The Stedelijk Museum is the largest Amsterdam museum dedicated to modern and contemporary visual art and design. The Stedelijk Museum is located on the Museumplein in Amsterdam-Zuid, where the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are its neighbours.
The collection currently consists of around a 100.000 objects representative of the most important art and design movements of the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
To show the public as much of its extensive collection as possible, the Stedelijk continuously changes the works from its collection that are on exhibit.
The Stedelijk also continuously organises dynamic solo exhibitions by younger generation artists. In organising these exhibitions the Stedelijk seeks to respond to current events and stimulate contemporary artists.
The Stedelijk Museum originated in 1874 as a small art collection started by a small group of wealthy Amsterdam citizens, who donated funds and personal collections to a section of the Rijksmuseum that they curated. This was also the time a collective called the Vereeniging tot het Vormen van een Verzameling van Hedendaagsche Kunst (society for the formation of a collection of contemporary art) was founded, which would drive much of the developments in the Stedelijk in years to come.
This collection eventually opened in its own privately funded dedicated building named the Stedelijk Museum in 1895.
Starting of as a diverse mixture of unconnected personal collections, the Stedelijk appointed an official curator and began acquiring its own art collection from the early twentieth century onwards.
The collection that was built up over the years is to diverse to sum up here, but due to historic reasons it has notable emphases in art movements as De Stijl, Bauhaus, CoBrA, popart and neo-impressionism.
The Stedelijk building was completely renovated and expanded with an new wing during a big renovation project period 2008 - 2012.