Stedelijk Museum in Netherlands to reopen in September after renovation
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Stedelijk Museum in Netherlands to reopen in September after renovation

29 Mar 2012

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands is scheduled to open in September this year, following the completion of a renovation and expansion project.

Stedelijk Museum in Netherlands

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands is scheduled to open in September this year, following the completion of a renovation and expansion project.

The museum building, established in 1895, has been undergoing renovation since 2004.

Designed by A.W. Weissman, the complete renovation of the museum has converted all of its programme spaces into galleries.

Museum director, Ann Goldstein, said: "With this long-awaited opening, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will reaffirm and strengthen its place among leading international art institutions, cast light on today’s Amsterdam as a centre of artistic experimentation and bring new life to the Museumplein, one of the world’s most important cultural landscapes."

The renovated museum will feature a 10,000m² new building designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects to provide additional space to host temporary exhibitions, as well as new amenities.

The added building appears from the outside as an oblong shaped smooth white structure, canted upward at one end and supported on white columns.

The building spreads outside at the top into a broad, flat roof providing a cover for second floor galleries, an auditorium and offices.

The structure is covered in glass at the ground-floor level, which houses the main entrance and lobby, bookstore and restaurant.

The roof of the new building features an overhang creating a 2,000m² shelter or outdoor plaza at ground level, which can also host programmes.

The museum’s new design re-orients the entire museum to the public lawn of the neighbouring Museumplein (Museum Plaza) creating a common ground for Stedelijk and the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Concertgebouw.

After opening, half of the ground floor space in the building is planned to be used for an installation of visual arts from the 1870s to the 1960s spread across a dozen galleries.

 

Image: The renovated museum will feature a 10,000m² new building to provide additional space to host temporary exhibitions, as well as new amenities. Photo: bMA