News — 22 Oct 2020

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

COMING UP

ULAY WAS HERE 

21 November 2020 – 18 April 2021 

The Stedelijk presents the largest solo exhibition by the German-Dutch 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 

12 december 2020 – 31 mei 2021

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.

SMALL WORLD, REAL WORLD  

12 December 2020 – 21 February 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.

Armand Baag, The fabric dealer, 1980, oil on canvas. Collectie Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Armand Baag, The fabric dealer, 1980, oil on canvas. Collectie Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

CHARLOTTE PRODGER: SaF05

24 January – 25 April 2021

Presented at the last Venice Biennial, soon on view at the Stedelijk: this video installation by Turner Prize-laureate Charlotte Prodger (1974), named after a maned lioness, is a compelling autobiographic document dealing with subjectivity, self-determination and queerness.

BRUCE NAUMAN

27 March – 15 August 2021

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

NEW COLLECTION PRESENTATION: 1980-NOW

opens June 2021

History is always in flux, shaped by new and diverse voices and the same is true of art history. To explore this more fully, the Stedelijk is gradually moving towards a fresh, dynamic and thematic presentation of the collection that reflects today’s society. This new strategy offers greater scope to focus on the latest developments in modern and contemporary art and design and to explore diversity and dialogue. Featuring both visual art and design, the new presentation will be completed in three parts. The first of our three collection presentations to be re-structured is art from 1980 to the present.

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.

NEW COLLECTION PRESENTATION: 1945-1980

autumn 2021

History is always in flux, shaped by new and diverse voices and the same is true of art history. To explore this more fully, the Stedelijk is gradually moving towards a fresh, dynamic and thematic presentation of the collection that reflects today’s society. The first collection presentation to be renewed was art from 1980 to the present. The second of our renewed displays features art from 1945 to 1980.

KIRCHNER EN NOLDE
Expressionism. Colonialism

10 July – 17 October 2021

The Stedelijk highlights the shadow sides of the two well-known artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde. They played an important role in the Expressionist movement that flourished from the beginning of the twentieth century. Their work is known for its vibrant colors and spontaneous brushstrokes and motifs inspired by people and art from outside Europe. This is the first time that the immediate relationship between their art and the colonial reality in which they lived has been examined in this manner. Colonialism in the German Empire between 1884 and 1914 and the racist ideas that went with it form the background to many of Kirchner and Nolde's sources of inspiration – ethnographic museums, performers of color, the then colony of German New Guinea – and their fascination with the 'other' turns out to be part of a general worldview. And, if the identities of the people and objects in the paintings can be traced, the exhibition tells their stories. Many different types of works by Kirchner, Nolde and unknown artists from other parts of the world are on display, together with documentary material from the period.

PRIX DE ROME

13 November 2021 – spring 2022

Next year, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will again host the exhibition Prix de Rome Beeldende Kunst, the oldest and most generous Dutch award for visual artists under the age of 40. The prize was founded to promote the further development and visibility of talented artists. The prize is organized and financed by the Mondrian Fund. The open call for submissions launches at the beginning of January. The nominees for the next edition will be announced in April 2021.

IN PREPARATION

REMY JUNGERMAN

autumn 2021

After a purchase last year, the Stedelijk Museum is preparing a solo exhibition by the Surinamese-Dutch artist Remy Jungerman (1959), that looks at the ties between the geometric designs of the Maroon in Suriname and the Western tradition of modernism. By connecting different histories, Jungerman brings about a shift in viewers’ perspectives. Remy Jungerman is also one of the artists featured in the exhibition In the Presence of Absence, Proposals for the Museum Collection 2020.

SMBA AT THE STEDELIJK

end 2021

The Stedelijk hasn’t had a platform for Amsterdam’s youngest art for way too long. That’s why SMBA is back! For the time being, it will have a home at the museum. Watch this space – plans will be announced next year.

HITO STEYERL  

end 2021 / 2022

Hito Steyerl (1966) is a filmmaker and writer whose work addresses politics, power, capital and the media and critically reflects on the impact of the Internet and digitisation on our everyday lives. This first major overview of Steyerl in the Netherlands is a collaboration with Centre Pompidou, Paris and K21, Düsseldorf.

NEW COLLECTION PRESENTATION: 1890-1945

2022  
History is always in flux, shaped by new and diverse voices and the same is true of art history. To explore this more fully, the Stedelijk is gradually moving towards a fresh, dynamic and thematic presentation of the collection that reflects today’s society. After renewing our collection presentations of art from 1980 to the present and from 1945 to 1980, the period 1890 to 1945 is the last in our trio of revitalized presentations.

NOW OPEN 

THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS  

until 1 november 2020

A presentation of the most exceptional book designs of 2019. Outstanding examples of design, typography, image treatment, production values and the dialogue between form and content. The 33 titles selected for this edition focus almost entirely on art, photography and architecture.

ARTHUR JAFA – APEX

until 3 January 2021

With his video work Apex (2013), the American artist Arthur Jafa (1960) asks us to look at how mainstream culture assigns less value to the lives of black people than it does to black culture, and often appropriates black culture more or less entirely. Jafa is known for making video works that reflect on black culture, its complexity, beauty and representation in the mass media.

Courtesy kunstenaar and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome
Courtesy kunstenaar and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome

IN THE PRESENCE OF ABSENCE –  Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2020

until 31 January 2021

An interdisciplinary exhibition that challenges fixed ideas about our society and question how history is written. When not addressed by organizations such as schools, libraries, archives, and museums, the absence of these stories forms knowledge gaps within the public debates that shape our collective consciousness and memory.
The selected projects include personal, intimate topics as well as broad socio-historical issues. The Stedelijk Museum will announce which works will be purchased for the collection during the exhibition.

Ahmet Öğüt, Bakunin’s Barricade, 2015–2020. Photo Peter Tijhuis
Ahmet Öğüt, Bakunin’s Barricade, 2015–2020. Photo Peter Tijhuis

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

until 21 March 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