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Beatrix Ruf

Stedelijk Museum Looking for a New Contemporary Art Venue in Amsterdam

The Stedelijk Museum and Ammodo, an agency that “initiates and supports projects that stimulate the development of art and science,” are working together to find a new contemporary art venue in Amsterdam. This venue will be a “repositioning” of the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam—scheduled to depart its current residence on July 1, 2016—which was started twenty-three years ago to offer emerging artists and curators a platform to engage with one another.

Curators Emily Pethick, Sophie Goltz, and Eungie Joo have been appointed to oversee a search that will consult assorted art professionals in the Netherlands and throughout the international art world. The search will begin with a gathering at the Stedelijk from June 17 through 19. Here, current themes in regard to contemporary art will be discussed during a panel discussion that will include Barbara Visser, artist and chair, Akademie van Kunsten, KNAW; artists Witte van Hulzen and Sander Breure; Vincent van Velsen, writer and curator; and Annet Zondervan, director of CBK Zuidoost.

“We feel it is vital to have a location in Amsterdam that augments our own program and acts as a bridge between major institutions like the Stedelijk and the contemporary field of art,” says Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk. “It must also enhance the city’s current program. The venue needs to reflect the city’s culturally diverse and international context, and connect with global art movements. Together with Ammodo, we look forward to investigating ways of creating an inspiring place that offers compelling artistic encounters in Amsterdam and contributes to the city’s thriving artistic climate.”

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