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The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, showing the original and new buildings, photo by Ernst van Deursen
The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, showing the original and new buildings,
photo by Ernst van Deursen

ANN GOLDSTEIN DEBUTS EXPANDED STEDELIJK

Apr. 3, 2012

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New Stedelijk Museum director Ann Goldstein -- the first American to hold the post in the institution's 138-year history -- rolled into New York City for a special press breakfast at the Landmarc cafe on the third floor of the Time Warner Center on Apr. 3, 2012.

The expanded and renovated Stedelijk is finally reopening to the public on Sept. 23, 2012, and Goldstein was doing the briefing. Her museum is designed to be "alive and active and artist-centered," she said, quoting artist Lawrence Weiner about "the invaluable role artists can play in society." One highlight of the reconfigured Dutch municipal museum, which sits on an urban greensward along with the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, is that all support services have been moved into the new expansion, allowing A.W. Weissman's 1895 structure, with its emblematic red bricks with stripes of white, to be entirely devoted to art exhibitions.

The 10,000-square-meter annex, designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crowel Architects, may take some getting used to. An inverted trapezoidal volume covered with a seamless, white space-age composite, the new wing looks like an alien spaceship in drydock. In an era of bizarre museum designs, this one is a headliner.

The wing has an overhang that provides a 2,000-square-meter sheltered outdoor plaza, which can be used for programmed activities. It also houses temporary exhibitions, including the premiere show, "Beyond Imagination," featuring new projects by 20 artists, most based in Amsterdam.

A highlight of the fall slate is "Mike Kelley: Themes and Variations from 35 Years," opening Dec. 15, 2012. A major retrospective of the late artist, the survey is organized by guest curator Eva Meyer-Hermann and includes 250 works. The show is scheduled to appear at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA PS1 in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A.

While she is in New York, Goldstein is doing more than briefing the press. She receives the Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College at the CCS Bard gala on Apr. 4, 2012.

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The Stedelijk Museum, section drawing, Benthem Crouwel Architects
The Stedelijk Museum, section drawing, Benthem Crouwel Architects

 





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