Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam | Best places in The Netherlands
I’ve been to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Dutch international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. Great place to visit, really a must see when you visit Holland. When I visited the museum, the exhibition ‘Marlene Dumas. The Image as Burden’ was held.
Museum Square in Amsterdam
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is located at the Museum Square near the centre of the city. It’s situated quite close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Concertgebouw. So it’s one of the places in Amsterdam where you can see, hear and experience as much art as you can bear.
The 19th century building of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam was designed by Adriaan Willem Weissman. The new 21st century wing with the current entrance was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects. The design of this new wing is referred to as "The Bathtub".
Ridiculous looking building
There was a lot of fuzz about this new building. Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times, wrote of the museum's addition: "I can't recall seeing a more ridiculous looking building than the new Stedelijk Museum." I really disagree with him, the building gives the Museum Square so much more cachet. But the word ‘bathtub’, hmmm, it fits more or less...
Modern and contemporary art
The collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam comprises modern and contemporary art and design from the early 20th century up to the 21st century. It features artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Karel Appel, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Marlene Dumas, Lucio Fontana, and Gilbert & George.
Marlene Dumas. The Image as Burden
I visited the exhibition ‘Marlene Dumas. The Image as Burden’ and found it quite impressive. With almost two hundred drawings and paintings it is the first major solo exhibition of Dumas in the Netherlands in 20 years. It’s a survey of the remarkable oeuvre of Marlene Dumas. This exhibition brings together her most important works. The title is derived from the work ‘The Image as Burden’ (1993), which refers to the conflict between the painterly gesture and the illusion of the painted image.
Love, death and longing
The exhibition examines the key themes that Dumas has developed throughout her artistic career. Themes as love, death and longing, and the use of texts and images found in the mass media are explored in many of her paintings.
Marlene Dumas: significant and influential painter
Marlene Dumas, who lives and works in Amsterdam, is considered one of the most significant and influential painters working today. With her work, she gives new content to the meaning that painting can still have today, in an era dominated by visual culture. Her intense, emotionally charged paintings and drawings address existentialist themes and often reference art historical motifs and current political issues.
You can visit the exhibition of the work of Marlene Dumas untill the 4th of january 2015.