.1

Beginning in the Middle: Conversations on the Post-Soviet explores the works, lives and travels of artists Umida Akhmedova, Babi Badalov, Saodat Ismailova, Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, Taus Makhacheva, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Furqat Palvan-Zade and Alexander Ugay. 

The conversations delve into questions of art and (de)colonisation in Azerbaijan, Dagestan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, most of which count over thirty years of independence after Soviet occupation. Touching on various notions of the ‘post-’, the publication looks at how to include different voices and contexts into Dutch art institutions.

Elsbeth Dekker is an art historian, legal scholar and PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, Legal Theory and Legal History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Robbie Schweiger is an art historian, scholar of Russian and Eurasian Studies and independent curator. He is a member of the research staff at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.


8.40 - 9.10 PM, Gallery 0.7

In 1958, director Willem Sandberg and art historian Hans Jaffé were able to acquire a collection of paintings, gouaches, drawings, and charts used as teaching aids by Kazimir Malevich, which he had left behind in Berlin in 1927. This was the first acquisition of work by an artist who had only worked in Kyiv, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. The Stedelijk was already familiar with Kandinsky, Lissitzky, and Chagall, who had lived in European cities such as Munich, Berlin, and Paris.

In this lecture, Frank van Lamoen, research associate at the Stedelijk Museum, provides an overview of the art from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine that was on display at the Stedelijk prior to 1927. These were mostly works that were exhibited but not purchased. Frank explains the context and perspectives from which these works were viewed. He thus demonstrates that the history of artworks is incomplete without the history of the subjective attitudes with which they are approached.

'Russische Kunst', image from 1923 exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.


9 - 9.15 pm, Zadelhoff Café

OMFO will provide an intimate musical session tonight. These four letters stand for 'Our Man From Odessa', the stage name of German Popov. He is a collector of traditional instruments that mainly come from the former Soviet republic. Since the late eighties he has lived in Amsterdam where he performs and records music with various bands.


Yesterday Today shows art and design from around 1880 to 1950. With over 300 works, the exhibition shows how a single art history does not exist, but rather it encompasses many perspectives. Well-known artistic movements are discussed, such as the Amsterdam School, Functionalism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, CoBrA and the avant-garde around Kazimir Malevich and Olga Rozanova. By showing well-known works together with lesser-known highlights, other stories can rise to the surface. 

DWARS DOOR HET STEDELIJK – AFTER SIX: SEE FOR YOURSELF is curated by the Education & Inclusion department of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Sedje Hemon. Imran Mir. Abdias Nascimento. Abstracting Parables is curated by Amal Alhaag and Aude Christel Mgba with the support of Zippora Elders, Krista Jantowski and Stedelijk curator Claire van Els, under the artistic direction of Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung for sonsbeek20→24 and Rein Wolfs for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The exhibition is framed within the quadrennial sonsbeek20→24 “Force Times Distance: On Labour and Its Sonic Ecologies”, Arnhem, the Netherlands.

The exhibition is developed in partnership with the Sedje Hémon Foundation, Afro-Brazilian Studies and Research Institute (IPEAFRO) and the Imran Mir Art Foundation.

The exhibition is a joint partnership between Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Stichting Sonsbeek.

Meet the Masters is made possible by MasterCard.
Dwars door het Stedelijk - After Six is made possible in part by Zadelhoff Cultuurfonds.

Previous editions: these people have gone before you

  • Photo: Maarten Nauw
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22 April 2022 – Fabulous Fabrics: Sheila Hicks

DJ & Talk with Eben Badu from The New Originals, Workshop Textile dyeing with Roua ElHalabi, Meet the Masters: Sheila Hicks with Yuki Kho, Neil Fortune, Roua AlHalabi Rosa Smits, Carlijn Kingma and performance by Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, performance lecture of the Feministische Handwerk Partij.

13 May 2022 – Digital Reality: Hito Steyerl

Stewww Sounds with DJ Zoë Janice, host Jennifer Muntslag, Blikopener Speed Tours, Laktastisch Nail Art, solo-performance of Pink Oculus, performance of Jordan Achiano and Iza Awad, Meet the Masters: Hito Steyerl with Manique Hendricks, Iza Awad and Stephanie Pan, metaverse showcase with Shaquille Veldboom and winner kunstbende 2022: Rens Schwering.

  • Photo: Maarten Nauw
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17 June – Colorful Atlantis: Henri Matisse

DJ Covergirl Sunny, mairmaid hair make-over by Pascal of Hier en Dhaar, Meet the Masters: Henri Matisse with Abdelkader Benali, Karmit Fadael, Michelle Amo and Monica Marchesi, performance of La Isla Bonita.

1 July – From Free Heri Heri to El Anatsui

Free Heri Heri For All with KIP Republic, DJ Nathifa, host: Dionne Verwey, live music: Bnnyhunna, performance of Christian Yav, Meet the Masters: El Anatsui with Rein Wolfs, Kenneth Aidoo, Nana Fofie and Olivier van Beemen.

  • Photo: Maarten Nauw
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26 August 2022 – It's our F***ing Backyard

DJ Pokkoehontas, interview Elisa van Joolen, Chihiro Geuzebroek and Raki Ap on climate justice, Meet the Masters of Materials with Mounir Samuel, Basse Stittgen and Joana Schneider, and clothing swap with Lena Library.

  • Photo: Maarten Nauw
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