News — Nov 28, 2013

Amsterdam, November 28, 2013 — To commemorate the tenure of Ann Goldstein as Director of the Stedelijk Museum, collectors Pieter and Marieke Sanders are making a major donation to the museum of 127 works by 92 artists. The gift includes works by Yael Bartana, Marinus Boezem, Hans Broek, Persijn Broersen/Margit Lukacs, Edward Burtynsky, Jan De Cock, Jeremiah Day, Ger van Elk, Alicia Framis, Ryan Gander, Babs Haenen, Jitka Hanzlova, Roni Horn, Loes van der Horst, David Jablonowski, Folkert de Jong, Job Koelewijn, Maartje Korstanje, Anouk Kruithof, Gabriel Lester, Hellen van Meene, Pieter Laurens Mol, Fatmi Mounir, Navid Nuur, Charlotte Schleiffert, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Paulien Oltheten, Ronald Ophuis, Barbara Visser, and Marijke van Warmerdam, among others. 

More on the donation of Pieter and Marieke Sanders

For over forty years, the Sanders have avidly collected the work of young and emerging Dutch and international artists, many of whom have become today’s leading figures. The donated works contribute significantly to the Stedelijk’s holdings, both building upon the representation of the work of artists already present in the museum’s collection, and in many cases, also adding the first work by an artist. For example, an early painting by Amsterdam-based artist Jan Andriesse is an excellent complement to works on paper that are already in the collection. A photograph and sculpture by British artist Ryan Gander are auspicious additions to the Stedelijk’s burgeoning collection of his oeuvre.

The donation also marks the entrance of an artist into the collection, as is the case of such artists as Lara Almarcegui, Sema Bekirovic, and Steven Waddell. The donation encompasses a highly diverse range of media, from painting and sculpture to photography, video art and works on paper.

Pieter and Marieke Sanders comment on their initiative: “We felt that the reopening of the Stedelijk should be marked by a gift. This prompted us to make a selection of work from our collection and donate them to the Museum, so that these artworks can be visible again outside the walls of our home. Because art needs to be seen.”

Ann Goldstein, Director of the Stedelijk Museum said of the gift, “I am deeply grateful and personally touched that Pieter and Marieke have honored the Stedelijk by reaching out to us with this incredible gesture – a true tribute to their indefatigable enthusiasm for art and commitment to generously supporting our institutions. This is an exceptional gift, and their example is nothing less than extraordinary.” The Stedelijk Museum will organize an exhibition of selections from the Pieter and Marieke Sanders gift in 2015. 

Open House on Friday, November 29

 To honor Ms. Goldstein’s tenure with a festive farewell, everyone is welcome to attend the OPEN HOUSE on Friday, November 29, from 6 to 8 pm. It is Ann’s wish to have a farewell that is open to all. The museum has planned the party to reflect her vision for the Stedelijk as an open and inviting museum in which everyone feels encouraged to enjoy the collection and follow the latest developments in art and design. Entrance to the museum on this Friday evening is free.


More on Ann Goldstein

Appointed as general and Artistic Director in June 2009, Ms. Goldstein began working with the museum in October of that year and assumed her post in January 2010. Under her direction, and while the new wing was under construction, the museum opened with The Temporary Stedelijk (2010–12) in the still unfinished historic building, enabling visitors to (re)discover the building. Ann Goldstein gave the impetus to a successful Public Program and emphasized the prominence of education in the museum’s mission. “It has been a privilege to serve this great institution, to oversee its re-opening after nearly nine years of closure, and to live and work in a community that deeply values the vital presence of the Stedelijk Museum in people’s lives,” says Ms. Goldstein. “I have often said that the esteemed and inspiring history of the Stedelijk is part of my DNA as a museum professional. It will surely always remain close to my heart.”

Current and upcoming exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum:

Lawrence Weiner, WRITTEN ON THE WIND
through January 5, 2014

Paulina Olowska, Au Bonheur des Dames
through January 27, 2014

Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde, with Selections from the Khardzhiev and Costakis Collections
through February 2, 2014

TYPE/Dynamics: Jurriaan Schrofer/LUST
through February 9, 2014

Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk 25 Years of Design
February 1 through June 15, 2014

The Gijs + Emmy Spectacle Fashion and Jewelry design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967–1972
February 22 – July 6, 2014

Jeff Wall: tableaux, pictures, photographs 1996-2013
March 1 – August 3, 2014

BAD THOUGHTS A choice from the Martijn and Jeannette Sanders Collection
July 19 – October 26, 2014

Marlene Dumas – The Image as Burden
September 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015



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