Yes – it’s a museum. Yes – you can find it in all the other city guides as well. But: it’s definitely a part of Amsterdam and part of my scope of activities here in Amsterdam.
First of all – it has been rejuvenated. After being closed for renovation for 5 years it reopened with a complete new look – architecturally speaking. While the old facade at the Paulus-Potterstraat remains the same, the back side and now official entry has been transformed dramatically; the whole building resembles a giant bathtub! Architecturally speaking it’s pretty interesting – you may like it or not.
A café with a terrace, a nice book/gift shop, enough to spend some leisurely time after the museum visit. But why it is interesting enough to include it in my articles, and my activities – that is mainly due to its activities towards a younger audience, a wider contemporary approach than an art museum usually has.
So besides just being a museum with modern and contemporary art, Het Stedelijk tries to offer an insight into what’s really going on in contemporary culture.
Until 21st of May: Ed van der Elsken, a true Amsterdam street photographer – he was active in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – I stumbled upon his videos on Youtube, and the simplistic street (people) imagery made me travel back in time back to the days when I first came to Amsterdam: colorful people, crazy artists, girls on tram stations, everyday scenes, yet full of magic and curiosity.