The Stedelijk Museum has been open for more than six weeks now and some paintings have already been taken off the wall. Why is that? The curators have decided to use a dynamic display of the permanent collection. Vulnerable art works can be replaced when necessary, and parts of our collection can still go out on loan to other art institutions. The first exchanges are due to a loan request received from MoMA. Two works from the Stedelijk Museum collection will be part of the exhibition Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925.
Since not everyone has had the opportunity to visit the Stedelijk Museum since the re-opening, these exchanges have come quite quickly. Of course, we would not have done this if we couldn’t provide suitable alternatives. The two paintings by Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian have been replaced with works from the same artists. The exchanges are therefore an enhancement to the permanent collection presentation, as they allow us to display the collection across its fullest width.
In addition to the circulation of works across the world, at the start of next year several parts of the collection will be replaced because of their light sensitivity. A large portion of the works on paper and the photography collection will be replaced by other works from the collection. For those who do not yet regularly visit the permanent collection presentation, this is a worthy reason to start doing just that, in order to see the new works on show.
As of now, Mondrian’s Composition: No. III, with Red, Yellow and Blue in room 5 and Malevich’s Suprematist Composition (yellow, orange and green rectangle) in room 9 are on display. Those who desperately want to see the Composition with Yellow, Red, Black, Blue and Gray (Mondrian) or Self-Portrait in Two Dimensions (Malevich) can satisfy their desires in New York from December 23 and on!