Stedelijk Museum /Amsterdam
"The Stedelijk Museum or as the Dutch call it short Stedelijk (Municipal), strives to be one of the most innovative and interesting museums of modern art in the entire world. After eight years of renovation and a construction of a new building next to the old one, the museum has reopened in September of 2012. ... The Stedelijk´s main building was built in the years 1891-1895 at Paulus Potterstraat, at the short walking distance from the Rijksmuseum, to house the collection of art and antiques left to the city by Sophia Augusta Lopez Suasso de Bruyn. It was designed by A.W.Weissman, Amsterdam city architect at the time. It was a period when Dutch architecture was searching for its values in the historical past. ... At the back of the Weissmann building, a similar in size modern building designed by the Dutch architect Mels Crouwel was added. Its form surprises the visitor as it looks like a huge bathtub, with the main entry to the museum now relocated to underneath, between the bathtub’s legs. The building’s form bluntly violates its beautiful neighbourhood – the old Stedelijk building, The Concertgebouw, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. On the other hand, the building gives an impression of being functional, at least on its ground level where it opens widely to the Museumsplein."
In my view it is one of the most fascinating modern museums I ever saw; some time ago I displayed some objects of its collection.
The depicted art works are by Constant and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (left), Donald Judd, Luc Tuymans' Queen Beatrix as sorrowful lady (middle), Karel Appel (right above); the 'bathtub' can be seen on the right.
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