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 the reason it’s interesting enough to include it in my articles and my activities is mainly because it’s geared 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 offers an insight into what’s really going on in contemporary culture.
I am really looking forward to the upcoming exhibition starting 26th November: Jump into the Future – Art from the 90’s and 2000’s. This looks exciting yet familiar – this is art from my art school times: electronic, digital, lights and colorful, club culture. Everything jumped into, and embraced the upcoming digital area, with all the new technologies. We will see how the presentation really will be – times at least were exciting then…