Yes – it’s a museum. Yes – you can find it in all the other city guides as well. But: it is 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 has now reopened with a complete new look – architecturally spoken. 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 a tiring 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.
Just to name a few: a co-operation with Club Trouw (Contemporary Art Club) to cover the gap between club/dance/video culture and visual art in a series of events, or opening its own auditorium for a contemporary music – like the Subbacultcha event featuring contemporary sound artist Modern Witch the other day.
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 – which is something I appreciate.