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New collection presentation and program highlights at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Tomorrow is a Different Day: Collection 1980–Now
Everyday, Someday and Other Stories: Collection 1950–1980
Yesterday Today: Collection until 1950

Three shows make up the Stedelijk’s brand-new collection presentation of visual art and design, which is arranged thematically and loosely chronologically. The development of art and design alongside social movements and their different histories that reflect many viewpoints are emphasized in all three chapters. The exhibition places well-known works of art in new surroundings and contrasts them with underappreciated ones. Fresh stories emerge as a result of new discussions, narrative exploration, and the telling of various stories from various viewpoints.

the avant-garde centered around Kazimir Malevich and Olga Rozanova, the Amsterdam School, Functionalism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, and CoBrA are just a few of the well-known artistic styles covered in Yesterday Today, which covers art and design from around 1880 to 1950. Works from these movements explore topics like modern urbanization, nightlife, and the rise of industrialisation, which stand in stark contrast to the poverty and ideological conflict that gave rise to both war and the ensuing resistance. Along with many anti-colonial struggles, the connection between modernism and colonialism is studied. The presentation places a strong emphasis on female creators and professionals, such as female reviewers, curators, and collectors.

With works by, amongst others, Alvar Aalto, Emmy Andriesse, Karel Appel, Max Beckmann, Else Berg, Eva Besnyö, Jeanne Bieruma Oosting, Erwin Blumenfeld, Georges Braque, Marcel Breuer, Heinrich Campendonk, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Agoes Djaya, Otto Djaya, Theo van Doesburg, Max Ernst, Anneke van der Feer, Vincent van Gogh, George Grosz, Nola Hatterman, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, Mikhail Matyushin, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondriaan, Marlow Moss, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Gerrit Rietveld, Willem Sandberg, Oskar Schlemmer, Kurt Schwitters, Charley Toorop, Jan Toorop, Nicolaas Warb, Ossip Zadkine, and Piet Zwart. 

Everyday, Someday, and Other Stories covers the period from 1950 to 1980, which was marked by new possibilities and advancement as well as mass culture, pop culture, and consumerism. It demonstrates how, as artists start including mundane objects, behaviors, and events, art eventually becomes more relatable to daily life. It is also a time of feminism, idealism, powerful protest, and criticism of the status quo. Through diasporas, historically erased narratives make their way into the arts. Take, for instance, modern artwork from Suriname, a former Dutch colony.

The presentation includes works from, amongst others, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Armand Baag, Jo Baer, Mary Bauermeister, Lynda Benglis, Lee Bontecou, stanley brouwn, John Cage, Miguel-Ángel Cárdenas, Christo, Wim Crouwel, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Charles & Ray Eames, Sheila Hicks, Jacqueline de Jong, Ellsworth Kelly, Corita Kent, Yves Klein, Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, Bruce Nauman, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Verner Panton, Charlotte Perriand, Martha Rosler, Robert Ryman, Robert Saint-Brice, Cindy Sherman, Chavalit Soemprungsuk, Ettore Sottsass, Erwin de Vries, and Andy Warhol. 

In the decades since 1980, there have been many significant global transformations, including globalization, migration, decolonization, digitization, the expansion of the primary and secondary markets, and the recognition of various diasporas in art and society. Tomorrow is a Different Day presents the collection from 1980 to the present, highlighting works by international artists and designers who offer alternative perspectives. Artists use their work as a force for change because they are becoming more and more aware of the world around them. They share experiences that have relevance and resonance in our lives today by speaking up against oppression, questioning norms, and sharing stories of hope and longing.

On view are works by, amongst others, Francis Alÿs, El Anatsui, Belén, Harvey Bouterse, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Danielle Dean, Marlene Dumas, Esiri Erheriene-Essi, Jana Euler, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sheila Hicks, Remy Jungerman, Patricia Kaersenhout, Louise Lawler, Olia Lialina, Klara Lidèn, Jonas Lund, Steve McQueen, Yerbossin Meldibekov, Zanele Muholi, Marcel Pinas, Josephine Pryde, Walid Raad, Martine Syms, Tenant of Culture, Yulia Tsvetkova, Anna Uddenberg, and Don Yaw Kwaning.   

“The new collection display of the Stedelijk is about broadening the scope and providing alternative proposals for what used to be the history of art. Different and new narratives are intertwined, juxtaposing well-known works from the famous Stedelijk collection with newly acquired and at times rediscovered works. Matisse meets Saint-Brice and Abélard Gessner, El Anatsui teams up with Sigmar Polke and Sheila Hicks, Marlene Dumas, Louise Lawler and Cosima von Bonin unexpectedly confront Jeff Koons. Questions on gender are raised, diasporic lines become visible, and engagement touches viewers to the core.” —Rein Wolfs, Director Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 

Program highlights 2022–2024
Anne Imhof: YOUTH 
October 1, 2022–January 29, 2023 

Yto Barrada: Bad Color Combos 
October 22, 2022–March 5, 2023 

General Idea 
mid March–early July 2023 

Ellen Gallagher 
October 2023–early February 2024 

Nan Goldin: This Will Not End Well 
September 2023–January 2024 

Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief 
mid November 2023–February 2024 

Marina Abramović: Coming and Going 
Spring 2024 

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is supported by: Gemeente Amsterdam; VriendenLoterij

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10
The Netherlands
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