Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam has always been on my ‘to do’ list. It is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.
Stedelijk is a place where everyone can discover and experience modern and contemporary visual art and design. It is a constant source of fresh ideas and experimentation. It encourages critical discourse and a better understanding of the present through creating interactions between audiences and art.
When I first visited back in 2015, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. It was a rich autumn full of interesting stories behind the changing exhibitions. Pieter and Marieke Sanders, art collectors, gifted over 100 artworks to the museum on of which the photo by Stephen Waddell, Man with a heavy sack. The project ‘A year at the Stedelijk’ was led by German/English artist Tino Sehgal. He makes live art and every month engages visitors with occasional conversations and choreographed actions. It was an unexpected experience I’ll always remember.
Yes, I dream of a better world.
Should I dream of a worse?
Yes, I desire a wider world.
Should I desire a narrower?
–Otto Piene, “Paths to Paradise” in ZERO 3 (July 1961)
Zero is silence. Zero is the beginning. Zero is round. Zero spins. Zero is the moon. The sun is Zero. Zero is white. The desert Zero. The sky above Zero. The night.
–excerpt from a 1963 poem by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker
Those are only two of the many quotes which represent the ZERO Movement.
In the ‘50s and ‘60s the ZERO artist’s group experimented with the most innovative materials and media. ZERO was a state of mind. The artists found each other in their search for radical new ways to make art. Their optimism can be seen in the historic survey of these timeless avant-gardes. I loved this groundbreaking presentation.
Photos by Nook Twelve