The Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam opened it’s doors a couple of weeks ago after years of renovations. It was my first trip on Saturday and had a great time. Busy but not overcrowded and enjoyed walking through the permanent collection featuring work from the 1870’s to the 1960’s. Among the highlights, large scale work by Chagall and artists by the Cobra Group. Really enjoying the wall paintings by Karel Appel and there’s a wonderful wall drawing by Sol Lewitt (2003). Colourful stripes running in different directions instantly uplifting visitors.

On the ground floor there’s also a Design collection featuring industrial design, graphic art and applied arts. The layout reminded me of the Copenhagen design museum. Great posters, furniture, ceramics and glass.  The postwar modernism section particularly inspiring. Focus is international but there’s a particular emphasis on dutch influences notably work of the De Stijl group from the 1920’s. A personal favourite “Harrenstein Bedroom”, 1926, by Gerrit Rietveld.

Another highlight is the amazing tapestry in the entrance of the museum by Petra Blaisse and Marieke Van Den Heuvel. I assume made especially for the museum. Fits perfectly in the space.

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