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4 Sep-5 Dec: ‘EXPRESSIONISM. COLONIALISM’, Kirchner & Nolde

The work of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde is famous for its unconventional portrayals of people, landscapes and objects rendered in bold colours and energetic brushstrokes. What is the relationship between the two Expressionists’ distinctive visual style and the colonial reality from which it emerged? This major exhibition zooms in on the stories behind the subjects portrayed in their work. It examines Kirchner’s and Nolde’s art within the context of the history and ideologies of the time, and explores its ties with people, cultures and objects from outside Europe. How do we look at these works today from a postcolonial perspective?

Currently on show: ‘Tomorrow is a different day – collection 1980-now

‘Tomorrow is a Different Day’ spotlights art and design from the collection, from 1980 to the present, by international artists and designers who are helping to shape the changes of today and tomorrow. They challenge the status quo and offer alternative perspectives.
The presentation of art and design from before 1980 is on view at the collection presentation Stedelijk BASE.

25 Sep-31 Oct: The best designed books

2 Oct-9 Jan 2022: ‘Betweenness, Oliver Laric

Starting 2 Oct: Now you see me Moria

Until 24 Oct: Bruce Nauman

In collaboration with Tate Modern, the Stedelijk Museum presents the largest overview of the American artist Bruce Nauman in the Netherlands up to now. This exhibition spans a period of more than fifty years. The selection includes works that have rarely or never been shown, works that propelled his creative focus in a new direction and spatial works that invite the viewer to share in an immersive experience.

About Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is the place where everyone can discover and experience modern and contemporary visual art and design.


The aim of the Stedelijk is to enrich people’s lives with art. The collection, exhibitions, publications, research and educational programmes offers unique and compelling insights into today’s world and highlight topics that impact our societies and individual lives.

The interactions between audiences and art are driven by dialogues with artists. The Stedelijk Museum explores complex topics of yesterday, today and tomorrow – as defined by artists and signaled by themselves – in an adventurous programme. This vision is guided by a fresh, energetic approach to displaying, caring for and renewing our world-famous collection. 

The Stedelijk Museum builds memories for the future. 

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman