Collection Global Collaborations January 21st, 2015

Expanding the Stedelijk Museum Photography Collection: The Problematic Principle of Collecting Geographies

What does the world look like from inside the Stedelijk? This question formed the starting point for How Far How Near, an exhibition that investigates how the (non-Western) world is represented and/or presented in the museum’s various collections and exhibitions. How Far How Near takes a modest selection from one of the important genres represented in the photography collection, the tradition of documentary and journalistic photography. This cluster shows a specific geopolitical reality, namely that until very recently, in the policy that has underscored the photography collection, ‘the world’ has been represented through the lenses of Western photographers. This has been changing in recent decades. What is it that this expansion of geographical field of view and positions offers? What patterns and expectations are being created by this change on the parts of Western museums? And what changes has this affected in how we form images, and in the possibilities for self-representation by ‘the Other’ in the Stedelijk Museum?

Walid Raad, Already been in a lake of fire, 2011

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Global Positions January 13th, 2015

Art, Capital and Avant-Garde

In conjunction with the solo exhibition Three Exchanges by Amsterdam-based artist Zachary Formwalt, currently on view at the SMBA, the Stedelijk/SMBA teamed up with De Balie for a panel discussion on Art, Capital and Avant-Garde. The discussion focused on the intermingling of the art world and the financial world: How do we value the financial worth versus the social worth of an artwork? And how can we transfer such values as ‘critical’ or ‘experimental’ in a meaningful way? In addition to Zachary Formwalt – whose work deals extensively with the often invisible workings of the financial market – the panel consisted of museum director Beatrix Ruf, scholar Olav Velthuis, and the co-founder of Frieze, Matthew Slotover. Steyn Bergs reports.

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