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Events — Sep 23, 2022

The Bathtub celebrates its 10th anniversary! This anniversary weekend kicks off with a Grand Opening, right across the museum. After closing time, the doors of the Stedelijk will open for the start of a long weekend of stimulating performances, the world-famous collection now on display in a completely new way, with DJs, performances, tours, lectures, workshops and much more. 

Standard: € 9,95* – Reduced: € 7,50* (Students, CJP, Vrienden, Museumcard, Stadspas, ICOM or other valid museum ticket) – under 18: free
Schiphol Entrance, Teijin Auditorium, Audi Gallery, Paulus Potter Entrance
Sep 23, 2022, 6 pm until 10 pm
Main language
English and Dutch
This event is sold out

At 5:00 p.m., the Stedelijk's Schiphol Entrance Hall will feature a preview of this special weekend with a performance by Michele Rizzo.  

From 6 pm the official Grand Opening starts, this event is sold out.

The Grand Opening will start with speeches from Mayor Femke Halsema and Director Rein Wolfs who will officially open this weekend.  Afterwards there is funky music of Arp Frique & Family and DJ Joost van Bellen will take over. During a special Meet the Masters edition, architect Mels Crouwel will tell you all about his idea behind the Bathtub. There will also be speed tours of the Stedelijk's new collection display and architecture, as well as various interactive workshops, drinks & bites.

Photo during performance Michele Rizzo, HIGHER XTN. 2019
Michele Rizzo, HIGHER xtn. 2019. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Maarten Nauw


5 pm – 5.35 pm
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Julidans, the international festival for contemporary dance, proudly present Michele Rizzo’s HIGHER xtn. A performance piece acquired by the Stedelijk in 2019 via the Municipal Art Acquisitions. HIGHER xtn. will be presented in the entry hall of the Stedelijk’s new building—endearingly referred to as “the bathtub”—on the occasion of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Stedelijk’s re-opening.

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Program Grand Opening

6 pm
Walk-in: drinks and DJ Joost van Bellen
6 pm – 9 pm
7 pm
Welcome: Jennifer Muntslag
Opening speech by Mayor Femke Halsema and Rein Wolfs, director of the Stedelijk
7.20 pm – 7.50 pm
Music: Arp Frique & Family
Exhibitions: new collection presentation

Speed Tours: collection presentation and architecture (NL/EN). Start at 7.30/8.00/8:30 pm

Workshop: Love, Matisse (NL/EN)
8 pm – 9 pm
Meet the Masters: Mels Crouwel (NL)
8 pm – 9 pm
DJ Joost van Bellen
9 – 9.30 pm
Music: Arp Frique & Family
10 pm
Museum closes
Jackson Pollock, Reflection of the Big Dipper, 1947, oil on canvas
Jackson Pollock, Reflection of the Big Dipper, 1947, verf op doek. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, schenking Peggy Guggenheim, 1950.

Program in detail


The collection of the Stedelijk has been redesigned; arranged in three parts and arranged in a thematic way, featuring works by international artists and designers who resist the status quo and offer different perspectives. Since the beginning of September, the third part is open: Yesterday Today. The third and final part of the new collection presentation showcases some of the ways in which artists and designers both reacted to and represented the period 1860-1945, when industrialization, colonialism, two world wars and a tempestuous interbellum era wrought havoc. The presentation spotlights the vital role of female creatives, and the history of the museum as institution. Less familiar works are shown alongside famous pieces in the collection, and new stories are told.

Speed tours (NL/EN*)

Start at 7.30/8.00/8.30 pm in the Audi Gallery

Join one of the 20-minute speed tours. Choose from one of the following themes:
- Tomorrow is a Different Day. Collection 1980-now
- Everyday, Someday and Other Stories. Collection 1950-1980
- Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950
- the architecture of the Stedelijk

Sign up at the info desk in the Entrance area, but please note: first come, first serve!

*Depending on group composition, the tour will be held in English or Dutch

  • Portrait photo of Joost van Bellen
    Joost van Bellen. Photo: Raymond van Mil
  • Mels Crouwel in front of a sketch of 'the Badkuip'
    Mels Crouwel. Photo: Ernst van Deursen
  • Arp Frique & Family
    Arp Frique & Family. Photo: Joël Hempenius
  • Portrait image of Mayor Femke Halsema
    Mayor Femke Halsema
  • Smiling people at Meet the Masters during Dwars door het Stedelijk – After Six
    Meet the Masters. Photo: Maarten Nauw


6 pm – 7 pm, 8 pm – 9 pm, Schiphol Entrance

Ain’t no party like a Joost van Bellen-party! Joost is a DJ and party organizer. He was one of the founders of house music in the Netherlands and was a resident DJ and artistic director at the RoXY in Amsterdam. He initiated parties such as Speedfreax and RAUW, as well as many 90's acid parties such as the Oud Hollandsch Acid Feest (OHAF), Fucque les Balles, and Original Warehouse Acid Party (OWAP). His book Nachtdier (Nocturnal animal) was published in 2021, a humorous novel about the night in all its glory and darkness. Joost is currently writing his next book.


8 pm – 9 pm, Teijin Auditorium

You don't have to be an expert to enjoy art. During the monthly Meet the Masters-program you will be introduced to the work of one influential maker. This edition we speak to Stedelijk-architect Mels Crouwel and look at his work through the eyes of various guests. For example, what should you keep in mind when designing a new building for a museum? This program is composed and presented by Mirthe Frese.

Mels Crouwel

Mels Crouwel graduated from the Technical University of Delft in 1978. Together with Jan Benthem, he founded the architectural firm Benthem Crouwel Architekten. The firm focuses particularly on sustainable and innovative architecture, for which it won the Benelux Aluminium Prize and the National Steel Prize in 2010. Benthem Crouwel also works as the chief architect for Schiphol Airport, the Amsterdam Rai, the Ziggo Dome, the Noord-Zuid line, and the Deutsches Bergbau museum, for which it won many prizes in 2009. The office started in 2004 with the design for the extension of the Stedelijk Museum; the iconic building on the Museumplein was completed in 2012.

Indira van ’t Klooster

Indira van ’t Klooster has been director of Architecture Center Amsterdam (ARCAM) since 2019. She was previously editor-in-chief of the European architecture magazine A10 new European architecture. At Architectuur Lokaal she was partly responsible for the professionalization of local spatial planning and culture administrators. She also coordinated national building networks for, among others, young developers and designers, city architects and local architecture centers. She wrote several architecture books, of which Reactivate! Responsive Innovators of Dutch Architecture is the best-known.

Navid Nuur

Navid Nuur lives and works in The Hague. He started out as a graphic designer and illustrator, but around ten years ago decided to move into autonomous work, and quickly became a rising star in the international art world. He has had one-man shows at the Marta Herford Museum in Herford, Germany, at Centre Pompidou in Paris, Parasol Unit in London and the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. Nuur has received the Volkskrant Art Prize (2010), the Charlotte Köhler Prize (2010), the Royal Award for Modern Painting (2011) and the Discoveries Prize at Art Basel in Hong Kong (2013) for his work.

Laura van Dolron

Theatre maker Laura van Dolron has created her own genre: stand-up philosophy. Together with the audience, she seeks the beautiful and searches for how to improve the self and the world around us. Laura uses theatre as a place where she can be sincere because there is enough play pretend in the real world already. Laura brings people comfort, but also confronts her audience through her words. She wants to make them laugh and think at the same time and she shows how vulnerability can be a necessity in this world.

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.


7.20 pm – 7.50 pm and 9 pm – 9.30 pm, Schiphol Entrance

The live performances of Arp Frique & Family have become synonymous with dance guarantee. Niels Nieuborg aka Arp Frique has been building his funky universe for years. He already has several releases to his name. He debuted with the danceable Welcome To The Colorful World of Arp Frique and soon followed it up with Radio Verde: a compilation album full of NYC-style disco vibes and Cape Verdean dance floor pearls.

Henri Matisse, 'La Perruche et la sirène', 1952-1953.
Henri Matisse, 'La Perruche et la sirène', 1952-1953. Photo: Peter Tijhuis.



Step back in time and let yourself be captured on the sensitive plate!



Henri Matisse's iconic work La Perruche et la Sirène can be seen until the end of 2022 in the Stedelijk. Using only paper, scissors, glue and above all his imagination, Henri Matisse created a beautiful oasis in all the colors of the rainbow. Join us, have a go at it yourself, and cheer someone up with a happy postcard!  


It's finally here again: the Stedelijk Library is having a book sale! After a few years of enforced silence, the oh-so-popular book sale is finally back in the Stedelijk Library during the 10 year Bathtub anniversary celebrations. Come and browse through the selection of duplicate and/or non-collection (art) books, catalogs and magazines. After three years of no sales, the stock is enormous! Beautiful, sometimes brand new publications for very low prices, often under € 10.

The sale takes place in the reading room of the library, located under the museum store. Payment can be made with pin or cash and it is advised to bring your own bag.

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Meet the Masters is made possible by MasterCard

  • Photo during performance Michele Rizzo, HIGHER XTN. 2019
    Michele Rizzo, HIGHER xtn. 2019. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Maarten Nauw
  • Photo during performance Michele Rizzo, HIGHER XTN. 2019
    Michele Rizzo, HIGHER xtn. 2019. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Maarten Nauw
  • Photo during performance Michele Rizzo, HIGHER XTN. 2019
    Michele Rizzo, HIGHER xtn. 2019. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Maarten Nauw
  • Photo during performance Michele Rizzo, HIGHER XTN. 2019
    Michele Rizzo, HIGHER xtn. 2019. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Maarten Nauw