Exhibition — 30 Mar until 12 Aug 2018
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents Forever Young?, an exhibition that explores the relationship between photography and transience, from 30 March to 12 August. Spread out over five galleries, the presentation spotlights photographs that portray impermanence, and those that are themselves showing signs of age. The exhibition also looks at photography that plays with the suggestion of ageing, and artworks in which the combination of photography and other media can create conservation issues.
The museum treats photographic objects in particular with extreme care, especially in the case of color photography, and artworks that combine photography with other materials. Despite being stored in carefully controlled conditions, early color photographs specifically have a tendency to redden over time, and the separate components in mixed media works sometimes age at different rates. Restoration is possible but only to a limited degree, and new digital editing and printing techniques can replace older analogue prints. However, these possibilities raise questions and dilemmas for everyone involved.
Forever Young? Impermanence in photography includes work by:
Hans Aarsman (NL, 1951), Ania Bien (PL, 1946), Koos Breukel (NL, 1962), Ria van Dijk (NL, 1920), Rineke Dijkstra (NL, 1959), Ger van Elk (NL 1941-2014), Gerard Fieret (NL, 1924 – 2009), Émeric Lhuisset (FR, 1983), Tracey Moffatt (AU, 1960), Wijnanda Deroo (NL, 1955), Harry Sengers (NL, 1948), Johannes Schwartz (DE, 1970) and Berend Strik (NL, 1960).
On 5 and 6 April, the Stedelijk Museum will hold a two-day scholarly symposium ‘The Materiality of Photographs’, for curators, conservators and other interested parties. The results of the Science4Art research project, initiated in 2012 by the University of Leiden, will be presented in the form of papers, panel discussions and a viewing of the exhibition.
The exhibition is part of a new, long-term research programme, STEDELIJK TURNS, in which the museum approaches, interprets and presents its collection in an experimental way.