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News — 3 Oct 2008

After a four-year sojourn, the Stedelijk Museum will be ending its temporary occu-pation of the Post CS-gebouw. On Tuesday 30 September the last tickets will be sold. And, once the doors have closed, the museum will take to the streets of Amsterdam in a project entitled Stedelijk in the City. The first event will be launched on 3 October: Construction Cabin on tour. This artistic version of a Construction Cabin, designed by Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe, will take the museum’s fresh, innovative programme to the streets. The tour begins on Oosterdokseiland, and will travel through Amsterdam until December 2009. The Construction Cabin is the first of a series of Stedelijk Museum projects launched in the city, in both the public space and other institutes. Full details on the exhibition programme will be announced at the end of August. 

Why Stedelijk in the City?

The museum will tour Amsterdam from October 2008 to December 2009. Large-scale exhibitions of 

work from our collection will be organised at other museums and institutes in the city, juxtaposed with an experimental programme presented at unexpected locations. With Stedelijk in the City we hope to reach, and meet, new and current art aficionados, and to enable encounters with contemporary art. The Stedelijk is also launching new collaborations and is teaming up with artists in a new and unique way 

– in the urban environment, instead of inside the museum. Stedelijk in the City marks a departure from our usual activities. We designed the programme to appeal to a broad and diverse public. As the tour gradually draws closer to Museum Square until finally arriving at the new Stedelijk Museum, Stedelijk in the City is in fact a countdown to our grand re-opening.

Kick-off: the Construction Cabin on tour

During its fifteen nomadic months the Stedelijk Museum will roam the capital. To meet and chat 

with the locals, and confront them with visual art and design. The Construction Cabin will be the nerve-centre for experiments, workshops, performances, lectures, walks, debates and meetings with artists and museum staff. The Construction Cabin will travel the length and breadth of the city, making pit-stops at different parts of Amsterdam, including Bos en Lommer, Oud Zuid, Amsterdam North and IJburg. The Construction Cabin will pop up at every location where part of the Stedelijk in the city programme opens, but will also pursue its own route, following other events and activities in Amsterdam. A website with all the details will go live on 1 October: www.stedelijkindestad.nl

You will also be able to keep track of the latest news about the new museum building here, too.  

Activities based in the Construction Cabin: everyone’s talking art

The Construction Cabin programme is currently under development. On 3 October, once the Construction Cabin is up and running, it will play host to workshops led artists and designers. It goes without saying that Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe will be there too. Already scheduled are: 

3 October: Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe talk about conceiving and designing the Construction Cabin: location, the main auditorium of the Public Library (near Amsterdam Central Station); 4, 5 and 8 October: artists and designers will be giving workshops in the Construction 

Cabin: location Oosterdokseiland, Amsterdam.