When I first went to Amsterdam around 7 years ago the Stedelijk Museum was closed, during my second time in the capital the classic modern art museum was still closed. But after nearly a decade Amsterdam’s favorite is re-opening next September! I guess it’s time to go back to Amsterdam again…
10 years have surely given the museum conservation dept a lot of time to polish some of its most well-known works such as…. The Beanery.
Edward Kienholz’s piece has always been one of the most popular works in the museum collection and after nearly 5 decades dust and oxygen have caused some visible damages. Not an easy operation (think for example that the whole piece was covered in a synthetic liquid resin when firstly created) led by Sandra Weerdenburg and her team.
Because it was a piece always on display, this meant there were few opportunities for a full condition check and treatment; however, the museum’s “temporary closure” and newly built facilities have given the team the time & conditions for such complex work which is still on-going and should be finished by the end of next month.
And if everything goes well…. it should be re-installed in one of the Stedelijk galleries as part of the museum’s new ongoing presentation of the collection, so as we always say… grab a low-cost flight and drop yourself by before they close it again.