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Museum Cycle: Temporary Stedelijk

Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen
April 9, Saturday

Join us for the opportunity to hear the curator of the Stedelijk Museum, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, talk about 'Temporary Stedelijk' - in other words, how to continue an exciting arts program during the closure of your museum!

The famous Dutch museum for modern and contemporary art was founded in 1874, and has been closed since 2003 for major renovation and extension. This vital museum’s collection boasts some 90,000 objects from a wide variety of disciplines, and amongst many highlights, their collection includes The Beanery by Edward Kienholz, works by Kazimir Malevich, and magnificent examples of Bauhaus and De Stijl work. So, how to exhibit these important works without a space? Martijn van Nieywenhuyzen will guide us through the ingenuity and complexities involved in curating what is now approaching a decade of ‘Temporary Stedelijk’.

Hear how the Stedelijk took up temporary residence in a former postal distribution centre next to Amsterdam Central Station for 4 and a half years; how a space was created, named the ‘Docking Station’ for monthly presentations of work by emerging artists; how ‘Stedelijk goes to Town’ featured a series of workshops, lectures and presentations in various locations throughout Amsterdam; how ‘Temporary Stedelijk’ came home to the renovated, but as yet unfinished historical building. Throughout its many years of homelessness, the ‘museum without walls’ has never lost its strong visual presence within the city of Amsterdam.

Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, curator at the Stedelijk since 1995, and has organized many group and solo exhibitions at the museum, Stedelijk Museum CS, the project space Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and at the ICA London.

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