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See the Stedelijk Museum’s world-famous icons in a new context TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER | PHOTOS: COLLECTION STEDELIJK MUSEUM AMSTERDAM
This December sees the launch of STEDELIJK BASE, an innovative new collection presentation at Amsterdam’s famous Stedelijk Museum. The new display features more than 750 inspiring works and traces developments in art and design from the late 19th century to the present day. The exhibition design is by AMO / Rem Koolhaas with Federico Martelli.
From Van Gogh to Warhol STEDELIJK BASE is one of the largest installations in the Stedelijk Museum’s history and will remain on display for at least five years. Admire works from all manner of creative geniuses, ranging from Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondrian to Gerrit Rietveld, Andy Warhol and Ettore Sottsass. There are works from leading female artists too, such as Charley Toorop and Nola Hatterman, as well as the photographer Emmy Andriesse. The new display represents the perfect way for people who are new to art to discover the evolution of modern art and 82 | Issue 48 | December 2017
design. Meanwhile, seasoned art lovers will appreciate the opportunity to see the works of these iconic creatives in a new context.
ical and thematic presentations on the ground floor, and STEDELIJK NOW, which is home to temporary exhibitions on the first floor.
Every corner offers a new discovery The presentation begins on the lower-level floor with a survey of art and design before 1980. The escalator transports visitors from -1 to +1, where they can see a display highlighting works produced post 1980. For the lower-level, the architects conceived an open circuit showing designs created specifically for the Stedelijk. Visitors can move freely throughout the space –which sees various types of visual art being paired with design – and are free to make their own connections. By placing different disciplines side by side, viewers can make cross-connections and learn more about a period in art and design history. With the launch of STEDELIJK BASE, the Stedelijk Museum is now divided into three distinct zones. There is also STEDELIJK TURNS, a collection of top-
STEDELIJK BASE will open on Saturday 16 December at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. For more information and to buy e-tickets visit; www.stedelijk.nl
Abstract Browsing – REDDIT, joined purchase of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and MOTI. The purchase on the part of the Stedelijk Museum is generously supported by the Tijl Aankoop Fonds and a private donor. Augustine Roulin (La berceuse), gift of ir. V.W. van Gogh, Laren (NL). Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point, © The Willem de Kooning Foundation, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam.
LEFT: Nola Hatterman, Op het terras (On the Terrace), 1930. MIDDLE: Rafaël Rozendaal, Abstract Browsing – REDDIT, 2016. RIGHT: Vincent van Gogh, Augustine Roulin (La berceuse) (Augustine Roulin (Rocking a Cradle)), 1889. BOTTOM: Willem de Kooning, Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point, 1963.
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