Exhibition — 14 Jun until 23 Aug 1997
On the occasion of the European Summit Meeting which will be held in Amsterdam on 16 and 17 June 1997, Museum director Fuchs has selected the work of some 50 artists from 15 European countries.
Because of its long-standing international orientation, the Stedelijk Museum appears to be one of the few museums in Europe where works from all the EU member states can be shown.
It was therefore an easy decision to use the European Summit Meeting as an opportunity to highlight this broad art-collection tradition. Moreover, Rudi Fuchs believes that the visual arts are ideally suited to break through the barrier of classical nationality-minded thinking. In fact, throughout the history of art, formal and stylistic qualities have been of far greater consequence than the nationality of the artist. In this sense, the exhibition in the Stedelijk's rooms can serve as a metaphor for the European idea.
The exhibit consist of different techniques, paintings and glass, industrial design, photographs, drawings, furniture and posters.
Works of the following artists are included: Kounellis (Greece/Italy), Clemente, Joe Colombo, Cucchi, Fabro, Fontana, Manzoni, Merz (Italy), Heerup, Jacobsen, Jorn, Kirkeby, Kjaerholm and Pedersen (Denmark), Buren, Combas, Dubuffet, Klein (France), Hara, Saura, Tapies (Spain), Vieira da Silva (Portugal), Baselitz, Beckmann, Gursky, Förg, Nay (Germany), Davie, Deacon, Gilbert & George, Long (Great Britain), Bacon (Ireland), Brus, Kokoshka (Austria), Alechinsky, Broothaers, Brusselmans, Fabre, Raveel (Belgium), Aarsman, Appel, Brands, Dibbets, Schouten and others (The Netherlands), Kutter (Luxembourg), Derkert and Persson (Sweden) and from Finland Aalto, Franck and Wirkkala.