Exhibition — Ongoing
STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation of iconic works from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum. It occupies the entire lower level of the museum and features a selection of 400 pieces grouped around historic movements, social themes, and influential artists. The display begins with STEDELIJK BASE in the ABN AMRO Gallery including works by seminal figures such as Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Gerrit Rietveld, Nola Hatterman, Charley Toorop, Barnett Newman, Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko. Next, visitors can take the escalator to the VandenEnde Foundation Gallery, where the extraordinary installation Untitled (Past, Present, Future) by Barbara Kruger is on view. Ranging from the origins of abstraction and industrial design in the late 19th century to socially engaged painting, STEDELIJK BASE is a perfect introduction to the history of modern art and design.
ART AND DESIGN
STEDELIJK BASE is the first-ever major, integrated presentation of art and design in the history of the museum. All media are considered equally important, and are also in dialogue with each other. The result is a diverse combination of paintings, furniture, jewelry, sculptures, everyday objects, accessories, photography, drawings, installations, video art, posters, and interiors. The dialogue between them illuminates common threads that inspired the emergence of these various art forms (such as De Stijl and Bauhaus) while also eliciting new connections.
Stedelijk opens its doors to the future
STEDELIJK BASE is the finale of the museum’s revised spatial design; the building now has a clearer layout, and 70 percent of the museum’s space is devoted to the collection. On the first floor of the historic building, Tomorrow is a Different Day, the collection presentation from 1980-now, presents a changing program of collection displays, each showcasing new perspectives, research, and topical themes.
All told, the concept is a fresh, accessible way to discover art and design from 1880 to the present. Engaging and unorthodox, the display epitomizes the Stedelijk's tradition of bold, experimental presentations. The design and curation of the exhibition are intelligent and thought-provoking, yet not discriminative; it'll appeal to millennial Instagrammers and intellectuals alike. From my own perspective, it is how I want a museum to be.
HOW TO NAVIGATE STEDELIJK BASE
Visitors to STEDELIJK BASE can begin in the lower level gallery, which presents a survey of developments in art and design from the late 19th century up to 1980. Next, visitors can take the escalator to the upper floor. There the exhibition continues with an immersive installation by Barbara Kruger. In the historical wing on the first floor you can find the collection presentation with art and de sign from the 1980s to the present day.
Everything is shown in a mix, looking is googling.
PLACE FOR EXPERIMENTATION
The Stedelijk Museum has always been a place for experimentation: from Vincent van Gogh’s debut solo exhibition in the Netherlands in 1905 to 365 days of live art during Tino Sehgal’s A Year at the Stedelijk in 2015, from the space-age fashion show featuring experimental jewelry by Emmy van Leersum and Gijs Bakker in 1967 to table tennis on Museum Square with Rirkrit Tiravanija in 2016, and much, much more. In all of its exhibitions and acquisitions, the Stedelijk has always embraced experimentation, playfulness, and challenging art and exhibition practices.
The museum’s history is presented with a time line in the entrance area to STEDELIJK BASE. Key exhibitions such as Cobra (1949), Bewogen beweging(1961), Dylaby (1962), Perspectief op textiel (1969), Op losse schroeven: situaties en cryptostructuren (1969), and Horn of Plenty (1989), which left their distinctive mark on the collection, are also highlighted in STEDELIJK BASE.
What opulence. Only museums such as the Stedelijk or MoMA can show the harvest of a century with so much panache and so many highlights.
LET ME BE YOUR GUIDE
The launch of STEDELIJK BASE is accompanied by the publication of a new pocket-sized book about the collection, Let Me Be Your Guide. The guide, available in English and Dutch, shares insights into the wonderful, astonishing and, in some cases, relatively unknown artworks, and also tells of the museum’s tumultuous history. This practical publication provides a chronological survey of one hundred works from the Stedelijk collection, together with ten essays for visitors who are interested in digging deeper into the changes that have taken place in art over the last one hundred and fifty years. more info
You can grab a free audio tour at the entrance when you visit STEDELIJK BASE. It features a number of in-depth commentaries by various curators, several of the Stedelijk Blikopeners (our youngest employees), and Rem Koolhaas. Available in six languages, the audio tour is offered free of charge. Tip: It’s a good idea to keep the audio tour with you for the duration of your visit, because it includes stops on every floor.
GUIDED TOURS (groups)
Join a guided tour of STEDELIJK BASE, the Stedelijk Museum’s new, permanent installation of works from the collection. This is the ideal introduction for anyone who would like to become more closely acquainted with modern art and design, and also a great opportunity for art lovers to discover well-known Stedelijk icons in a new context. The guide will help you to look more closely and spot connections between the artworks, made easier because they are displayed in a space articulated by freestanding walls. The traditional museum experience has been transformed from a succession of galleries into an almost urban environment in which a new discovery is waiting around every corner.
WhatsApp Scavenger Hunt
In this treasure hunt families can receive clues through Whatsapp to go on a scavenger hunt through STEDELIJK BASE! So, who can spot the dancing lady? And where exactly is that mysterious bird hiding? It takes some detective skills to spot the funny details in the most beautiful works of art. So let's get cracking! This treasure hunt is free of charge and you can involve your whole family. However, we do ask you to book your free ticket, so we know you're coming.
Pick up a Family Trail for free at the Info Desk and discover four amazing art works from our collection. The Family Trail asks you to use your eyes, ears, and nose to find the artworks and challenges you with fun activities. Don’t worry about getting bored – there are plenty of different Family Trails to discover. There are Trails about The Beanery, Cathedra by Barnett Newman , Karel Appel's De Appelbar and the Harrenstein bedroom by Gerrit Rietveld. Available in Dutch and English.
The Stedelijk offers an extensive education program whereby students receive an introduction to the iconic works in the museum’s collection. The art of asking questions is relevant to the creative, inquiring, and critical attitude required of high school and college students in the modern academic environment.
Our programs stimulate creative viewing, inquiry-based learning, and critical thinking. These class museum visits are all about experiencing art and artistic research in an authentic and active way. We also offer in-depth courses to senior students through our special examination training programs. More info
The building’s revitalized layout and collection presentation format are based on the vision of Beatrix Ruf and realized by the team of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
The exhibition display for STEDELIJK BASE is designed by AMO / Rem Koolhaas with Federico Martelli. Special thanks for the generous support of our partners Stedelijk Museum Fonds, Tata Steel Netherlands, ProWinko ProArt and VriendenLoterij.
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