Exhibition — 22 Sep 2018 until 3 Mar 2019

Survey exhibition of works of art donated and purchased between 2012 and 2018. The presentation includes around 40 works that have never previously been shown in the museum.
  • Ed Atkins, Cur, 2010, video, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.  Gift of the artist and CABINET Gallery, 2015
    Ed Atkins, Cur, 2010, video, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Gift of the artist and CABINET Gallery, 2015
  • Erik van Lieshout, True Luxury is not to Shop (Echte luxe is niets kopen), 2015, mixed media, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Gift of Erik van Lieshout, Rotterdam, 2016. Photo: installation view ‘The Bottom Line', SMAK Ghent, 2015
    Erik van Lieshout, True Luxury is not to Shop (Echte luxe is niets kopen), 2015, mixed media, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Gift of Erik van Lieshout, Rotterdam, 2016. Photo: installation view ‘The Bottom Line', SMAK Ghent, 2015
  • Tony Oursler, Pinned, 1996, installation with video projection, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Gift of Helen van der Meij-Tcheng, Londen/Amsterdam, 2015
    Tony Oursler, Pinned, 1996, installation with video projection, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Gift of Helen van der Meij-Tcheng, Londen/Amsterdam, 2015
  • Magali Reus, Parking (Retainer), 2014. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Acquired with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund, 2015.  © Stefan Altenburger. Courtesy Magali Reus and The Approach, London.
    Magali Reus, Parking (Retainer), 2014. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Acquired with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund, 2015. © Stefan Altenburger. Courtesy Magali Reus and The Approach, London.
  • Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick, Hybrids, 2010-2011, gelatin silver print, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Gift of Maurice van Valen, Eindhoven, 2014-2018
    Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick, Hybrids, 2010-2011, gelatin silver print, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Gift of Maurice van Valen, Eindhoven, 2014-2018

Films, videos, installations, paintings, sculptures and works on paper are featured, by artists like Bell & Frick, General Idea, Magali Reus, Erik van Lieshout, Arthur Jafa, Tony Oursler, Ed Atkins, Meschac Gaba, Helen Marten, Han Schuil, and Fiona Tan. Almost a third of the selected pieces were gifted by artists, private collectors, and international and Dutch galleries.

With this exhibition, the museum underlines the increasing importance of private donations to the collection. The Stedelijk has traditionally received large numbers of artworks gifted by artists. Many of the purchased pieces were possible thanks to the generosity of funds such as the Rembrandt Association, Mondriaan Fund, BankGiro Loterij, Young Stedelijk and Stedelijk Circle. Some of the works were purchased jointly with fellow institutions in the Netherlands and beyond, a phenomenon that is gaining in popularity, as is the increasing number of collegial loans. The Stedelijk’s new acquisition of Imitation of Life (35 mm film, 2013) by Mathias Poledna, for example, goes on view for the first time in a presentation at the Centraal Museum, Utrecht in September.

The title of the exhibition at the Stedelijk is taken from the installation Echte luxe is niets kopen / True Luxury is Not to Shop by the Dutch artist Erik van Lieshout, who gifted the work to the museum in 2016. It is an ironic reference to the reality that, in a time of shrinking museum budgets and skyrocketing prices on the international art market, collections rely on magnanimous donors to expand their holdings. Although the exhibition spotlights recent acquisitions, several clear thematic threads leap out, such as an engagement with new technology, digital culture and the repercussions of globalization. Among the show’s highpoints is the space-filling installation by Erik van Lieshout, the imposing video installations of Arthur Jafa and the donation of the archive of the former Canadian artist collective General Idea, including their graphic work, mail art, multiples, invitations and publications.

The exhibition is curated by Beatrice von Bormann, Leontine Coelewij and Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen.

Han Schuil, Blast VII, 2010, paint on aluminium, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam,  gift of Adriaan van Ravesteijn, in honour of the 80th birthday of Geert van Beijeren (1933-2005), 2013
Han Schuil, Blast VII, 2010, paint on aluminium, collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, gift of Adriaan van Ravesteijn, in honour of the 80th birthday of Geert van Beijeren (1933-2005), 2013