News — 12 Oct 2021

The collaboration kicks off with an interactive installation by Thijs Biersteker on view from 15 October

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Polestar are entering into a multi-year partnership that draws attention to sustainability issues. Both investigate how design contributes to sustainable solutions and to raising our environmental awareness. 

Over the next few years the Stedelijk, in collaboration with the Swedish electric car brand, will develop a varied programme of events that explore design, sustainability and innovation. To kick off the collaboration, Polestar commissioned Thijs Biersteker of Woven Studio to develop an interactive installation. 

RENEWABLE ENERGY

The installation We Harvest Wind invites you to talk about the importance of renewable energy sources such as wind, and to experience its power for yourself. Biersteker designed the installation to give people a relatable way of connecting with and understanding one of the biggest challenges facing us today: the climate crisis, pollution and the energy transition. We Harvest Wind goes on view in the auditorium at the Stedelijk for three weeks, from 15 October. 

We are trying to raise awareness around green energy. Biersteker’s installation is part of that initiative. He is a really interesting artist and it’s been great to witness how he turned our Life Cycle Assessment into a piece of art, and to now see it exhibited in the progressive and beautiful Stedelijk Museum. Charging green is such an important factor in unleashing the full potential of electric cars, on our journey to making them climate neutral.

— Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar

The Stedelijk encourages dialogue about tomorrow. We offer a platform to designers and artists who create sustainable, creative and inventive solutions that can be adapted by industry. They teach us to see the world differently. We’re thrilled with our multi-year partnership with Polestar, a company that takes a similar approach to tackling big global issues with smart design, innovation and guts. We look forward to joining forces to accelerate us on our way towards a sustainable society.

— Rein Wolfs, director Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME 

Polestar believes in investing in the future and in the new generation. To give families and kids of all ages a chance to connect with environmental issues and grasp the importance of sustainable energy, a special family tour has been developed around the installation We Harvest Wind. Biersteker’s artwork, and works from the permanent collection, bring to life the importance of renewable energy and its role in contributing to a greener planet. Together, we talk about the power of water by looking at Barnett Newman’s Cathedra. And explore the kind of energy that Piet Mondrian generates with Windmill. 

  • We Harvest Wind by Thijs Biersteker is on view in the Stedelijk Museum auditorium from 15 October to 3 November  

  • The Children’s Programme takes place on 18 - 22 October, with tours at 10.30 and at 12 .00. There are two extra tours on Wednesday, at 14.30 and 16.00. The tour lasts roughly 45 minutes.  

About Polestar 

Polestar was established as a new, standalone Swedish premium electric vehicle manufacturer in 2017. Founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding, Polestar enjoys specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result. 

The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and its vehicles are currently available and on the road in 14 global markets across Europe, North America and China. In 2021, Polestar is expanding into eight additional new markets in Europe, the middle East and Asia Pacific. Polestar cars are currently manufactured in two facilities in China, with additional future manufacturing planned in the USA. 

In September 2021, Polestar announced its intention to list as a public company on the Nasdaq in a business combination agreement with Gores Guggenheim, Inc. Full information on this definitive agreement can be found here.

ABOUT THE STEDELIJK MUSEUM AMSTERDAM 

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. The museum pursues an unconventional course and, with extraordinary acquisitions and farsighted exhibitions, has been at the forefront of the international artworld for 125 years. The museum’s internationally renowned collection houses over 100,000 artworks by artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondriaan, Gerrit Rietveld and Henri Matisse, Barnett Newman, Karel Appel, Jeff Koons, Marlene Dumas, Rineke Dijkstra and El Anatsui. In addition to aesthetic and art historical topics, the Stedelijk actively addresses ethical and socio-political issues through its collection and exhibitions, and seeks to review and recontextualise its holdings for new and future generations. 

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