News — 11 Jul 2021
KIRCHNER AND NOLDE: EXPRESSIONISM. COLONIALISM
4 September to 5 December 2021
With the exhibition ‘Kirchner and Nolde: Expressionism. Colonialism’, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam sheds light on a hitherto unexplored aspect of the work of these two prominent artists: the close connection between the work they created between 1908 and 1918 and the colonial reality in which it originated. This major exhibition actively attempts to illuminate the interplay between Expressionism and colonialism and offer a new perspective. The exhibition explores the artists’ art historical backgrounds, and, wherever possible, also tells the stories of the people and objects portrayed. Shown alongside paintings, drawings and sculptures by Kirchner and Nolde, are works by artists from other parts of the world and documentary material from that era.
THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS
25 September to 31 October 2021
Every year the Stedelijk and the Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken present the most outstanding book designs of the past year. A professional jury assesses the books on the basis of design excellence, printing and binding techniques, and the collaboration between designer and client. The Best Dutch Book Designs is the oldest annual contest of its kind in Europe. The exhibition has a long tradition at the Stedelijk. The inaugural edition was staged in 1932 and, with a few exceptions, the museum has mounted the exhibition annually.
OLIVER LARIC – BETWEENNESS
2 October to 9 January 2022
Multimedia artist Oliver Laric (Innsbruck, 1981, lives and works in Berlin) explores themes such as hybridity, authorship and authenticity from a post-internet perspective. Laric shows how visual expressions have been (re)used over time and remain available to us – to be recycled, over and over, in inventive and contemporary ways. For Betweenness (2018), he used found material, which he redrew frame by frame, in ever-changing configurations of lines, the basis of animation. A set of lines transforms, continuously morphing into images of organic phenomena – animals, plants, fungi and humanoid figures. This is Laric’s first solo museum exhibition in the Netherlands. The work Betweenness was recently gifted to the Stedelijk Museum.
NOW YOU SEE ME MORIA
from 2 October 2021
Personal experiences, anger and pain are the basis of a special project in which refugees share photos and stories via Instagram documenting their everyday reality in Moria, Europe’s largest refugee camp, located in Greece. As part of the project, an open call was issued to European graphic designers, inviting them to create posters based on the photographs. To present these images to a broad audience, the Stedelijk will display work created by the international collective Now You See Me Moria in the second edition of POST/NO/BILLS, an exhibition series dedicated to showcasing the newest offerings in graphic design, responding to trends and social developments.
PRIX DE ROME 2021
13 November 2021 to 20 March 2022
This presentation features the four nominated artists for the Prix de Rome 2021: 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.
LET TEXTILES TALK
Six tapestries unravelled
13 November 2021 to 20 March 2022
Six tapestries in the Stedelijk’s collection are central to this research exhibition on textile art, creative expression and institutional critique. In 1951, the Egyptian architect and pedagogue Ramses Wissa Wassef and his wife Sophie Habib Georgi began an experiment about creativity that drew praise from prominent figures in the art world, such as Willem Sandberg, Etel Adnan and Jean Paul Sartre. With the experiment, Wassef wanted to prove that creativity is innate, and anyone can make art. He did this by teaching children how to weave tapestries. In this presentation, the Stedelijk shows these tapestries in combination with works by Sheila Hicks, Etel Adnan, Dorothy Akpene Amenuke, Karel Appel, Jean Lurçat and others. Together, these tapestries map a transnational journey through history, and ask us to consider how the carpets and their creators were contextualized at the time, and the perspectives from which we can understand this experiment today.
REMY JUNGERMAN – BEHIND THE FOREST
20 November 2021 to 13 March 2022
A survey of work by Remy Jungerman (Moengo, Suriname, 1959).
Remy Jungerman: Behind the Forest 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.
HITO STEYERL – I WILL SURVIVE
28 January to 12 June 2022
A major solo by Hito Steyerl (1966, Munich; lives and works in Berlin), 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.
NEW COLLECTION PRESENTATION: 1945-1980
from 19 February 2022
The Stedelijk is renewing its collection presentation to focus more closely on theme. The redesign will take place in three phases. Following the renewed display of contemporary work, Tomorrow is a Different Day, Collection 1980-Now, the reconfigured exhibit Art and Design 1945-1980 launches in early 2022. The third and final phase of the redesign, Art and Design before 1945, debuts in 2022
TOMORROW IS A DIFFERENT DAY – COLLECTION 1980-NOW
from 10 July 2021
The Stedelijk is redesigning its collection display to reflect a new, more thematic focus. The presentation of the entire holdings will be renewed in three phases, beginning with the most contemporary works. Tomorrow is a Different Day spotlights works by international artists and designers who are helping to shape the changes of today and tomorrow. They challenge the status quo and offer alternative perspectives. Since the 1980s, the world has been in the grip of dramatic transformations—globalisation, migration, decolonisation, digitisation, the expansion of the primary and secondary markets, and the acknowledgement of various diasporas in art and society. Tomorrow is a Different Day reveals that artists are ever-more responsive to the world we live in, and use their work as a force for change. By voicing resistance, and by sharing narratives of hope and longing, they tell meaningful stories that resonate in our lives today.
until October 24, 2021
A large-scale survey of the American artist Bruce Nauman (1941). For over five decades, Nauman has challenged the possibilities of what art can be. His use of a variety of media and unbridled urge for experimentation have made him one of the key figures of today’s art. Nauman’s interest in ambiguity and different layers of meaning relates to the daily human experience. The exhibition shows how, throughout his career, Nauman has been preoccupied by themes such as the body, language, control, and the artist’s studio. Nauman’s work is disruptive, confrontational, absurd and playful, and is often a mental as well as a physical experience.
CHARLOTTE PRODGER – SAF05
until September 5, 2021
The recent video installation SaF05 by Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger (Bournemouth, 1974) one of today’s most innovative time-based media artists, is named after a rare maned lioness that figures in the work as a cipher for queer attachment and desire. Prodger’s autobiographical voiceover traces a chronology of intimate gestures and interpersonal connections, from pubescence to the present. SaF05 is a meditation on relationships, however intangible, that expand and diffuse conceptions of intimacy, sexuality and kinship.
FROM THONET TO DUTCH DESIGN: 125 YEARS OF LIVING IN THE STEDELIJK
until 12 September 2021
An exhibition of the Stedelijk’s celebrated design collection. Experience some of the most innovative, iconic designs of the last 125 years. Explore the story of design, from a Thonet sofa – one of the oldest pieces in the collection – to designs by the Wiener Werkstätte, the Amsterdam School, and Scandinavian design, to the rise of plastic in the 1960s, the colourful Italian Memphis design of the 1980s, and Dutch design. The exhibition also touches on current challenges, such as sustainability and the impact of the corona crisis on design in the Netherlands.
WE’RE OUT HERE
until 19 September 2021
With POST/NO/BILLS, the Stedelijk highlights the newest trends, developments and themes in the world of graphic design. In this first edition, Metro54 presents We’re Out Here: an ode to street guerrilla poster culture. With work by designers Lydienne Albertoe, Serana Angelista, Jeanine van Berkel and Cengiz Mengüç. In this homage, Metro54 examines the visual language of the counterculture by asking: ‘Who owns the street? Who is permitted to use public space in times of need and privatization?’
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