Joseph Beuys was born in 1921, in Krefeld, Germany. During his school years in Kleve, Beuys was exposed to the work of Achilles Moortgat, whose studio he often visited, and was inspired by the sculptures of Wilhelm Lehmbruck. (more…)
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.
The Stedelijk Museum was founded in 1874 by a group of private citizens in Amsterdam, led by C.P. van Eeghen, who donated funds and their art collections to establish a museum in the capital of the Netherlands that would be devoted to modern art. The collection, housed at first at the Rijksmuseum, was moved in 1895 into the Museum’s own building, designed by A.W. Weissman.
Our collection, exhibitions, publications, research and educational programmes offer unique and compelling insights into today’s world, reflecting on broader social issues, as well as those that influence our individual lives.
In creating interactions between audiences and art, we draw inspiration from dialogues with artists. We explore the complex issues of past, present and future – as defined by artists and signalled by ourselves – to deliver a program that inspires. These activities are led by our active approach to sharing, caring for and renewing our renowned collection.
Within the Netherlands, we continually adapt and refine our role of pioneer in the field of art and design; internationally, our distinguished collection and exhibition programme enables us to act as a catalyst. We investigate and help to shape new directions and debate conventions rather than uphold them. The Stedelijk has always been, and remains, an advocate of fresh ideas and experimentation, encouraging critical discourse and a better understanding of the present through art and design.