The new Stedelijk institution will be ‘the self-critical thorn in the museum’s eye’

A new institution for emerging artists and designers housed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is due to launch next year. The new laboratory, called Buro Stedelijk, will occupy a 200 m² exhibition space on the ground floor of the historic building.

The new platform “is designed as a multidisciplinary space, centered on the production process. The program is initially fueled by Amsterdam’s creative scene but is not limited to that and will also have an international dimension,” the officials say in a statement.

Buro Stedelijk will be run by an independent curator who will organize four presentations per year. The new recruit, who has not yet been named, will be “selected on the basis of a pluralistic vision of the program and its commitment to addressing socially engaged themes”, according to a job description.

“Conceived as a fully self-contained space, Buro Stedelijk will function as a critical and self-critical thorn in the eye of the renowned Stedelijk Museum,” the description adds.

Depending on education and experience, the salary is between €3,525 and €4,738 per month for a full-time contract (36 hours). The appointment will be announced in September.

Representatives of the Rijksakademie, a residency space, and independent art school De Ateliers will sit on the board of the new organization; the artistic and scientific foundation Ammodo and the funding organization Fonds21 are among the project leaders.

The launch follows the 2016 closure of SMBA (Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam), another experimental art venue run by the Stedelijk Museum. “In 2016, it was decided to close SMBA and start and think about a new institution with a new concept. SMBA was active at the Rozenstraat [premises] For more than 20 years. The time had come to rethink this concept and work on something new,” says a museum spokesperson.

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