Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam - American Fund

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) A Project of S | KBFUS Funds

The largest museum of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands.


The Stedelijk Museum enriches people's lives with modern and contemporary art and design.


The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is the place where everyone can discover and experience modern and contemporary visual art and design. 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 programme 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.


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.

For its first decades, the Stedelijk maintained a diverse collection, which included works of contemporary Dutch and French masters but also period rooms and even the banners of citizens' militias. Beginning around 1920, however, the collection was culled and the focus concentrated more rigorously on modern and contemporary art, including pioneering collections and exhibitions of design and photography.

Already known to visitors from around the world because of its paintings by Vincent van Gogh (many of them later transferred to the Van Gogh Museum upon its creation), the Stedelijk began its rise to international prominence after 1945, when curator and designer Willem Sandberg became the Director. In addition to expanding the collection and working directly with many artists, Sandberg initiated an ambitious and far­sighted exhibition program that put the Stedelijk at the forefront of contemporary art institutions—a program that continued under Edy de Wilde (Director 1963– 1985), Wim Beeren (1985–1993), Rudi Fuchs (1993–2003) and Gijs van Tuyl (2005–2009) and that contributed greatly to the development of the Stedelijk's collection.

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