How Far, How Near: The World in the Stedelijk opened on 18 September, with works from the Stedelijk Museum collection and new work by Godfried Donkor and Lidwien van de Ven, created especially for this exhibition. The exhibition argues on behalf of greater attention to art from regions beyond Europe and North America. Recent acquisitions of works by African artists raise the question of why, in the past, the museum’s collection and exhibition policies have been so geographically limited? Christel Vesters, art critic and editor of ‘Global Collaborations Journal’, interviewed Jelle Bouwhuis, head curator of the exhibition, about the background to How Far, How Near.
On 13,14 and 15 March 2014, the Stedelijk Museum organized the conference Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art in collaboration with ASCA/ACGS of the University of Amsterdam, the Moderna Museet Stockholm, the Folkwang Museum Essen and the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam. With over 80 papers , lectures and panel discussions, the conference offered a kaleidoscopic overview of the topical issues and questions that are currently at stake in the relation between museums, globalization and post-colonial discourse.
With the virtue of hindsight, we take the opportunity to look back and share some tentative conclusions with you in a series of reports. A small team of spirited writers has documented the highlights, critical insights and challenging discussions of the conference. ln the following report Michelle Sachtler gives her impression of a session dedicated to curatorial projects and endeavours taking place under challenging and at times impossible geopolitical, cultural and economical circumstances.