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Did you know our audio tours are not only available at the museum but also online? Curators, experts and in some cases, the artists themselves share the stories behind the artworks and offer fresh perspectives. Discover all audio tours from past and current exhibitions on Soundcloud or start here.

STEDELIJK BASE - THE COLLECTION

The collection - STEDELIJK BASE shows highlights in art and design from 1880 to now. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation of iconic works from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum. It occupies the entire new wing of the museum and features a selection of around 700 pieces grouped around historic movements, social themes, and influential artists. This tour takes you along a selection of the famous highlights in STEDELIJK BASE.

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Keith Haring's canopy

Keith Haring (1958-1990) painted his canopy, which filters daylight into the grand hallway, especially for his solo exhibition at the Stedelijk in 1986. For this show, Haring didn’t simply want to present artwork he’d already made – he insisted on making new work. Laying out the velum (which measures almost 40 x 66 feet, 12 x 20 meter) on the floor of one of the museum galleries, he painted it in just one day, using spray paint. He filled the canopy with dancing, waving figures, crawling babies and squirming animals. Known as the ‘Keith Haring velum’, the painting was stretched below the monumental glass cupola above the historic staircase. The painting was an instant hit. In this audio tour various artists talk about the role Keith haring has played in their artistic careers.

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