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'Bad song' by Yassine Balbzioui

Wednesday 19 December, 5 pm
Florijn 42
Amsterdam Zuidoost

'Bad song' is a result of Balbzioui’s two month BijlmAIR residence, a residence of CBK Zuidoost, SMBA en Stichting FLAT. The ensemble of works in the presentation– paintings, watercolours, and videos - show a complete panorama of his artistic practice, and his universe.
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Amsterdam Art Weekend in SMBA

30 November, 1 & 2 December 2012

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam participates in the Amsterdam Art Weekend 2012. During this weekend SMBA’s opening hours are extended.

The Amsterdam Art Weekend 2012 is the first edition of an annual event in which 27 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 ‘Hollandaise’, guest-curated by Koyo Kouoh.

The Amsterdam Art Weekend coincides with the RijksakademieOpen event. Other participating art institutions are 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:
30 November & 1 December: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
2 December: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Museumnacht in SMBA

Saturday night November 3, from 19.00 to 2.00 am

Hollandaise Talkshow with: Aynouk Tan, Marga Weimans, Naomi Spieker, Jos Arts, and Godfried Donker.

* access only with Museumn8 passepartout

8:00 – 8:45 p.m.: Naomi Spieker and Marga Weimans (in Dutch)

9:00 – 10:00 p.m.: First round of guided tours

10:00 – 10:45 p.m.: Godfried Donkor and Jos Arts
(in English)

11:00 p.m.– 0:00 a.m.: Second round of guided tours

More information on our Dutch page.

Time, Trade & Travel – Interviews, a lecture and guided tours

Sunday, 30 September 2012
Lecture by Rhoda Woets

Sunday, 7 October 2012
Katarina Zdjelar interviewed by Maria Hlavajova

Sunday, 21 October 2012
Zachary Formwalt interviewed by Sven Lütticken

All lectures/interviews start at 5 p.m.
Preceded by a guided tour through the exhibition at 4 p.m.
Language: English
Admission free, reservations through:

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam presents a program of events during the exhibition ‘Time, Trade & Travel’. Guided tours by the SMBA staff, a lecture and two artist talks on three Sunday afternoons will highlight various backgrounds of the exhibition and individual works in the show.
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Call for BijlmAIR 2013

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 2013 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 2013 at the end of the year.
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Flying Boxes etc.

Sunday, 12 August 2012
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

This Sunday, ‘The Memories Are Present’ exhibition closes with Flying Boxes etc., a lecture/performance by Christoph Westermeier. During the event, Westermeier illustrates and comments on the development of object photography over the past 60 years. Absurd image compositions, errant shadows and flying objects will be the focus of the event.

Flying Boxes etc. illuminates the artistic work process that informs and precedes Westermeier’s final works, one of which is presented in ‘The Memories Are Present’. The artist contributed the installation Barbarian & Classics to this exhibition, consisting of photographs he made of postcards and other image resources depicting objects from diverse museum collections. Westermeier re-photographed these resources according to his own, overtly subjective, standards. Generally speaking, Westermeier’s work emphasizes exactly those technical mistakes which professional object photographers try to avoid or conceal through manipulation.

Sunday afternoon will also be the last chance to see Westermeier’s Barbarian & Classics in this exhibition, which further features an installation by Artun Alaska Arasli and a selection of works by Pauline M’barek.

The lecture/performance will be in English.

Symposium What is a 'Postcolonial Exhibition’? now online

The complete video registration of the symposium What is a 'Postcolonial Exhibition’? of 25 May, is now online. Speakers were, among others, Abdellah Karroum, Chris Dercon, Elena Sorokina, What, How and for Whom (WHW), Jelle Bouwhuis, Jesus Maria Carrillo Castillo, Johannes Fabian, Kofi Setordji, Margriet Schavemaker, Irit Rogoff and Wendelien van Oldenborgh. The symposium focused on the role of art institutions vis-à-vis the colonial past and post-colonial present.

All information about the symposium and the video registrations of the lectures and discussions are accessible through SMBA’s Project ‘1975’ blog

'A Festival of Choices' at SMBA

Opening: 11 July, 6-9 p.m.

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam welcomes Sandberg student Ina Marie Schmidt during A Festival of Choices, organized by the Master of Fine Arts of the Sandberg Institute. As part of their graduation, students of the Sandberg each present their work in a different gallery or art space across Amsterdam. Ina Marie Schmidt will show her graduation work Stille Post for five days in the exhibition space of SMBA.

A Festival of Choices emphasizes the relationships and choices made by the graduating student among the diverse institutions and organizations in the cultural landscape of Amsterdam. For other presentations and their locations, please consult the website
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Really exotic?

Date: Sunday, 17 June 2012
Time: 4:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Kriterion, Roetersstraat 170 1018 WE Amsterdam
Admission: €5, free with Cineville pas
Reservation via Kriterion: 020-6231708

What is still regarded as exotic in our day of media globalization, 24-hour news of the world and Google Earth? In an experimental and inquiring way, the videos presented in this programme take us along on a visual, transcultural expedition in search of the exotic. The programme does not aim to find an ultimate proof or meaning of the exotic. Rather a variety of perspectives are brought together to show the multiple understandings and uses of this burdened concept. In each film a form of the exotic comes to the fore, but every time in a different environment and setting.

An overview of the programme including short descriptions of all the video can be found on the Project '1975' blog.

Bart Groenendaal Screening & Quinsy Gario Presentation

Sunday, 3 June 2012
Starts at 7.30pm
Free entrance, reservations through:
Presentations in Dutch

On the last day of their exhibition Bart Groenendaal and Quinsy Gario will give a presentation of their work at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. Groenendaal will show his film Albino and discuss it and other works. Subsequently Quincy Gario will elaborate on his views regarding the classic 1971 Dutch film Blue Movie.
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Facing Forward: Lecture Evening #7

Speakers: Maria Barnas, Hassnae Bouazza, Maarten Doorman, Melissa Gronlund, Metahaven, Snejanka Mihaylova, Katharina Neuburger, Patricia Pisters, Ding Ren, Simon Rogers, Oona Strathern, Timotheus Vermeulen, Juha van‘t Zelfde and many others

Date: Thursday, May 31st
Location: Aula, University of Amsterdam (Oude Lutherse Kerk), Singel 411 (corner Spui), Amsterdam
Time: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Language: English

The seventh and last evening of lectures and debates in the lecture series Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective on the theme FUTURE´S FUTURE will take place on Thursday 31 May. During this evening a large number of speakers will present their views in short lectures ranging from speculative reflections to visionary predictions. In this way the theme FUTURE´S FUTURE is given a broad treatment, and the evening of lectures will serve as a think tank for the pressing question: how should we look forward?
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Symposium: What is a 'Postcolonial Exhibition'?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location venue: De Nieuwe Liefde, Da Costakade 102, Amsterdam
Language: English

Book your ticket online!

N.B. Scroll down for full program

The current cultural and political situation in the Netherlands is one that encourages the belief that its postcolonial history is a closed chapter before it has even been written. The reality is that the Netherlands is only now beginning to reflect critically on its colonial past. Art institutions and their strategies of classification, valorization, and display have, only half-heartedly been informed by postcolonial studies, if at all.

This symposium seeks answers to this challenging situation, presenting a range of institutional practices and scholarly insights to examine a specific aspect of these practices: the exhibition itself and the exhibition strategies that go alongside it.

Zie video registratie online hier
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Book launches: Changing Perspectives & UNFIXED

Thursday May 24, Starts at 7.30pm
Free entrance, reservations through:

The publications Changing Perspectives: Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art and UNFIXED: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art will be launched at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.

From different angles, both publications address issues of globalisation and diversity in contemporary art. Along with introducing each publication, the evening will explore these themes through a panel discussion with international guests and an artist performance from Otobong Nkanga.
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Book Presentation 'Museutopia, A Photographic Research Project' by Ilya Rabinovich

Friday 27 April, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Free admission, lectures in English
Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail to

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and Alauda Publications cordially invite you for the launch of the publication Museutopia, A Photographic Research Project by Ilya Rabinovich.
During the evening the curator and art critic Viktor Misiano will give a lecture and the philosopher and cultural scholar Huub van Baar will introduce the book Museotopia. Following the two presentations, there will be a roundtable with the lecturers and the artist, moderated by curator Annie Fletcher.
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Facing Forward: Lecture Evening #6

Speakers: Rem Koolhaas & China Miéville

Date: Wednesday, April 25th
Location: Aula, University of Amsterdam (Oude Lutherse Kerk), Singel 411 (corner Spui), Amsterdam
Time: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Language: English

Please note: this event is SOLD OUT!
To accommodate the great demand for tickets, the lectures will be streamed at the location below. Seating is arranged on a ‘first come, first serve’ policy, so please make sure you are on time. Reservation is not required for the alternative location.

Live stream location: Oudemanhuispoort – room D0.08 (Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN, Amsterdam)
Time: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Entrance fee: Free
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BijlmAIR Presentation by Emeka Okereke

Saturday, 14 April, beginning 4:00 p.m.

Florijn 42
Free Admission

To round off his stay in the Bijlmer, the Nigerian photographer Emeka Okereke (b. 1980) will make a presentation of the work that he has made during his residency. The work includes both conceptual and documentary photography. Okereke visualizes the diversity of various societies in his photographic reportage. Above all else, he emphasizes the co-existence of individuals with the public space which surrounds them. With this as his starting point, Okereke has worked in Madrid, Paris, Lagos, Johannesburg and Maputo, among other places. He is also active as a commentator. More information about his work can be found on his own website, A recent interview with Okereke is to be found on the website of Mister Motley,
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Kim Holland appears in Stefan Ruitenbeek’s film

The Dutch porn producer Kim Holland is the main protagonist in a new work by Stefan Ruitenbeek, ’Ancient Amateurs’. In this 20 minute film both the artist and the porn star border on fiction and reality, art and porn, in an attempt to escape their respective cultural classifications. The work will be part of the upcoming exhibition in SMBA, which opens on April 14.
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Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani 'The Rise' at Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

The film The Rise by Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani will be screened at the film festival in the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. The film is realized in cooperation with the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam during the artist’s duo residency at the Amsterdamse Zuidas in 2007. The film was shown as an installation in the exhibition space of SMBA at that time. The film festival is named Second Hometown Hokkaido and will be held on the 23, 24 and 25 March, 2012.

Facing Forward: Lecture Evening #5

Speakers: Hans Belting & Iwona Blazwick

Date: Thursday, March 8th
Location: Aula, University of Amsterdam (Oude Lutherse Kerk), Singel 411 (corner Spui), Amsterdam
Time: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Language: English

On Thursday, March 8th the fifth event in the lecture series Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective will take place, on the theme of FUTURE MUSEUM. The speakers of this evening are art historian Hans Belting (DE), who will be interviewed by the moderator, and curator Iwona Blazwick (UK). Following the two presentations, there will be a debate with experts and the public, moderated by Rein Wolfs (DE), Director of Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel. Natasha Ginwala (IN/NL), Amsterdam-based curator and critic, will provide an introduction statement.
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Presentation Jelle Bouwhuis during 'The Dutch Assembly' at ARCOmadrid

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 3 - 4 pm.

Location: ARCOmadrid, Hall 10, stand G36, Feria de Madrid, 28042,
Madrid, Spain

Jelle Bouwhuis will participate in the presentation of Dutch art organizations at ARCOmadrid, in collaboration with the Mondriaan Fonds and the Dutch embassy in Madrid. His presentation will address Project '1975'.

Facing Forward: Lecture Evening #4

Speakers: Paul Chan & Hito Steyerl

Date: Thursday, February 9th
Location: Aula, University of Amsterdam (Oude Lutherse Kerk), Singel 411 (corner Spui), Amsterdam
Time: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Language: English

On Thursday, February 9th the fourth event in the lecture series Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective will take place, on the theme of FUTURE FREEDOM. The speakers of this evening are artist Paul Chan (USA) and philosopher and filmmaker Hito Steyerl (DE). Following the two lectures, there will be a debate with experts and the public, moderated by Ann Demeester, Director of de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. Fardi Tabarki (NL), Director of Studio Zeitgeist and lecturer, will provide an introduction statement.
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Tala Madani - 'The Jinn' : Guided Tour by Arnisa Zeqo

Sunday, 5th of February 2012.
Start at 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm.

Free entrance. Please reserve on

On its closing day Tala Madani’s exhibition ‘The Jinn’ will be the setting for a guided tour by Arnisa Zeqo. A characteristic feature of Madani’s works is that they have the power to direct the viewer’s imagination in a variety of ways. Often they appear to be felicitous snapshots depicting just one moment in a possibly much more extensive narrative, seducing the viewer to fill in the missing elements by thinking of all kinds of personal memories and references. Accordingly, during this tour Zego will not restrict her comments to informative details about Madani’s practice, but in an unconventional manner will relate what comes to her mind in response to the works.
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BijlmAIR: Kel O'Neill and Eline Jongsma in CBK Zuidoost

19 January - 25 February 2012
Opening: Thursday 19 January at 5 p.m.

Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost
Anton de Komplein 120, Amsterdam

On Thursday, 19 January, an exhibition by the artist duo Kel O’Neill and Eline Jongsma opens in the Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost. In the exhibition they will be showing their video installation Empire Bakermat (Meanwhile in Holland), the outcome of their residency in Amsterdam Zuidoost in connection with BijlmAIR. Empire Bakermat is a part of their more comprehensive Empire project, which began in 2010 and investigates the unintended present-day consequences of Dutch colonialism.
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Facing Forward: Lecture Evening #3

Speakers: David Summers & Amelia Jones

Date: Friday, January 13th
Location: Aula, University of Amsterdam (Oude Lutherse Kerk), Singel 411 (corner Spui), Amsterdam
Time: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Language: English

On Friday, January 13th the third event in the lecture series Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective will take place, on the theme of FUTURE HISTORY. The speakers of this evening are art historians and critics David Summers (USA) and Amelia Jones (UK/USA). Following the two lectures, there will be a debate with experts and the public, moderated by Kathryn Brown, Professor of Art History at Tilburg University. Dutch curator en art critic Steven ten Thije (NL) will provide an introduction statement.
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