Events — 27 May 2016

In honor of the opening of the exhibition Excitement - An exhibition by Rudi Fuchs and on the occasion of the Amsterdam Art Fair, former director of the Stedelijk Museum Rudi Fuchs (director from 1993 until 2003), and Head of Collections Bart Rutten (Stedelijk Museum) will have a conversation on collections. 

Museum entrance ticket (free under 19 and with Museumkaart)
Stedelijk Museum, entrance Lower Level Galleries
27 May, 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM
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RSVP: Not necessary

They discuss the following questions: What choices were made by Rudi Fuchs? How have these choices led to different clusters in the collection? Did he break with traditional approaches to collecting? And what about today: what are the current attitudes of museums towardstheir collection policy? The conversation will be moderated by Head of Education, Interpretation and Publications Margriet Schavemaker (Stedelijk Museum).


7.30 to 7.45 welcome by Margriet Schavemaker
7.45 to 8.15 meeting between Rudi Fuchs and Bart Rutten
8.15 to 8.30 questions, moderation: Margriet Schavemaker


Bart Rutten is Head of Collections at the Stedelijk Museum and curator of the exhibition Excitement - An exhibition by Rudi Fuchs. Bart worked since 2008 at the Stedelijk Museum, where he started as Curator of Visual Arts. He was responsible for the collection display and the major Malevich exhibition in 2013. Since early 2015 he has been Head of Collections and therefore responsible for the conservation and management of the collection, depot, restoration studios and the acquisition policy of the museum.

Rudi Fuchs reflects with the exhibition Excitement upon his time as museum director at the Stedelijk (1993-2003) and other Dutch museums. For the Stedelijk Museum he acquired mainly German, Southern European art and minimal art. Because of his work at the Stedelijk, but also for other museums (Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Gemeentemuseum inThe Hague), he has made a great contribution to the Dutch state art collection. The exhibition features masterpieces of his acquisitions including works by Georg Baselitz, Jan Dibbets, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George and Damien Hirst.

After an academic career at the University of Amsterdam Margriet Schavemaker started working at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 2009. Currently, she holds the position of Manager of Education, Interpretation and Publications. She writes on contemporary art and theory, organizes lectures and debates (eg Facing Forward Art and Theory from a Future Perspective (2011-2102).) And organizes exhibitions in which history and archival research play an important role (eg ZERO: Let Us Explore the Stars in 2015 and Jean Tinguely in 2016).