Exhibition — 29 Feb until 9 Aug 2020

The Stedelijk pays an unusual tribute to Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen (The Hague, 1942) an icon of contemporary photography. Although her work has been collected for decades by museums like the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, this will be the first major survey of her oeuvre in the world.

The work of Bertien van Manen is well represented in the Stedelijk collection. It is a highly autobiographical visual diary, in which she mirrors, examines and rediscovers her life in different ways, in those of others. Many of her series are long running projects for which she revisits places and people and develops close relationships with communities throughout the world. In close liaison with Van Manen, the exhibition will combine each of her series with the work of another photographer, fourteen in total, including Nan Goldin, Boris Mikhailov and Rineke Dijkstra. This offers a counterpoint to Van Manen’s work, providing it with a broader context, emphasis, contrast or counterbalance.

Bertien van Manen, 'Eva, Sasha and Alosha'. Shachunia, 1993
Bertien van Manen, 'Eva, Sasha and Alosha'. Shachunia, 1993
Bertien van Manen, 'Tao in her Dormitory - Fudan University', Shanghai, 1998
Bertien van Manen, 'Tao in her Dormitory - Fudan University', Shanghai, 1998
Boris Mikhailov, 'Charkov', 1998
Boris Mikhailov, 'Charkov', 1998