News — 15 Nov 2021
LET TEXTILES TALK - SIX TAPESTRIES UNRAVELLED
13 November 2021 - 20 March 2022
Six colourful tapestries from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam play the lead in an exhibition about textile art. In the supporting role are a group of Egyptian children, (textile) artists from all over the world and a former museum director. Each reveals their side of the story in this compact exhibition. Let Textiles Talk weaves the stories into a mosaic that tells the tale of textile art, creative expression and unravels the appeal of these rarely-exhibited tapestries.
PRIX DE ROME 2021
13 November 2021 - 20 March 2022
The Prix de Rome is the oldest Dutch accolade for visual artists under 40, and is organised and financed by the Mondrian Fund. The 2021 nominees are: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Alexis Blake, Silvia Martes and Coralie Vogelaar. Their work examines current themes, offers critical reinterpretations of historical events, connects underexposed histories to the present, or focuses on the distant future. The four artists were provided with a grant to cover the production of the new works produced specifically for this exhibition. The winner will be announced on 30 November
REMY JUNGERMAN. BEHIND THE FOREST
20 November 2021 - 13 March 2022
A survey of work by Remy Jungerman (Moengo, Suriname, 1959) brings together the rich body of work produced by the artist over the past fifteen years, alongside new work created especially for this exhibition. In his sculptures, paintings, installations, collages and screen prints, Jungerman explores the intersection of pattern and symbol in Surinamese Maroon culture, the broader African Diaspora, and 20th century Modernism. He searches for a new visual lexicon using abstract geometric patterns that bring disparate cultures into conversation. The exhibition also features the imposing work Visiting Deities, presented during the 58th Venice Biennale.
HITO STEYERL. I WILL SURVIVE
28 January – 12 June 2022
A major solo by Hito Steyerl (1966), a writer, cultural critic, artist, filmmaker and professor, and one of the most important and influential figures in contemporary art. Steyerl’s video installations question the interrelationships between art, society, advanced technology and neoliberal capitalism. These often essayistic and documentary works encourage the average viewer to critically reflect on previously underexposed social issues such as colonial violence, government control, systemic racism and the power of protest. This exhibition is co-organised with the Pompidou Centre, Paris.
EVERDAY, SOMEDAY AND OTHER STORIES
Opens 19 February 2022
The Stedelijk is renewing its collection presentation to focus more closely on theme. Implemented in three phases, the rehang will highlight work by international artists and designers who question traditional modes of thinking and offer new perspectives. Phase one, Tomorrow Is a Different Day, Collection 1980-Now, is now open, and part two of the redesign will be inaugurated soon. The third and final stage of the new presentation, art and design before 1945, debuts later this year.
IT’S OUR F***ING BACKYARD
DESIGNING MATERIAL FUTURES
23 April – 4 September 2022
Designers are increasingly harnessing their creativity to address the environmental crisis. Experimental approaches are essential, and include rethinking raw materials. Natural materials are assigned new functions (producing plastic from algae) and recycling or transforming waste into high-quality material (making fabrics and furniture from pine needles). Some projects focus on energy sources that are less harsh on the environment, or on raising consumer awareness. This exhibition showcases experiments and products that are already widely used, and features work by Fernando Laposse, FormaFantasma, Christien Meindertsma, Shahar Livne, Donghoon Sohn (tbc), Yamuna Forzani, Basse Stittgen and designs by manufacturers like Vitra and Ikea.
SEDJE HÉMON / IMRAN MIR / ABDIAS DO NASCIMENTO
The next stop on the journey of sonsbeek 20→24, the international Arnhem-based art manifestation, will be Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In this iteration, works by the Dutch-Jewish painter and composer Sedje Hémon (1923-2011), the Pakistani artist and designer Imran Mir (1950-2014) and the Afro-Brazilian painter, poet, essayist, playwright and politician Abdias do Nascimento (1914-2011) will be highlighted. All three artist navigated the waters of abstraction, expanded the shutters of modernism, reconfigured as well as liberated minimalism from the claws of the Western invention myth and significations, as well as situated the notion of conceptualism within other and wider geographies, histories and cultures. sonsbeek 20→24 is curated by Amal Alhaag, Zippora Elders, Krista Jantowski and Aude Christel Mgba, under the artistic direction of Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.
COLLECTION BEFORE 1945
Opens summer 2022
The third and final part of the new collection presentation showcases some of the ways in which artists and designers both reacted to and represented the period 1860-1945, when industrialisation, colonialism, two world wars and a tempestuous interbellum era wrought havoc. The presentation spotlights the vital role of female creatives, and the history of the museum as institution. Less familiar works are shown alongside famous pieces in the collection, and new stories are told.
THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS 2021
A selection of books excelling in design, printing and binding techniques, and the collaboration between designer and client, selected by an expert jury.
22 October 2022 – 5 March 2022
Solo exhibition of Yto Barrada (1971) whose multidisciplinary oeuvre connects diverse cross-cultural narratives. The artist knits together personal histories and narratives of Tangier, where she grew up, with research into different forms of knowledge acquisition and experimental methods of self-expression. Barrada also reinterprets moments from modern art history. The exhibition features recent work in diverse disciplines, including textile, film, video and sculpture, and new work such as the film Continental Drift.
GUNA-GUNA: DESIGN, CONTEMPORARY ART AND DIASPORIC MAGIC
Municipal Art Acquisitions 2022/2023
29 October 2022 – 10 April 2023
This edition of the Municipal Art Acquisitions invited both designers and visual artists whose work places particular emphasis on objects, sculptures and other projects that directly or indirectly involve guna-guna, a silent and mystical force that can be productive, protective, deflective or destructive. This phenomenon can manifest itself in many ways: spirits, protective entities, the realm of animals and plants, mythic creatures, natural or occult and inexplicable events. A jury will select the participants on the basis of an Open Call. During the exhibition, the museum will announce which works have been purchased for the collection.
German artist Anne Imhof (1978) is given complete freedom to shape the museum's large basement gallery of 1100 square meters to her will. Imhof is a phenomenon. Her combinations of painting, installation, choreography, and music draw inspiration from art history and underground culture and address the dynamics of power. Her work is unsettling and uncomfortable, and always impressive. Imhof examines physicality, collectivity, loneliness, desire, greed, fear, guilt and penance. For this, she uses various media to appeal to all our senses. With Faust she won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and her previous shows at Tate Modern and Palais de Tokyo were a sensation. This will be Imhof's first solo show in the Netherlands. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Stedelijk and the Hartwig Art Foundation, initiated by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow.
General Idea was a Canadian artist collective (1969 – 1994) that rose to international prominence with its theories of identity, appropriation of consumer imagery, and AIDS activism. General Idea remains a source of inspiration for subsequent generations. The Stedelijk began acquiring the collective’s work in 1980, and expanded its holdings with significant purchases, including AIDS Wallpaper and Infe©ted Mondrian. Furthermore, part of the collective’s archive was donated to the museum, making the Stedelijk the European knowledge centre. This survey was curated by Beatrix Ruf, former director of the Stedelijk, for the Stedelijk and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
MEET THE MASTERS
You don’t need to be an aficionado to enjoy art. If you’re looking for inspiration and a creativity boost, the Stedelijk’s Friday Night sessions are for you. Every month, our Meet the Masters programme, sponsored by Mastercard, dives deep into the work of a different artist. Discover the masters through the eyes of creatives from the worlds of art, design, fashion, music, dance and film.
3 Dec 2021 – Sheila Hicks
14 Jan 2022 – Wassily Kandinsky
11 Feb 2022 – Remy Jungerman
25 March 2022 – Rietveld Uncut
8 April 2022 – Hito Steyerl
13 May 202 2 – It’s Our F***ing Backyard
17 June 2022 – Sedje Hémon
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