Exhibition — Jul 20, 2014 until Jan 10, 2015

A unique, largescale survey of the works assembled by Amsterdam collectors Martijn en Jeannette Sanders. With work by a.o. David Claerbout, Gilbert & George, Anton Henning, Anselm Kiefer, Cindy Sherman, Tjebbe Beekman, Gregory Crewdson, Günther Förg, Johan Grimonprez, Markus Lüpertz, Aernout Mik, Ronald Ophuis en Marijke van Warmerdam.

The Sanders Collection is one of the most important private collections in the Netherlands and contains a diverse array of several hundred paintings, sculptures, assemblages, photos, drawings, text-based artworks, films, videos, and installations by over 350 mostly European and American artists.

The title of the exhibition, BAD THOUGHTS, is derived from a photo work by Gilbert & George. It’s a light-hearted comment on the adventure of private art collecting, as well as the interest in the darker side of the human psyche, evident in many of the works in the Sanders Collection.

Martijn and Jeannette Sanders began collecting art in the 1970s. Unlike many private collections, the Sanders Collection is notable for featuring a significant group of “core artists” whose work is represented in great depth, including Ger van Elk, Gilbert & George, Anselm Kiefer, Cindy Sherman, David Claerbout, Thomas Demand, and Anton Henning. The collection also holds a substantial body of conceptual art and “narrative art” of the 1970s, and German painting of the 1970s and 1980s (Lüpertz, Penck, and Baselitz). For the Sanders, collecting art is both a personal matter and an intuitive process. It is their way of life, and their collection reads as a journal.

The exhibition BAD THOUGHTS is dedicated to Adriaan van Ravesteijn and Geert van Beijeren of Art & Project (1968-2001), with whom the Sanders developed a long term friendship.

The presentation will occupy the spacious lower-level gallery in the new wing, in a special architectural configuration designed by Florian Idenburg of SO-IL architects (New York), who has been shortlisted for the Prix de Rome 2014.

New work

From the end of October, the exhibition BAD THOUGHTS – Collection Martijn and Jeannette Sanders will present new work, by Tjebbe Beekman, Gregory Crewdson, Günther Förg, Johan Grimonprez, Markus Lüpertz, Aernout Mik, Ronald Ophuis and Marijke van Warmerdam.

Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, curator of the exhibition: “These Amsterdam collectors have amassed one of the most important private art collections in the Netherlands. The collection is so vast that, even in our spacious lower-level galleries, we can only show part of it. By re-hanging the galleries with new work, visitors will be able to experience a substantial number of new groups from the collection. This new selection features work by Dutch painters and several significant video installations acquired by the Sanders in recent years.” 

Public Program

stedelijk|gallery talks, Aug – Nov 2014
Bad Thoughts with …
Language: Dutch
Location:  Exhibition galleries
- Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen (curator Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Aug 29
- Carel Blotkamp (art historian and emeritus professor), Sept 12
- Joop van Caldenborgh (private collector of contemporary art), Oct 4
- Alexander Strengers (chairman of the art committee  De Nederlandsche Bank) Oct 10

Bad Thoughts - short documentary

Martijn and Jeanette talk about their collection and the meaning it has for them on a short two-pieced documentary for ARTtube. Befriended artists like Anton Henning and Gilbert & George talk about the phenomenon of the private collector and their relationship with the couple.


The publication Bad Thoughts – Collection Martijn and Jeannette Sanders accompanies the exhibition. Available in Dutch and English, it will be approximately 70 pages in length. It includes a foreword written by Beatrix Ruf, and an introduction by Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, who also interviewed Martijn and Jeannette Sanders. It also features six statements from Anselm Kiefer, Armando, Frank Van den Broeck, Anton Henning, and others.

Artists in BAD THOUGHTS 

Mac Adams
Jean le Gac
Juan Munoz
John Ahearn
Giulio Galan
Gabriel Orozco
Gilbert & George
Marc Quinn
David Askevold
Johan Grimonprez
Gregory Crewdson
Georg Baselitz
Douglas Gordon
Walter Robinson
Bill Beckley
Keith Haring
Allen Ruppersberg
Rita McBride
Anton Henning
A.R. Penck
Frank Van den Broeck
Teresa Hubbard
Sandro Chia
Alexander Birchler
Thomas Schütte
David Claerbout
Douglas Huebler
Andres Serrano
Francesco Clemente
Peter Hutchinson
Cindy Sherman
George Condo
Anselm Kiefer
Hito Steyerl
Enzo Cucchi
Martin Kippenberger
Peter Struycken
Robert Cumming
Jan Knap
William Wegman
Thomas Demand
Guillermo Kuitca
Maja Weyermann
Jiři Georg Dokupil
Alexandra Leykauf
Christopher Wool
Ger van Elk
Robert Longo
Ed van der Elsken
Gordon Matta-Clark



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