When we’re on vacation, I love visiting museums and art galleries. I will include as many museums as our itinerary allows (much to K’s dismay, who is less an art enthusiast). It only dawned on me the other day that I hadn’t visited the Stedelijk Museum yet since its reopening in 2012. So I decided to visit the museum the last time I was in Amsterdam. And I’m glad that I did. I had forgotten about the many works the museum houses and the museum’s vast collection of paintings, prints, installations, photos and iconic furniture pieces.
I remember going to the Stedelijk Museum in elementary school on a field trip. We had the task of recreating some of the works in the museum. I never understood how postmodern art was sometimes so plain and simple. If something is easy to recreate, how is it called art? I was much more enamored by Van Gogh’s raw post-impressionist paintings, or Picasso’s and Braque’s cubist paintings and Matisse’s lively works. At odds with my all time favorite painter, Monet, I have come to appreciate minimal and abstract art as well over the years. There’s something automatic and yet spontaneous about contemporary art that makes it awfully satisfying to look at.
Of all the works hanging in the galleries at the moment, these are my favorites. I tried capturing the works in a way that would fit the style of the works without taking away the essence and vibe.
I wanted to publish more photos but I wouldn’t want to keep you guys from visiting the museum yourselves – do go!
Hope you guys enjoyed this post! For more museums, check: Tate Modern (London), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Kunsthaus Zurich, Saatchi Gallery (Post Pop Art; London) and Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris).
In the photos: Dan Flavin, Piet Mondriaan, Kazimir Malevich, Isa Genzken, Barnett Newman, Anna Boch, Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, Stanley Spencer, Charley Toorop, Jan Toorop, Carel Willink, Pierre Alechinsky, Carl Henning Pedersen.