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Exhibition — Ongoing

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam showcases world-famous works and new discoveries in modern and contemporary art and design. Experience the collection in three parts, based on current themes through the years.

  • Big artwork by El Anatsui
    El Anatsui, 'In the World But Don’t Know the World', 2009. Photo: Peter Tijhuis
  • Work by Esiri Erheriene-Essi
    Esiri Erheriene-Essi, Barricade, 2014
  • Two people look at a work by Jeff Koons
    Jeff Koons, 'Ushering in Banality', 1988. © Jeff Koons, 2007. Photo: Nina Schollaardt
  • Man walks around a tall artwork by Remy Jungerman and looks up
    Remy Jungerman, 'PROMISE IV', 2018–2019. Photo: Nina Schollaardt
  • Fase by Harvey Bouterse
    Harvey Bouterse, '#33', 2018–2020
  • Photo of work by Martine Syms, large in purple on the wall the text 'girl'
    Martine Syms, 'GIRRRLGIRLLLGIRLGIIIRL', 2009. Photo: Nina Schollaardt

Collection 1980 – Now

Tomorrow is a Different Day spotlights art and design from the collection, from 1980 to the present, by international artists and designers who are helping to shape the changes of today and tomorrow. They challenge the status quo and offer alternative perspectives.

With works by El Anatsui, Steve McQueen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Marlene Dumas, Sheila Hicks, Harvey Bouterse, Remy Jungerman, Danielle Dean, and more.

  • Installation view with a man walking past a wall full of protest posters
    Installation view 'Everyday, Someday, and Other Stories. Collection 1950 – 1980'. Photo: Peter Tijhuis
  • Work by Martial Raysse, woman with neon light around lips
    Martial Raysse, 'Peinture a haute tension', 1969
  • White boat with phallus shapes in black space
    Yayoi Kusama, 'Aggregation: One Thousand Boats Show', 1963. Photo: Nina Schollaardt
  • Painting by Jan Telting
    Quintus Jan Telting, 'The Chess player', 1973
  • Woman sits in front of large blue work by Barnett Newmann
    Barnett Newman, 'Cathedra', 1951. Photo: Peter Tijhuis
  • Installation view of gallery with design objects
    Zaalopname 'Everyday, Someday, and Other Stories. Collectie 1950 – 1980'. Photo: Peter Tijhuis

Collection 1950 – 1980

Everyday, Someday and Other Stories, traces the evolution of art and design from the 1950s to the 1980s. Artists and designers show it was an era of new opportunities and progress, of mass culture, pop culture and consumption, and of critiquing the established order. Featuring well-known and less familiar works from the collection, the presentation tells different stories from diverse perspectives, and shines a new light on the Stedelijk collection.

With works by Bertien van Manen, Quintus Jan Telting, Ron Flu, Jan Dibbets, Robert Ryman, Jean Tinguely, Andy Warhol, Corita Kent, and more.

  • Installation view 'Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950'
    Installation view 'Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950'. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij
  • Painting by Jackson Pollock
    Jackson Pollock, 'Reflection of the Big Dipper', 1947
  • Installation view 'Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950'
    Installation view 'Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950'. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij
  • Painting by Charley Toorop
    Charley Toorop, 'Residents of the Willem Arntsz Huis', Utrecht 1924, original artist’s title: 'The Imbeciles'
  • Installation view 'Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950'
    Installation view 'Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950'. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij
  • Chair by Gerrit Rietveld
    Gerrit Rietveld, Berlin Chair, 1923
  • Installation view 'Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950'
    Installation view 'Yesterday Today. Collection until 1950'. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij

Collection until 1950

Yesterday Today shows art and design from around 1880 to 1950. With over 300 works, the exhibition shows how a single art history does not exist, but rather it encompasses many perspectives. Well-known artistic movements are discussed, such as the Amsterdam School, Functionalism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, CoBrA and the avant-garde around Kazimir Malevich and Olga Rozanova. By showing well-known works together with lesser-known highlights, other stories can rise to the surface. 

With works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Jan Ouwersloot, Jan Sluijters, Charley Toorop, Betsy Westendorp-Osieck, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Willem Sandberg, Emmy Andriesse, and others.

Dig Deeper

Audio tour: looking through the eyes of…

Artists, designers or curators share their personal stories of the works on view in each room. The artists and designers tell you why they created the piece, what it means to them, and what they are looking for in their work. The curators talk about what makes a work stand out, and how each piece fits into this new presentation concept.

VIDEOS IN Dutch Sign Language

Watch videos in Dutch Sign Language accompanying artworks in the collection display.

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