Stedelijk Museum

by Tanja
Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum is Amsterdam’s museum of modern art. The museum showcases an impressive collection of iconic pieces of art. On show is work from artists like Kandinksy, Warhol, Matisse, Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Chagall, Jeff Koons and Dutch stars like Mondrian and Karel Appel. A large part of the Amsterdam museum of modern art is dedicated to temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

Amsterdam’s modern art museum: the ‘Stedelijk’

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam started to actively buy art from the 1930s onwards. The modern art museum in Amsterdam, or as the locals call it: the ‘Stedelijk, created the biggest collection of modern and contemporary art of The Netherlands. Objects include textiles, ceramics, posters, furniture, photography, paintings, and sculptures.


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Kandinksy, Warhol, Willem de Kooning

The Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum has gathered a truly impressive modern art collection. The museum of modern art has works from Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Cézanne, Chagall, Marlene Dumas, Edward Kienholz, Jeff Koons, Malevich, Picasso, Pollock and many Dutch artists like Willem de Kooning, Karel Appel, Gerrit Rietveld, and Mondrian.

Stedelijk Base

Stedelijk, Amsterdam modern art museum
Experimental showcase of Amsterdam’s museum of modern art collection.

The impressive collection of iconic works is on show at all times at the museum. In the basement, there is Stedelijk Base, featuring around 700 pieces. The art is grouped around an art movement from the past, like De Stijl, Bauhaus, CoBrA, pop art and Abstract Expressionism or around a social theme or an influential artist.

The Bathtub

The building itself consists of the old building, dating back to 1895 and the new wing. The new wing is shaped like a huge smooth-white bathtub. The design is a controversial creation by Mels Crouwel of the Dutch company Benthem Crouwel Architects. The museum had been closed from 2004 and reopened after many delays in 2012.  The design is called by locals: ‘the bathtub’. Outside the Stedelijk there is Richard Serra’s extraordinary 11.5-meter-high steel sculpture ‘Sight Point’.

Opening Times Stedelijk Museum

The Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum is open every day from 10.00 am till 6.00 pm. On Friday you can visit the Amsterdam modern art museum until 10 pm (22.00 hours).

The souvenir shop, entrance, and restaurant are open for the public without a ticket. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 8.30 am till midnight.

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Hans Bagnay July 4, 2011 - 09:32

Well, welcome to the world. If u want anything done properly, listen to the Dutch and wait for years. At the end though it will be allright for years to come. Hans Bagnay from Amsterdam.

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