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Uncategorized 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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Uncategorized December 30th, 2014

How Far How Near: Photography and Context

As part of Global Collaborations, curator Jelle Bouwhuis put together an exhibition with works from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum. How Far How Near: The World in the Stedelijk  looks back at the contents and origins of the collection with an eye on works from regions beyond Europe and North America, and with a plea for greater attention to art from these regions. Photography has an important role in this exhibition. Mirjam Kooiman, as a curator in training at the Stedelijk, was closely involved in the development of the exhibition. In two short essays, she looks at the role that photography has played in our perceptions of the world beyond Europe. The second essay will follow in January.

Installatie exhibitionposters How Far How Near

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How Far How Near… Interview with Jelle Bouwhuis

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.

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Uncategorized September 11th, 2014

Collecting Geographies: Curatorial Challenges

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.

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Collecting Geographies: Close Reading of Collection Practices

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, art institutions, globalization and post-colonial discourse.

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With the virtue of hindsight, we take the opportunity here to look back and share some tentative conclusions with you in a series of reports on a variety of sessions in the conference – also, having seen the extent of the program, it is likely people might have missed some interesting sessions. A small team of spirited writers has documented the highlights, critical insights and challenging discussions of the conference. Last month you could read their impression of the opening event here, followed by a report on the discussion Thinking Globally: Museums, Art and Ethnography after the Global Turn in the Tropenmuseum. In the following text you can read Michelle Sachtler’s account of the session that zoomed in on concrete case studies explicating one of the main questions in the conference: How do museums incorporate a global idea of art in their collection and acquisition practices?

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