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When old and new come together ...

 

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.

When old and new come together ...

 

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.

comments (14)

I like the bathtub visual... Amazing place!
Philine: Many thanks, Elizabeth! Not all people like the bathtub annex, I find it funny.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Nov 2013, 03:52
Your montages are full of interesting things, Philine.
Philine: Many thanks, Ray!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Nov 2013, 06:33
I can see how one could spend a whole day here and become lost in its spaces & themes Philine
Philine: Yes, a fascinating museum full of funny, unconventional artworks, almost a sort of recreation after having seen all the world-famous, classical paintings in the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. The modern art is often quite more light-hearted.
  • Gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 28 Nov 2013, 06:56
I like both Kirchner and Judd Philine. On the right it looks like airplane parts. I thought at first that the sculpture was by Anna Maria Pacheco.
Philine: Yes, you are right: a bit "like airplane parts", but I like the 'bathtub'. Many thanks, Chad!
Very interesting Philine. A building you need to see I would think to really appreciate it or hate it grin
Philine: I'm sure you would like it. Many thanks, Bill!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Nov 2013, 08:31
A fine collection of images. I like the look of the "bathtub" and the beautiful brickwork around the large entrance.
Philine: Thank you kindly, Alan!
It looks like a wonderful building in it's own right, Philine. Interesting displays inside as well.
Philine: Yes, it is, you surely had some pleasure while visiting it. Thank you kindly, Pauline!
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 28 Nov 2013, 12:10
At first glance the bathtub stood out in an unpleasant way for me. The inside I would be delighted to see.
Philine: Yes, the 'bathtub' is not appreciated by all people, but I like it, and inside there are wonderful, colourful, crazy objects. Thank you very much, Mary!
lovely collage..nicely pieced together!
Philine: Many thanks, Ronky!
Thanks for these views. I hope to visi "Het Stedelijk" too in time.
Philine: Oh, dit zou een 'moet' zijn voor jou en Irmgard! Voor mij het Stedelijk is een van de mooiste moderne museums die ik in Europa ken - nodig en belangrijk nadat je de twee andere grote museums hebt bezocht die me bijna hebben overmeesteerd. Heel bedankt, Wim!
Looks like a very interesting building!
Philine: Yes, it is for persons who have a liking and interest in modern art (like me). Many thanks, Herr Prof. Wilson!
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 28 Nov 2013, 16:31
Glad you showed some of the art on the walls, Philine.
Philine: I can only recommend this museum - a kind of revelation after having seen the great ones like Rembrandt - the modern art in its experimental, critical, playful, provocative ...character must come as expression of new times! Many thanks, Richard!
I like the bathtub Philine! Very interesting collage.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Nov 2013, 19:19
What an interesting assortment you have chosen to show, Philine

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