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Stedelijk reopens after eight years’ of work

New building includes large glassed entrance opening onto Museumplein, upper-level galleries for temporary exhibitions in “bathtub” space and basement displays for permanent collection

The Stedelijk Museum reopens with a new building nicknamed “The Bathtub” designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects (Photo: John Lewis Marshall)

Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum is due to fully reopen on Sunday 23 September after eight years’ of work. The original 1895 building of the Modern and contemporary art museum has been refurbished and an extension added that overlooks the city’s Museumplein.

The new building, which was delayed partly because structural problems emerged during its construction, has been designed by Amsterdam-based Benthem Crouwel Architects. There are three main elements to the new building: a large glassed entrance, which opens onto Museumplein, upper-level temporary exhibition galleries in a structure nicknamed “The Bathtub” and a basement with a substantial display area for the permanent collection. Most of the €127m project has been funded by Amsterdam’s city council.

The inaugural exhibition, “Beyond Imagination”, is a show of work by emerging Amsterdam artists (23 September-11 November). A Mike Kelley retrospective follows (15 December-1 April 2013). The show of the late US artist, who died earlier this year, will go on to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA PS1 in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Inside the entrance of the new Stedelijk, where the new structure meets the old 1895 brick building (Photo: John Lewis Marshall)
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