Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam | Museum Week 2019 #RainbowMW | DIWR Field Trip #5

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam | Museum Week 2019 #RainbowMW | DIWR Field Trip #5


today’s theme for Museum Week is #rainbowmw and we’re going to one of the most colorful places that I know
of: Amsterdam’s very own bathtub shaped Museum, the Stedelijk, or Amsterdam’s
Museum of Modern Art for non Dutch speakers that can’t quite figure out the
I -J pronunciation. The Stedelijk museum was founded in 1874 as a joint effort between the city
authorities and private individuals. The museum was initially housed in the
Rijksmuseum but in 1895 it got its very own, very much non bathtub shaped
building just a few minutes walk from the Rijks. But by the beginning of the
21st century, the old building, was like everything else in Amsterdam falling
apart and apparently at risk of burning down. After a period of uncertainty,
during which the old building was restored and construction of the bizarre
bathtub inspired building began, the museum finally reopened in 2012 and everybody
in amsterdam hopped in the tub to wash their souls with Warhol, Matisse, Appel
and Piet Mondriaan. Contemporary art is filled with color
and the current exhibitions at the Museum certainly didn’t disappoint,
checking off all the letters of ROYGBIV. I don’t know much about modern and
contemporary art so, my visits to museums like this usually consist of me looking
at art strangely and asking: myself but what does it mean?! But even though I
never understand modern art it’s, very visually stimulating for this museum
goer. The Stedelijk Museum’s got it all: sculpture, painting, neon lights,
lookout point over the permanent collection that makes you feel like king
of the world… One thing about Contemporary Art
Museum’s, they’ve certainly got their Insta game on point. Influencers get at
me for some backdrop inspiration. In keeping with today’s rainbow theme
today’s woman and culture is Frieda Belinfante. Frieda Belinfante is a badass
lesbian Jewish woman of serious culture who was a dutch resistance fighter.
Before the war, she had studied at the Amsterdam Conservatorium and had been
the first woman in Europe to be the artistic director and conductor
of a professional orchestra, Het Klein Orchest, which would perform in the
Concertgebouw right next to the Stedelijk Museum. In 1943, Frieda together with
Willem Arendeus, who was also openly gay and Gerrit van der Veen bombed the
Amsterdam civil registry office in order to save other Jewish people in
Amsterdam who were getting false identity cards made to stay alive. In
order to evade the Gestapo Frieda dressed as a man for three months quite convincingly I must say. She then went on after the war to be the founding
artistic director and conductor of the Orange County Philarmonic Orchestra.
Not only was Frieda a part of history, she inserted herself into the cultural
environment of her new home and continued to enrich people’s lives
through music for many years thanks for coming along with on that field trip with me. If you had fun on that adventure, go agead and smash that like button. And of you want to come on more field trips with me in the future go
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is brought to you in part by Republic of Amsterdam Radio they do an amazing
podcast on the history of the Netherlands and a bunch of other really
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