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Made in Commons Events

Monday 20 January - Thursday 23 January 2014

Read-in, Regimes of Memorizing

Read-in (Hyunju Chung, Annette Krauss, Laura Pardo and Serena Lee) invites you to join Regimes of Memorizing, a three-day workshop and presentation. During these days, Read-in will continue its research into the implications of collective reading and the situatedness of any kind of reading activity.

Monday 20 January - Thursday 23 January 2014
Location: Casco Storefront, Voorstraat 88, Utrecht
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday, 23 January 2014
Location: SMBA
5 p.m.


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Wouldn't it be nice to live like an art object... or thank you for taking (a)part

Performance by Maja Bekan
Location: SMBA
5 p.m.

Wouldn’t it be nice to live like an art object…or thank you for taking (a)part is a conversation piece in the format of ‘the artist talk’, between the artist’s mother and her peers. It aims to investigate the artist’s role as a producer and promoter.

Amsterdam Art Weekend 2013

Friday 29 November - Sunday 1 December 2013

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam participates in the Amsterdam Art Weekend 2013. During this weekend SMBA’s opening hours are extended.

The Amsterdam Art Weekend 2013 is the second edition of an annual event in which 40 leading galleries and the city’s best known art institutions present the talent and inspiration that Amsterdam has to offer. SMBA participates with the international group exhibition 'Made in Commons'.

The Amsterdam Art Weekend coincides with the RijksakademieOpen. Other participating art institutions are amongst others De Ateliers, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and de Appel Arts Centre. The Amsterdam Art Weekend is an initiative of Capital A.

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Opening hours of SMBA:
29 November : 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
30 November : 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
1 December: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

‘Collecting Geographies – Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art’

Conference dates: 13–15 March 2014
Deadline for papers: 30 September 2013

Key-note speakers / panel participants: James Clifford, Sarat Maharaj, Kader Attia, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Daniel Birnbaum and other directors of collaborating museums

Organized by Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ASCA/ACGS University of Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Folkwang Museum, Essen; Tropen Museum, Amsterdam

Proposed admittance fee: 100 EUR
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Spaces of Exception in Moscow

SMBA presents the group exhibition 'Spaces of Exception' in Artplay, Moscow. This extensive presentation is a spacial Project of the Moscow Biennial and takes place as part of the Dutch-Russian Year. The exhibition is also the host for the lecture and debate program Dutch Art Assembly on 11, 16 and 17 September.

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Scenographies Prologues Reading Group

As a part of the Scenographies programme a series of Prologues will be held in SMBA. Prologues were used as a dramatic device in Elizabethan theatre, setting the scene for each act in the play. Adapting this strategy in a discursive manner, curator and researcher Alexandra Landré will engage each contributor to the Scenographies programme in a series of Prologues. Creating a context around each project, these discussions will bring new insights, draw in theoretical debates, and raise some probing questions concerning the possibilities of public artistic and archival approaches.

A reading group will preceed each public Prologue. If you would like to join the group and receive readings please send an email:
Please note that there is limited capacity of places.

Call for BijlmAIR 2014

BijlmAIR is the Artist-in-Residence Programme of Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost (CBK Zuidoost – center of visual arts), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) and Stichting FLAT (FLAT foundation).

For 2014 BijlmAIR invites artists and other cultural producers to live and work temporarily in Amsterdam Southeast. This period can be used for project research or for realisation of a project or work of art, following a relevant proposal made by the applicant. The selection committee of the participating organisations decides which proposals will be chosen.
The residency needs to relate to the transnational and intercultural society of Amsterdam Southeast. This can be done on all kinds of levels – urban, sociological, economical, historical, etc. The programme is primarily meant for young artists from the Netherlands and abroad, who finished their art education recently and are almost ready to enter the circuit of the larger art institutions. BijlmAIR aims to present the different residencies in 2014 at the end of the year.
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Lecture by Joshua Simon

August 27 2013
Time: 8:00 P.M.

Together with Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam organizes a lecture of Joshua Simon on the occasion of his new book Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013).

Since the so-called dematerialization of currencies and art practices in the late 1960s and early 1970, we have witnessed a move into what can be called an economy of neomaterialism, where our role is to absorb surpluses. With this, several shifts have occurred: the commodity has become the historical subject, the focus of labor has shifted from production to consumption, and symbols now behave like materials. With, debt, rather than alienation, as the underlining notion forming our relation to things, the presentation and following will explore the language of those things through dialectical materialism and the dialect of material.
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This Summer no exhibition in SMBA

The first next exhibition in SMBA is ‘Scenographies’. This project centers on the archive of the former organization for art in public space, SKOR. Opening on 14 September.

Save the date: Lecture by art theorist Joshua Simon on 27 August in SMBA.

Diego Tonus – Processing Authorities

3 July – 7 July 2013

Opening: 3 July, 6-9 p.m.

Diego Tonus’s Processing Authorities is a work in progress that concentrates on gavels as symbolic instruments used to install and process authority. The starting point for the work is a unique and obscure collection of gavels that belongs to the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam. These hammers were used in assemblies of Dutch emancipatory movements in the 19th and 20th centuries for calling the meeting to order or marking the conclusion of collective decisions. The Institute collected the hammers over the years when they became redundant as the organizations dissolved. This is the first time that all of the 52 hammers have been presented to the public outside the IISH.
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noa language school

25, 26, 29 June 2013
at Goleb, Studio Amsterdam, Zina and de Vlugt: 25th and 26th of June
at SMBA: 29th of June
at Hakata Senpachi: 29th of June

with: Ahmet Ögüt (The Silent University), Anna Dasovic & Sarah Jones, Angela Serino, Esther Kempf, Fadi El Tofeili, Francesco Bernardelli, Grupa Spomenik/ The Monument Group (Jelena Petrovic & Jelena Vesic), Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Marianna Maruyama, Marianne Flotron, Marie Frampier, Martine Neddam, Mounira Al Solh, Nicoline van Harskamp.

City: Amsterdam
Locations: Goleb, Studio Amsterdam, Zina and de Vlugt, SMBA and Japanese Restaurant Hakata Senpachi.
Attendance to the school’s activities is free and open to everybody. However, we kindly ask you to make a reservation by sending an e-mail to:

noa language school is an art project initiated by artist Mounira al Solh and curator Angela Serino. noa tries to create a different approach in language education starting from the experience of living (in)between two or more languages.
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BijlmAIR: Clarence Albert - Artist talk and BBQ

Saturday June 8, 16.00-22.00
Address: Florijn 42, Amsterdam Zuidoost
Entrance: Free

Join us in the Bijlmer for an artist talk by Clarence Albert in which he will tell about his own work and the artist collective ROX in Zambia which he is part of. Drinks and snacks from 16.00, the talk starts at 17.00 after which there will be more time for discussion, drinks and BBQ.
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Presentation and interview Wilfredo Prieto

June 6, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Language: English
Admission free, reservations through:

Together with visual artist and researcher Paula Salas SMBA has organized an artist talk and an interview with Wilfredo Prieto, one of the participating artists in the current exhibition The Right to the City. The interview will be preceded by a brief introduction by guest curator Madelon van Schie.

As a nomadic artist active in various parts of the world Prieto has developed a visual idiom that coincides with an international artistic language. Although his work can sometimes still be connected to a local Cuban background, one can perceive a trend towards a more universally bound idiom in his art. How does Prieto manage to preserve his ‘signature’? And what strategies does he use to address local or global issues in ways that are meaningful for the specific communities that relate to his works? These are some questions that will be raised during the interview.
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Renzo Martens: The Institute for Human Activities

May 26, 2013, 4 – 5:30 pm

Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Language: English
Entrance: Entrance price to Stedelijk Museum + € 2.50
Reservations: It is necessary to make a reservation. Send an e-mail to, stating your full name, e-mail address, telephone number, and the date of the program you want to attend.

In collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, the Stedelijk Museum presents an afternoon devoted to The Institute for Human Activities, a new art institute founded by visual artist and filmmaker Renzo Martens. Martens will give a lecture describing the project in detail and then answer questions from the audience. At the end of the program, Martens will be presented with the Cultural Foundation Documentary Grant, recently awarded to him by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation.
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The exhibition ‘Hollandaise’ opens in Dakar

10 April – 1 June 2013

Opening: Wednesday 10 April, 6:30 – 9 pm.

RAW Material Company, Dakar, Senegal

It is with great pride that SMBA announces the exhibition 'Hollandaise, a journey into an iconic fabric' in RAW Material Company, Dakar. The exhibition was on show at SMBA from 3 November 2012 until 6 January 2013. The background of the exhibition 'Hollandaise' is the long-standing economic relations between the Netherlands and the African continent. The title refers to the colorful printed fabrics that are exported from the Netherlands to Africa, and therefore popularly known as Hollandaise or Dutch Wax. It was Dutch textile enterprises such as Vlisco which developed commercial applications for Javanese batik in the 19th century, and found their largest market in West Africa. Today the brightly colored fabric is regarded as typically African. But in fact it is the result of complex globalization processes that right down to this day exhibit colonial features.

Koyo Kouoh is the curator of Hollandaise, which was commissioned by SMBA in the framework of 'Project 1975'.
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BijlmAIR : Maria Guggenbichler, SISTER FROM ANOTHER MISTER

1 April – 30 April 2013

BijlmAIR studio/apartment, Florijn 42

SISTER FROM ANOTHER MISTER is an events and research program, set up by the current BijlmAIR resident, the artist Maria Guggenbichler. SISTER is taking place during the whole month of April 2013 in and around the BijlmAIR premises in Florin 42, Amsterdam De Bijlmer.
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Lecture Dr. Bert Hoppe

Saturday 23 March
3 - 5 p.m.
Language: English
Admission free, reservations through:

In the context of the exhibition Border Theories, the historian and Russia expert Dr. Bert Hoppe will give a lecture about the ‘virtual history’ of Kaliningrad and the politics of reconstruction. In this lecture he will give an outlook on the relation between politics and urban planning under Soviet administration between 1945 and 1970.
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The Rise now on show in MAMAM, Recife, Brazil

The Rise by Fischer and El Sani will be on show in their solo exhibition Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani in MAMAM The Patio, of Museu de Arte Moderne in Recife, Brazil, from February 28 until April 27, 2013. In the Spring of 2007 the work The Rise by Fischer and El Sani, was on show in SMBA.
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Jérôme Chazeix resident at BijlmAIR

Jérôme Chazeix (France / Germany, 1976) is the first resident of the BijlmAIR program in 2013. His research focuses on elements of parallel worlds such as alchemy and esotericism and results, through the use of versatile media including sculpture, fashion and techno music, in the achievement of an encyclopedic gesamtkunstwerk.
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Partial closure on Tuesday 26 March

Tuesday 26 March Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam will be open just between 2 and 3 p.m. due of the Masterclasses of János Sugár and Oliver Marchart, part of symposium 'Event in Artistic and Political Practices' organized by LAPS and ASCA, held in SMBA.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this partial closure.

Bruno Latour’s Politics of Nature Reading Group in SMBA

This interdisciplinary reading group will focus on Politics of Nature: How to Brings the Sciences into Democracy, a book by the French sociologist and philosopher Bruno Latour.
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Wendelien van Oldenborgh's La Javanaise at the Berlinale

7 - 17 February 2013
8th Forum Expanded, Berlin

The work La Javanaise (2012) that Wendelien van Oldenborgh made for the exhibition 'Hollandaise' in SMBA, is currently on show in the group exhibition 'Waves vs. Particles' in Berlin. La Javanaise was filmed in the Royal Tropical Institute and explores the inextricable ties between colonialism and globalization, authenticity, imagination and performance, in the context of Dutch Wax and its origins.
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Am I Black

Thursday 24 January
Starting 4:30 p.m.
Language: Dutch
Admission free, reservations through:

with: Dr. Aspha Bijnaar, Sara Blokland, Remy Jungerman, Charl Landvreugd, Rob Perrée, Macha Roesink and Annet Zondervan.

Is there space in the Netherlands and on the European continent in general, to make local ethnic issues part of the local art discourse on the basis of issues coming from the Black community? And, in this way establish an Afro-European thinking about art that could be part of the general art policies?
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Global Collaborations

SMBA and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam announce the launch of their three-year project Global Collaborations, inspired by similar research and exhibition programs developed over the past four years by SMBA. The project enables the museum to engage with the progressively “internationalizing” contemporary arts, with a special focus on emerging regions, such as Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. It will entail collaborations with experimental, open-minded, and versatile art initiatives and institutions to support research, exhibitions, publications, and various public events.
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Onomatopee and Serge Onnen present: Book launch ‘The Lost Cent’

Thursday 10 January
Starting 5:30 p.m.
Admission free, reservations through:

A drawn & drilled graphic novel about the smallest monetary currency


5:30 p.m.: Doors open

6:00 p.m.: Talking cents
with Hans van Houwelingen (collector of coins), Olav Velthuis (Sociologist and Anthropologist of the University of Amsterdam) and Serge Onnen

Followed by: Hobo nickel sounds by Arie Altena (banjo)
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