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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2019
What is a museum? For whom is a museum? By whom is a museum?
Macic interprets the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as an ‘ecosystem’ of artworks, in order to enhance its ‘biodiversity’. That brings about unexpected connections between artistic and cultural practices throughout time. Intergalactic Pollinators is an ‘intergalactic cross-pollination’ of ideas, inspiration and critical discourse, rooted in rhizome theory. Performed by the students of the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague.
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Photos by Ilya Rabinovich
Intergalactic Pollinators was shown as part of the 'Meet the Icons of Contemporary Art' event at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in December 2019. As the slogan on the façade of the building of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam advertises, visitors can ‘Meet the Icons of Modern Art’ in STEDELIJK BASE. This collection presentation serves as an introduction to the history of modern art and design, a compilation of ca. 700 selected works from the museum collection of circa 90.000 objects, the result of 125 years of institutional gathering. Canonical works illustrate important art historical movements in both a chronological and an open-routed manner which allows for personal links and interpretations.
The historically grown museum collection is hereby considered as one of multiple possible constellations, and the collection presentation as one of many stories that can be told about cultural production globally. How can these narratives be expanded and/or revisited?
The event experiments with and presents personal gestures that address this question from various perspectives: artistic (Tatjana Macic), art historical (Maurice Rummens, researcher and museum curator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, on diversifying the canon from within the museum collection itself), and intersectional feminist Rosa Wevers, PhD researcher Gender Studies Utrecht University and member of the Museum of Equality and Difference (MOED) collective.
Curator: Mariska ter Horst, an independent curator, conducting a research project at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, supported by the Mondrian Fund.