The Amsterdam Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Design Stedelijk (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), founded as a city museum in 1874, was initially housed in the Rijksmuseum before later acquiring its building. Today, it faces Museum Square, where, alongside the Rijksmuseum, you can also find the Van Gogh Museum and the Concert Hall. The Stedelijk Museum specializes in collecting and exhibiting works of modern and contemporary art. Since its foundation, it has functioned both as a museum and a gallery of contemporary art, serving as an „institution for the preservation and historicization of contemporary artistic practices.“
In the Stedelijk Museum, which reopened to the public in September 2012 after six years of reconstruction, the latest wing (named „bathtub“ due to its shape) houses the permanent collection of the museum. This collection includes works by Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, Barbara Kruger, Damien Hirst, etc. The innovative facade, resembling ceramic, is constructed from a special type of concrete that gives the building a distinctive appearance.
Stedelijk possesses collections of paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, a significant number of works by Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Cézanne, as well as works from European and American art after 1950. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum also hosts exhibitions featuring prominent European and global artists such as Bruce Nauman, Ulay, Marlene Dumas, Nan Goldin, etc.