on August 14, 2006
Stedelijk MuseumDaily 10:00-6:00 pmAdmission: 9,00 euros (students 4,50)The Stedelijk is occupying a temporary home in an old post building near the Amsterdam Centraal. Its new building on Museumplein, set to be completed in 2008, will be quite a big deal. I'm sure they're looking forward to that, but in the meantime they're making do on three floors of that old building.The Stedelijk houses, shall we say, "experimental" art. You have to go in with an open mind. The museum starts on the second floor of the building: an exhibit on air travel. The history. The designs (flight attendant uniforms, airports, seats, even cutlery). The future. It especially focuses on the artistic element of all this practicality -- how and why things were designed the way they were.This is where I learned about the Boeing 787, coming in 2008, and I'm already excited to fly in it. There are several videos about air travel, models of planes and airports, and lots of photographs. The flight history timeline is also especially interesting. The detailed captions are all in Dutch and English.On the third floor we get into Andy Warhol and other artists. I saw Andy's stuff first, and it just got stranger after that. Don't miss the room with all the mutilated furniture. The video that tells the story of it all will give you nightmares. Enjoy.There's a Saskia Olde Wolbers exhibit. She makes videos. The images look computer generated, but as it turns out she makes all the sets by hand. They're beautiful, and each video is narrated. The stories are fiction, but they're inspired by real-life situations. The exhibit includes her works "Trailer" (2005), "Interloper" (2003), "Placebo" (2002), and "Kilowatt Dynasty" (2000).The 11th floor houses the cafe.Despite my preferences for art by the likes of Rubens and Picasso, I really enjoyed this museum. The air travel exhibit was especially fascinated. The best part was that it wasn't even especially crowded -- I visited in the middle of August, and I often found myself in rooms all alone.Check it out.
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