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"In Sight: Contemporary Dutch Photography from the Collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam"
2005-03-26 until 2005-05-08
Art Institute of Chicago
Overview: In Sight: Contemporary Dutch Photography from the Collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, concentrates on the work of a select group of photographers who are vital to the image of Dutch photography. This core consists of Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Wijnanda Deroo, Rineke Dijkstra, Gerald van der Kaap, Bertien van Manen, and Hans van der Meer. Their work represents a wide range of approaches that advance the meaningful deepening of important contemporary photographic trends and genres.
Alongside this core of seven photographers, the exhibition samples the work of others-especially those of the younger generation-who have shown themselves inspired anew through various genres and approaches such as the portrait, landscape, social analysis, and research into the documentary significance of the photographic image. They include Celine van Balen, Koos Breukel, Elspeth Diederix, Marnix Goossens, Juul Hondius and Hellen van Meene.
The selection for In Sight: Contemporary Dutch Photography from the Collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, is made from a collection that was started in 1958, and is the longest-established collection in a European museum for modern art. Initiated by the then-director, Willem Sandberg, the Stedelijk's collection was modeled after the one begun by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, before the Second World War. Under the various directors in the second half of the 20th century, the photography collection continued to grow, both as a reflection of developments intrinsic to photography and in its relation to other forms of visual art. Although the collection is internationally oriented, it naturally has a base in, and superlative examples of, the contributions Dutch photographers and artists have made to the field. More than 100 photographs will be included in this exhibition.