The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam recently re-opened after a major refurbishment. It's all very nice, if a little bit predictable - white walls, wood floors, hanging walls and ceilings, translucent white blinds on sandblasted windows, contemporary minimal restaurant, lots of visitors wearing the mandatory black clothing, and so on. I thought a bit joyless, but to be fair one Dutch friend says its more fun when they have events there.
One day soon someone will open a landmark contemporary art museum that manages to escape from the orthodox aesthetic of monochrome minimalism. I look forward to that day!
|Mandatory Richard Serra sculpture outside, without which no museum of contemporary art is complete.|
|People in dark clothes being drawn towards the light of a Dan Flavin installation|
|A long chat in front of Barnet Newman - they were still there 15 minutes later.|
Perhaps they are an installation.
|Some German girls enjoying Martin Kippenburger|
|A tour group being told what to think about Henri Matisse|
|Man trying to photograph the green bit of an Ellsworth Kelly|
A piece that particularly caught my attention was this:
|Green Egg, Kenneth Price, 1962 (USA)|