painting Felix de Rooy

Events — 13 May 2023

Each month, the Meet the Masters program introduces you to the work of one central influential artist. In this edition, we’re exploring the work of Felix de Rooy. On this Saturday we look at his work through the eyes of other makers, from different disciplines: from music and literature back to the visual arts. 

Meet the Masters: Standaard: € 9,95 (incl. admission to the museum) – Reduced rate: € 3 (students, CJP, Vrienden, Museumkaart, Stadspas, ICOM or other valid entrance ticket) – Children (18 and under): Free
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
13 May, 2.30 pm until 5.30 pm
Main language
Mainly Dutch


Overview exhibition of Felix de Rooy (1952), a Dutch artist of Surinamese-Curaçao origin who has been working in the Netherlands since the 1970s. De Rooy investigates the deposition of the colonized people and questions how this subject relates to itself and society. In his work, De Rooy does not conform to a particular style, but processes symbols, traditions and stories into new images. The exhibition focuses on the various domains in which the artist works and shows his sources of inspiration. Way ahead of his time, De Rooy researched topics that are still relevant today, including the impact of the colonial past, everyday racism and the significance of Afro-Caribbean and queer identities in art.

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Collage of two works by Felix de Rooy
Felix de Rooy and Kirk Claes, 'Madonna', 2012, (left). Felix de Rooy, 'Rebirth', 1985, loan Steven Sikkens, Amsterdam (right). Courtesy of the artist.


2.30 p.m. – 3.20 pm
Meet the Masters: General Idea (NL)
By: Mirthe Frese                                  
2.30 – 5 p.m.
Every hour
Speed Tours by Blikopeners about General 'General Idea'  (NL/EN)  
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Intro lecture: 'General Idea' (NL/EN)
Audi Gallery, 0.1  
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Zadelhoff Café open for drinks 
3.45 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.
Gallery Talks by Experts (NL/EN) 
4.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Gallery Talks by Experts (NL/EN) 
6 p.m.
Museum closes
photo of Blikopener speedtour
Blikopener speedtour. Photo: Maarten Nauw

Program in detail


12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., sign up and start at the Information Desk in the Entrance Hall. Please note: capacity is limited.

Join a speed tour of the exhibition given by the Blikopeners, young Amsterdam residents passionate about art and culture. Discover the highlights in 20 minutes.


2.30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Entrance Hall

More information about this workshop online soon.

photo of two people at a table during a Meet The Masters Workshop
Meet The Masters Workshop. Photo: Maarten Nauw
photo of speakers and audience at meet the masters
Meet the masters. Photo: Maarten nauw


3.45 - 4.15 & 4.30 -5.00 pm, sign up and start at the Info Desk in the Entrance Hall. Please note: capacity is limited. 

Join one of our Gallery Talks and, in a small group setting, dive deeper into the work of General Idea. Speakers will be announced soon.


NL: 2.00 p.m. - 2.15 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. - 3.45 p.m. Audi Gallery, 0.1
EN: 2.45 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. and 4.15 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Get the most out of your visit to the General Idea exhibition by joining a 15-minute intro lecture. 

  • photo of people participating in a meet the masters workshop
    Meet The Masters Workshop. Photo: Maarten Nauw
  • photo of the audience during a meet the masters lecture
    Meet the Masters. Photo: Maarten Nauw

Upcoming Editions

24 March 2023 | Meet the Masters: Rainbow Soulclub | Start 6.30 pm

This edition takes place on Friday evening and is the festive finale of the annual week around the Gerrit Rietveld Academy's Rietveld Uncut exhibition. This year's theme is Refuge - fleeing, flowing, leaking.
During the talk, the collective Rainbow Soulclub will be present live. After a short plenary programme, they will give Free Advice talks on the rugs they made together with Rietveld students for Rietveld Uncut.

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10 June 2023 | Meet The Masters: General Idea | Start 2.30 pm

Each month, the Meet the Masters program introduces you to the work of one central influential artist. In this edition, we’re exploring the work of artist group General Idea. With their popular visual language and their inventive use of mass media, General Idea pioneered ‘creative activism’. Many of the issues they addressed are still relevant today. During this Saturday talk, we will look at their through the eyes of contemporary makers from various disciplines. Afterward, you can enjoy a Blikopeners Speed Tour, a Gallery Talk with an expert, or the workshop, and relax with a drink in the Zadelhoff Café.

installation view of work by General Idea, silver ballons floating above white lights
General Idea, Magi© Bullet & Magi© Carpet, 1992, coll. Hartwig Art Foundation.

CREDITS: With thanks to MasterCard and Zadelhoff Cultuurfonds

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