News — Feb 14, 2020

This year’s Open Call for the biannual exhibition Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions received a record of 1408 entries. Unlike previous editions, the open call invited submissions from makers of all disciplines. A jury selected 23 projects for the exhibition; each proposal offers its own interpretation of the theme. This edition of the Municipal Art Acquisitions, which goes on view on 27 June, presents works that challenge our collective knowledge and public awareness. Which stories are unseen, ignored, or deserve to be told more often?

Sadik Alfraji, Sing like the Southerners Do, 2019, sound-drawing installation. Courtesy the artist.

The projects for the Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2020 were selected by a jury composed of the curatorial duo Britte Sloothaak and Fadwa Naamna, Cédric Fauq (Nottingham Contemporary, Palais de Tokyo), Monika Szewczyk (De Appel, Amsterdam), Prem Krishnamurthy (Wkshps, FRONT International 2021) and Zippora Elders (Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, sonsbeek20→24).

This year’s edition of Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions presents the following artists and designers:

Sadik Alfraji, Leonardiansyah Allenda, Kristina Benjocki, Kasper Bosmans, Rowena Buur, Anna Dasović, Timo Demollin, Quinsy Gario in collaboration with Mina Ouaouirst, Inas Halabi, Remy Jungerman, Natasja Kensmil, Sarah van Lamsweerde in collaboration with Leroy de Böck and Alicia Hoost, DOMINIQUE (Dominique Latoel), Ahmet Öğüt, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Our Polite Society, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Farida Sedoc, Ghita Skali, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Jennifer Tee, Gilleam Trapenberg and Werker Collective.

During the exhibition the Stedelijk Museum will acquire a selection of artworks and design projects for the collection. With this, the Stedelijk not only seeks to include the stories these works tell within a temporary exhibition platform but also places the works within institutionalised knowledge systems, which include museum collections and archives.