ABOUT STEDELIJK TURNS
This digital platform serves as a multifunctional and multidisciplinary catalogue and live magazine accompanying the Stedelijk Turns presentations in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Here you will find:
- Introductions to the presentations
- In-depth essays
- Galleries with images and additional information
- Audio fragments
The initiative Stedelijk Turns centers around approaching, interpreting, and presenting the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in an experimental way with no distinction between art and design. The project also examines the rich history of the institute and its archives. In this way, the collection becomes activated. Because current artistic and socio-political issues are the resources for our presentations the collection will be used to shape a theme rather than the other way around.
The development of current, original perspectives and (exhibition) models is key, in addition to the cooperation with other (art) institutions, universities, researchers, curators and experts outside the artistic field. Stedelijk Turns will generate presentations on the ground floor of the monumental museum building between 2017 and 2020.
Each editorial group that is responsible for a thematic presentation within the Stedelijk Turns program will expand upon the themes. As the Stedelijk Turns presentations expand over time, so will this platform. If you would like to receive updates please subscribe to our Academic Newsletter.
STEDELIJK TURNS IN 2017
2017 marks a hundred years since the founding of De Stijl, a legendary group of artists and architects that revolved around Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld. Museums from all over the Netherlands will be celebrating this special year. Throughout the course of 2017 the Stedelijk will focus on the unexpected sides of De Stijl, such as an exhibition highlighting the work of De Stijl defector Chris Beekman.
The second theme is also the second centenary of 2017: the Russian Revolution. The Stedelijk is commemorating this centenary through a presentation featuring posters, printed matter, films, and art from the collection.
The third theme which will be investigated in 2017 under the umbrella of Stedelijk Turns is the concept of migration. Under the influence of globalization and increased mobility and migration, contemporary society has become more complex and, in some ways, more fragmented. On the basis of the Stedelijk Museum collection, ideas about migration and the changing society can be approached from different artistic positions. This research into the collection not only provides insight into how our understanding of non-Western countries and cultures has changed in the 20th century, but also into the (Eurocentric) collecting policy of the museum.