A’dam’s art council advises the Stedelijk Museum not to compete with the “jet set”

The Amsterdam Art Council has advised the Stedelijk Museum to focus on its own comprehensive collection instead of trying to compete with a “jet set” of super-rich art collectors and museums with much higher budgets, reports NU. nl.

In December, the then mayor and aldermen of Amsterdam asked the Arts Council to advise the Stedelijk Museum on the future positioning of the museum. Focusing on one’s own collection was the main part of this advice, according to the newspaper.

The Art Council has called the Stedelijk Museum’s current collection of more than 95,000 objects from around the world “comprehensive, richly varied and of great value”. This collection has earned the Stedelijk Museum great respect in the international museum world. The museum’s own collection should therefore be larger, according to the Art Council.

In 2018, modern art museums with limited purchasing budgets can no longer compete with wealthy art collectors. The Art Council therefore advises against the purchase of any other jet set art. Instead, the Stedelijk Museum should focus on the works of forgotten, new and underrated artists.

At the end of last year, the municipality of Amsterdam launched an investigation into the transparency and auxiliary functions of the resigning director of the Stedelijk Museum, Beatrix Ruf. To avoid any conflict of interest in the future, the Amsterdam Art Council proposes that the new artistic director be fully honored and that income from additional positions be prohibited.

Norma D. Ross