Bart van der Heide Named Chief Curator at Stedelijk Museum

Bart van der Heidel. Photo courtesy of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum has appointed Bart van der Heide as its new chief curator. He takes up his new post February 1, replacing Nicole Delissen.

It’s a bit of a homecoming, as van der Heide was once assistant curator at the museum. He later went on to serve as curator at Cubitt Gallery in London and at Witte de With in Rotterdam. Most recently, he was director of the Kunstverein Munich. Among the artists featured in his past shows are Trisha Baga, Bernadette Corporation, Keren Cytter, Harun Farocki, Ian Kiaer, Tobias Madison, Richard Tuttle, Tris Vonna-Michell, Rebecca Warren, Cathy Wilkes and Haegue Yang.

“The Stedeljik is at an interesting stage of its development: a moment when the relationship between the institution and society is being defined more broadly both in terms of its relevance and value to the community,” he said. Van der Heide joins the museum nine months after Beatrix Ruf became director, replacing Ann Goldstein.

The Stedelijk is the Netherlands’s largest museum of modern and contemporary art and design, boasting a collection of about 90,000 objects dating from the 1870s to today. It reopened in September 2012 after a lengthy renovation.

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