News — 8 Mar 2021

Ulay, S'he, 1973-74. Courtesy Ulay Foundation
Ulay, S'he, 1973-74. Courtesy Ulay Foundation

ULAY WAS HERE 

Extended through 30 May 2021

The Stedelijk presents the largest solo exhibition by the German artist Ulay (1943-2020). His long-term collaboration with his then partner Marina Abramović is world famous: together they founded performance art. The exhibition reveals the radical and profound solo oeuvre that Ulay created before, and after, their partnership. Ulay was uncompromising, experimental and a political activist. His work is at the intersection of photography and a conceptually-focused approach to performance and body art. Polaroid photographs, unica, and often exceptionally large format images, are an essential part of his oeuvre. The retrospective focuses on four themes that underline the current relevance of Ulay's work: the relationship between his performances and photography; his research into gender identity and the body as a medium; his commitment to social issues and his relationship with Amsterdam.

SURINAMESE SCHOOL 

Is extended. End date will be announced soon

The exhibition Surinamese School is a celebration of Surinamese painting, in all its diversity and complexity. 35 artists claim a place in the museum with over 100 works of art that were created between around 1910 and the mid-1980s. With a team of guest curators, the Stedelijk highlights different themes and narratives at the heart of 20th century Surinamese painting. Surinamese pioneers like Wim Bos Verschuur and Jules Chin A Foeng, were an enormous catalyst for other artists, and occupy pride of place in the exhibition. Surinamese School also presents a rich selection of work by artists who lived and worked in Amsterdam for many years, such as Armand Baag and Quintus Jan Telting.


Armand Baag, Baag Familiy Portrait, 1989, oil on canvas. Collection Joyce, Sura and Surina Baag, Amsterdam
Armand Baag, Baag Familiy Portrait, 1989, oil on canvas. Collection Joyce, Sura and Surina Baag, Amsterdam

BRUCE NAUMAN

Starts May 31 2021 and will be extended. End date will be announced soon

This large-scale survey of the American artist Bruce Nauman (1941) spans a period of over fifty years and is the first comprehensive retrospect of Nauman in the Netherlands. Throughout his career, Nauman has challenged the possibilities of what art may be and directly confronts viewers with their own physical and mental presence. His work evokes a visceral experience that contrasts with the immediate gratification of today’s screen and leisure culture. The exhibition is a non-chronological journey through Nauman’s multifaceted oeuvre, and allows visitors to experience his sculptures, neon works, films, video works and sound recordings. Presenting over forty works, including large audio and video installations, the exhibit focuses on Nauman’s central themes: the role of the body in performance and sculpture, language and communication and the role of the studio, and highlights themes the artist endlessly revisits. This exhibition is a co-production with Tate Modern and after the Stedelijk travels to Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan.  

Bruce Nauman, 'Seven figures', 1985 c/o Pictoright Amsterdam/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Bruce Nauman, 'Seven figures', 1985 c/o Pictoright Amsterdam/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

SMALL WORLD REAL WORLD

Extended through April 25 2021

From now on, the IMC Gallery, also known as the Stedelijk’s Hall of Honour, will be home to changing exhibitions that respond to the collection and to current directions in art. This first edition spotlights works from the current collection, new acquisitions and proposals for art acquisitions to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Stedelijk. The presentation is a blueprint for the new collection presentations that are planned from 2021 onwards.

El Anatsui, In the World But Don't Know the World, 2009. Sigg Collection (behind) and Klara Lidén, Disco (left) en Joke (right), 2020. Thanks to Sadie Coles HQ, Londen. Photo Peter Tijhuis
El Anatsui, In the World But Don't Know the World, 2009. Sigg Collection (behind) and Klara Lidén, Disco (left) en Joke (right), 2020. Thanks to Sadie Coles HQ, Londen. Photo Peter Tijhuis

CHARLOTTE PRODGER - SaF05

Extended through July 6 2021

The Stedelijk Museum will present the single-channel video installation SaF05 by Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger, who is regarded as one of today’s most original time-based media artists. In her work she pushes the boundaries of time-based media, using the latest film techniques to transport the viewer into a sensory experience. SaF05 is a meditation on relations, however intangible, that expand and diffuse conceptions of intimacy, sexuality, and kinship.

Charlotte Prodger, SaF05, 2019. Courtesy the artist, Hollybush Gardens, London, and Koppe Astner, Glasgow
Charlotte Prodger, SaF05, 2019. Courtesy the artist, Hollybush Gardens, London, and Koppe Astner, Glasgow

WE'RE OUT HERE - POST/NO/BILLS #1

Upcoming

For this first edition of POST/NO/BILLS, graphic design curator Thomas Castro invites Metro54 to present We’re Out Here, an ode to street guerrilla poster culture highlighting the work of designers Lydienne Albertoe, Serana Angelista, Jeanine van Berkel and Cengiz Mengüç.  POST/NO/BILLS occupies the main ‘thoroughfare’ of the museum, from the Audi Gallery to the foot of the historic staircase, where a series of changing exhibitions present the fastest forms of graphic design. 

Lydienne Albertoe (left) en Jeanine van Berkel (right)
Lydienne Albertoe (left) en Jeanine van Berkel (right)

FROM THONET TO DUTCH DESIGN – 125 years of living at the Stedelijk

Extended through September 12 2021

Exhibition of the Stedelijk’s celebrated design collection. Explore the story of design with highlights including a Thonet couch, designs by the Wiener Werkstätte, the Amsterdam School and Scandinavian design, to the rise of plastic in the ‘60s, the colorful Italian Memphis design of the ‘80s and Dutch design. Over the last 125 years, every object was a design landmark. Also featured are current topics, such as sustainability and the impact of the corona crisis on design in the Netherlands.

Photo: Peggy Janssen, styling: Heidi Willems - PURE styling
Photo: Peggy Janssen, styling: Heidi Willems - PURE styling