Exhibition — until 7 August 2022

STEDELIJK BASE – Collection before 1950 shows highlights in art and design from 1880 to 1950. 

The collection from 1950 to 1980 is on view in Everyday, Someday and Other Stories. The collection 1980–now in Tomorrow is a Different Day.

  • Installation view STEDELIJK BASE, Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.
    Installation view STEDELIJK BASE, Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.
  • Installation view STEDELIJK BASE, Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.
    Installation view STEDELIJK BASE, Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.
  • Installation view STEDELIJK BASE, Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.
    Installation view STEDELIJK BASE, Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.
  • Installation view STEDELIJK BASE, Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.
    Installation view STEDELIJK BASE, Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.

STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation of iconic works from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum. It occupies half of the lower level of the museum and features a selection of 200 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 and Charley Toorop. 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 CoBrA, STEDELIJK BASE is a perfect introduction to the history of modern art and design.

  • Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
    Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
  • Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
    Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
  • Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
    Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
  • Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
    Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
  • Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
    Barbara Kruger, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Stedelijk opens its doors to the future

— De Volkskrant

REVISED LAYOUT

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.

— Peter Copping, Architectural Digest
Kazimir Malevich, Theo van Doesburg and Karel Appel, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Kazimir Malevich, Theo van Doesburg and Karel Appel, installation view The collection, STEDELIJK BASE. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

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 1950. 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. From February 19, the new presentation of art from 1950- 1980 will be on view: Everyday, Someday and Other stories. Collection 1950-1980. Later this year, the collection 1895-1950 in the historical galleries of the museum on the ground floor will open.

Everything is shown in a mix, looking is googling.

— NRC

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.

— De Standaard

LET ME BE YOUR GUIDE

This pocket-sized book about the collection, Let Me Be Your 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

AUDIO TOUR

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.
Book (groups)

Families

Family trail 

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.

Education

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

Photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron
Photo: Tomek Dersu Aaron

Credits

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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