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Stedelijk Museum is planning to reposition Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

The Stedelijk Museum is working on plans to reposition the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), the museum’s project space in the heart of the city.

“In view of the changes that have swept the art world in recent years, the time has come to reconsider the position of SMBA. Digital developments, globalization and the participation of makers and visitors are now a vital part of the art world. Boundaries are being redrawn, and we’re eager to embrace and respond to those developments,” says Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf. “To enhance the contemporary art world, in which independent presentation institutes are facing challenges, we aim to provide an answer to what is currently lacking, and needed, in the city.”
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Contemporary Art, Islam, and the Middle East

Debate in cooperation with Amsterdam Art Weekend and De Balie

Date: Saturday 28 November
Time: 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
Location: De Balie, Amsterdam
Language: English

Discussions in western countries about Islam very quickly become dominated by the idea that there are irreconcilable differences between cultures, also when it comes to art. There are however a legion of examples demonstrating that contemporary art and Islam can go together, in Europe, but certainly also in the Middle East and in fact in all places where Islam is a part of society. How real are the contradictions between contemporary art and Islam? Is it better to ignore the religious background in the context of contemporary art? And, to what extent does the wealthy tradition of Islamic art connect with contemporary art?

Panelists: Abdulnasser Gharem, Nilüfer Göle, Abdellah Karroum, Luit Mols, and Nat Muller (moderator). With an introduction by Jelle Bouwhuis.

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Works by Abdulnasser Gharem and Abdullah Al Othman will be on view at the Greenbox Museum of Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia - a memory from the age of enlightenment. After the conversation at De Balie, director Aarnout Helb will give a tour of the collection. Limited capacity, by reservation only, please reserve via:

Battle of the Bijlmer in SMBA

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Language: various
NB: Admission with Museum Night pass only!

As a special side event for Museum Night 2015 SMBA and BijlmAIR-resident Ryts Monet present 'The Battle of the Bijlmer in SMBA'. This evening, Monet will host a contest of freestyle rap in native language. Last October, Monet hosted a similar contest at his studio as part of his BijlmAIR residency through an open call for rappers from the Bijlmer and surrounding neighborhoods. Rappers of different nationalities and origins responded to the artist’s open call and challenged each other in a rap battle, based on improvised rhymes, made in their own language, until a winner was chosen by the audience. 'The Battle of the Bijlmer in SMBA' brings the MC’s who took part at The Battle of the Bijlmer to SMBA to rap during the night, from 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. After the battle, supported with music by dj Djack Munroe, Monet will show a video of the previous rap contest.

Museum Night 2015

Saturday 7 November, 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Language: English
NB: Admission with Museum Night pass only!

During Museum Night 2015, SMBA will host Inverted Night Sky, an event on astronomy and art that revolves around Dutch astronomer and socialist Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960). One of Pannekoek's most known contributions to astronomy are drawings of the visible Milky Way as night sky studies, which are recognized as an international standard-setting achievement that shaped our view on the Milky Way, for example in planetarium projection systems.
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Forum: Kamarado

A program of short lectures, screenings, and a performance will be presented at the Stedelijk Museum as part of Kamarado.

Date: Sunday, September 13, 3 – 5:30 pm
Location: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Teijin Auditorium
Language: English
Admission: Entrance Fee for the Stedelijk
Museum + €2,50

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Kamarado, the exhibition in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a program of short lectures, screenings, and a performance. The program ties on to different ideas about comrades as they come to the fore in the artwork of Adrian Melis, Mieke Van de Voort, Paolo Chiasera, and Rupali Patil.
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New Corporate Strategies in Art

Artist presentations and talks with Constant Dullaart, Template and Jennifer Lyn Morone

Date: Sunday, August 23, 3 p.m.
Language: English
Entrance: Free

Moderator: Josephine Bosma

For the last day of the exhibition Algorithmic Rubbish: Daring to Defy Misfortune, SMBA is organizing artist presentations and talks with Constant Dullaart, Template and Jennifer Lyn Morone. Digital technologies and the Internet are the daily working environment for these artists. Dullaart, Template and Morone have each set up their own businesses with a particular strategy, focused on online technological developments. Their companies can be seen as an intelligent response to the belief in technological progress and an economic environment which encourages creative entrepreneurship. The artists stimulate critical reflection on the conservative usage of new technologies. After a series of short presentations the artists will engage into a conversation moderated by Josephine Bosma.

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Presentations by Anna Dasovic and Robert Dulmers in SMBA and Castrum Peregrini

Date: Sunday 31 May, 2015
Language: English
Entrance: free

2 p.m. lecture performance Anna Dasovic at Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401
3 p.m. presentation by Robert Dulmers at SMBA, Rozenstraat 59

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and Castrum Peregrini are organizing a collaborative event on Sunday, May 31, to create a bridge between their exhibitions “Resolution 827” and “exclude/include. Alternate Histories”, about traumatic and repressed histories. Artist Anna Dasovic, participating in both exhibitions, will present her lecture performance Before the Fall there was no Fall at Castrum Peregrini. Journalist and writer Robert Dulmers will give a presentation about his recent publications on the fall of Srebrenica at SMBA. Dr. Erna Rijsdijk will respond to both presentations from her perspective. Hereafter all will engage into a conversation moderated by Lars Ebert (Castrum Peregrini) and Joram Kraaijeveld (SMBA).
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Art in a ‘Global’ Context – Interview with Zoran Eric

On February 6, the third exhibition in the Global Positions series opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCAB) in Belgrade, Serbia. This time, the exhibition is a solo presentation by Amsterdam-based artist Zachary Formwalt, entitled Three Exchanges, which consists of three interrelated video works exploring the often-invisible impact of global capitalism. The Global Positions exhibitions are developed from collaborations between the SMBA and like-minded art institutions around the world. The first in the series, Made in Commons, resulted from an exchange with the KUNCI cultural centre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and the second established a relationship between the art scenes in Beirut and Amsterdam.

Art historian Steyn Bergs interviews the MoCAB’s chief curator Zoran Eric about the meaning of Formwalt’s installation in a former communist country, Serbia’s ‘in-between’ position in terms of the postcolonial discourse and the value of institutional collaborations.

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Exhibition ‘This is the Time’ opens in Beirut

Exhibition: 26 March - 25 July 2015
Opening: Thursday 26 March 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery, Ada Dodge Hall

As part of the Global Collaborations, AUB Art Galleries in Beirut will present the exhibition This is the Time. This is the Record of Time. This show was previously to be seen at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. At the occasion of the opening on Thursday 26 March several performances take place. This is followed by the symposium ‘Thinking about Time’ that is organized by the American University of Beirut. Later in the year AUB Press will publish an extensive catalogue of the project that was initiated under the flag of the Stedelijk’s long-term project Global Collaborations.
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The Exterritory Project Symposium

Date: March 15, 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
Language: English
Entrance: Entrance fee to the museum + € 2,50
Reservation: via

The Stedelijk Museum is proud to present The Exterritory Project Symposium in close collaboration with SMBA. The symposium brings together artists, scholars, and curators who will explore the idea of extraterritoriality: a conceptual space beyond the borders of nation-states and their laws and beyond the modern geographical divisions of the world. It is a continuation of the Exterritory Project, initiated by artist duo Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir.
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Lecture by Joshua Simon, director of Museums of Bat Yam

Sunday 8 February 2015

Location: SMBA
Time: 4:00 p.m.

In his opening talk at SMBA, Joshua Simon will position Sela’s works against neoliberal optics, which combines abuse and entertainment, terror and pornography, selfies and closed circuit television, global positioning systems and aggregated movement control. Simon will elucidate why Sela’s films offer a groundbreaking visual ethics, by making use of masquerade, role playing and even deceit to bring forth sincerity, integrity, truth and courage, under these aesthetic conditions of leisure and surveillance.

BOOK LAUNCH: Fahrettin Örenli: Conspiracy Wall > ANARTIST

Tuesday 7 April, 2015

Location: SMBA
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Language: English
Admission: free

The artist’s book Conspiracy Wall > ANARTIST by Fahrettin Örenli will be launched at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. For this special occasion Dr. Asghar Seyed-Gohrab (Leiden University) will give a presentation on Persian poetry in relation to the poems in Örenli’s book. After that Fahrettin Örenli will engage into a conversation about his artistic practice and the backdrop of the book with Lorenzo Benedetti (director of De Appel Arts Centre). The artist book will be transformed into an installation in the exhibition space of SMBA from 7 April through 12 April 2015. Coinciding with the book launch and pop-up presentation at SMBA, Örenli will have a solo exhibition at Bradwolff Projects, Amsterdam from 21 March through 2 May 2015.
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