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Exhibition — from 31 May 2021

The Stedelijk Museum presents a large-scale overview of the American artist Bruce Nauman (1941) in collaboration with Tate Modern. This exhibition spans a period of more than fifty years and is the first large-scale retrospective of Bruce Nauman in the Netherlands.

Throughout his career, Nauman has relentlessly challenged the possibilities of what art may be, and directly confronts viewers with their own physical and mental presence. The exhibition is a non-chronological journey through Nauman’s multifaceted oeuvre, and allows visitors to experience his sculptures, neon works, films, video works, sound recordings, text and works on paper, highlighting themes the artist endlessly revisits. Nauman’s work has been extensively collected in the Netherlands, and the exhibition at the Stedelijk will be supplemented with work by the artist from Dutch collections. 

Bruce Nauman, 'Seven Figures', 1985. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Bruce Nauman, 'Seven Figures', 1985. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The exhibition Bruce Nauman is organized by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Tate Modern, London in collaboration with Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan.

Curated by Leontine Coelewij, Curator Contemporary Art, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, former Curator Contemporary Art Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Andrea Lissoni, former Senior Curator (International Art), Film, Tate Modern, Nicholas Serota, former Director Tate and Katy Wan, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Fonds21, the Blockbuster Fonds, Turing Foundation, the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte and benefactors of the Stedelijk Museum Fonds.