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Theme

Under the influence of globalization and migration, Dutch people are increasingly coming into contact with new languages, cultures, religions and ideas. In the Netherlands and other European countries, migration is one of the key issues of the 21st century. Finding a way to live together in an apparently ever-more complex and fragmented society poses a difficult question. At Stedelijk Turns, the new research program at the Stedelijk Museum, the Stedelijk examines ways in which artists, both now and in the past, have challenged and contextualized ideas about a changing society. The program centers around concepts that play a vital role in the migration issue, and which have assumed different meanings within the multicultural world. Issues relating to identity, representation, language, memory and territory are explored in the Stedelijk Turns program about migration.

The program centers around concepts that play a vital role in the migration issue, and which have assumed different meanings within the multicultural world. Issues relating to identity, representation, language, memory and territory are explored in the Stedelijk Turns program about migration. The collection of the Stedelijk will be amply represented, with work by artists such as Marlene Dumas, Remy Jungerman, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Otto and Agoes Djaya, Nalini Malani and Otobong Nkanga, in conjunction with new work by Carlos Motta and designs by contemporary designers like Yara Said and Scott Austin Key & Sam Brisende.

Some art works focus on the Dutch colonial past in Surinam and Indonesia, while others investigate contemporary asylum policy or ways in which designers can contribute to a more humane reception and treatment of refugees. The Stedelijk Turns program reveals how migration has shaped not only society and politics, but also art and culture. Combined, the projects aim to address a complex topic that is both historical and current, and to examine the role of (political) debate in the Netherlands and beyond. With the program, the Stedelijk seeks to address the theme of migration by proposing and discussing possible answers, new perspectives, questions and solutions, in the public domain.