In collaboration with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents: Refuge – fleeing, flowing leaking. This is a large-scale, multi-day event in the museum building and a festive Friday night. From 22 to 25 March, it focuses on questions of refuge.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
22 until 25 March
Ticket Uncut (museum ticket) Ticket Studium Generale
Ticket Friday Night 

Refuge – fleeing, flowing, leaking

This year's central theme is refuge. Human and non-human animals seek refuge because of war, terror, hunger, exploitation, climate change, or because of structural forms of daily oppression and exclusion. You can find refuge in a camp, shelter, safe space, in a body, state of being, state of mind. Or you take refuge in a (self-chosen) family, community, movement, or collective.

This edition considers the phenomenon of refuge not only as a concrete and physical construction in a violent or toxic reality, but also as a potential affective space or a caring body. It looks at how restrictive systems (ideologies, states, institutions, academies, machines...) flow and leak unpredictably, from which lines of flight can arise.

From there, how can we harbour and connect bodies and create refuges for affective and dissident voices?


The annual collaboration between the Stedelijk Museum and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two parts: a conference and an exhibition with performance program. Studium Generale presents a four-day conference where different curators fill a day with diverse artistic perspectives on the theme Refuge – fleeing, flowing, leaking. Following this theme, students create new work for the exhibition Rietveld Uncut. This presentation culminates in a festive Friday Night on 24 March with performances and interventions.


In response to Studium Generale's theme Refuge – fleeing, flowing, leaking, Rietveld students have developed new work for Rietveld Uncut. These student projects and the outcomes of workshops by Rainbow Soulclub, Elisa van Joolen in collaboration with the feminist organisation Tesselschade- Arbeid - Adelt, and Yara Saïd, among others, bring together thinking and making that explore this theme. Rietveld Uncut will be activated on Friday Night 24 March with a special program of performances and interventions.

More info

Ticket Uncut (museum ticket)
Ticket Friday Night


Studium Generale is an annual trans-disciplinary theoretical program for Rietveld students and staff and broader audiences. Studium Generale aims to show how art and design are linked with other domains, this year in relation to the theoretical framework of Refuge – fleeing, flowing, leaking.

More info 

Ticket Studium Generale