News — 16 May 2004

The temporary Stedelijk Museum in the Post CS-building in Amsterdam opens on May 16. The museum there will be called Stedelijk Museum CS.  

The addition of the ‘CS’ to the Stedelijk’s name refers not only to the location close to Amsterdam’s Central Station, but also the fact that the Museum will be sharing the building with other users: Stedelijk Museum cum suis. Among the fellow tenants will be the design centre Post Amsterdam and Club bar restaurant 11 on the eleventh or top-floor.

Stedelijk Museum CS will be accommodated on the second and third stories of the striking high-rise on the Oosterdokskade 5 (former building of The Post Group). There it will have at its disposal 6000 m² including an entry hall, museum shop, coffee corner, educational space and space for technical support and storage. Zwarts & Jansma, Architects, drew up the plans that made it possible for a former mail distribution centre to be used as a museum. Bureau Experimental Jetset covers the graphic design.

Both a permanent presentation of the collection and a changing programme of exhibitions and activities will be seen in Stedelijk Museum CS. One of the first spearheads Is ‘Kramer vs Rietveld’, a large exhibition of furniture in the Stedelijk-collection from the period 1850 to 2004, with emphasis on the oeuvres of contemporaries Piet Kramer and Gerrit Rietveld. In addition, the Museum opens with the exhibition ‘20/20 Vision’: eight contemporary artists from The Netherlands and abroad. 

Stedelijk Museum CS will open its doors daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. On Thursdays until 9 p.m.

There will be direct access from the Museum to the restaurant and auditorium of the Post CS–building on the 11th storey – the top floor. The programming at this floor will be put together in consultation with the users. Stedelijk Museum CS will programme there regularly on Thursday evening. On weekends Club bar restaurant 11 will be transformed into a nightly dance venue. 

The ‘old’ Stedelijk on the Paulus Potterstraat (Museumsquare) has been closed since January 1, 2004. According to plans, the doors will open there again in 2008. The offices and depots, and the Museum’s library, open to the public, will for the time being continue to be located at Deccaweg 26, near Sloterdijk Station. 

For an overview, see www.stedelijk.nl, images on www.stedelijk.nl/press

Stedelijk Museum CS
Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam
Open for the public daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursdays – 9 p.m., as of May 16, 2004 (closed January 1)
Entrance fees € 8,00; reduced: € 4,00; children 0-7 and Museumkaart free