Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The art world has changed significantly in recent years. Major trends recognised by Ammodo and the Stedelijk Museum include the globalization of the art world, the increase of interdisciplinary practice and the influence of digitization. The larger institutions for contemporary art in the Netherlands have limited space to explore and display these artistic developments. Against this background, the two organisations are examining the possibilities for a new institution in Amsterdam that could address these newly identified needs.


Tentoonstellingsoverzicht, How Far How Near, 2014, photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij

In 2016 Ammodo and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will carry out research into the possibility of a new institution for contemporary art in Amsterdam. The aims of the research are to see what the artistic focus of such an institution could be in order to complement existing institutions and in what way it could contribute to the (inter-)national art scene.

In what way could a new institution contribute to the global artdebate?

The curators Sophie Goltz, Eungie Joo and Emily Pethick have been appointed to carry out the research together with a working group consisting of Bart van der Heide and Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) en Milou van Vlijmen (Ammodo). They will consider the legitimacy of any such institution, how both local and international art could be integrated into the project and how the art can relate to social developments, local partners and the public.

Ammodo is financing the research and, together with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, is responsible for the content of the study. The two organisations are working together to try to capture and showcase important developments in the art world.

Exhibition overview, How Far How Near, 2014, photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij
Exhibition overview, How Far How Near, 2014-2015, photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij
Lidwien van de Ven, Berlin 15/10/2013 (refugees), 2014

Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: “We believe it is important for Amsterdam to have somewhere that complements our own programme and bridges the gap between large institutions such as the Stedelijk and the broader field of contemporary art. Such an institution also needs to be complementary to the city’s current offerings, and to represent the culturally diverse and international profile of the city of Amsterdam and to connect with global art movements. Together with Ammodo, we intend to research whether we can create an inspiring meeting place for Amsterdam which can contribute to the city’s artistic climate”.

How Far How Near, 2014, photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij
How Far How Near, 2014, photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij