The inaugural issue of Stedelijk Studies – “Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art”

Please see below a link to the first issue of the new peer-reviewed academic journal Stedelijk Studies, which publishes research related to the Stedelijk Museum collection in Amsterdam, its institutional history, wider museum and gallery studies, and other topical issues in the field of visual arts and design.


The inaugural issue – titled, “Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art” – features the following articles and commentaries:

  • Collecting Geographies: Editorial –  by Jelle Bouwhuis and Christel Vesters
  • Recalcitrant Geographies: National Claims, Transnationalism, and the Institutionalization of Contemporary Art – by Kitty Zijlmans
  • Peace, the Museum, and Globalization, 1800/2014 – by Todd Porterfield
  • Creating Ancestors and Affinities: A Rhetorical Analysis of African Art in the Story of Modern Art – by Nanna Leigh
  • Revisiting Magiciens de la terre – by Annie Cohen-Solal
  • Between the Global, National, and Peripheral: The Case of Art Museums in Poland – by Karolina Golinowska
  • Curatorial Expeditions: The Ramallah Safari – by  Tina Sherwell
  • Museum Practices and Migrating Modernity: A Perspective from the South – by Celeste Ianniciello and Michaela Quadraro
  • Statues also die, even…Time and Agency of Museum Display – by María Íñigo Clavo

Link to the full-text articles: Stedelijk Studies Journal Issues – Stedelijk Studies.

All the papers published in this first edition were originally presented at the conference “Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art,” jointly The Netherlands organized by the Stedelijk Museum, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam (13-15 March, 2014).

In her overview about the content of these research papers, the journal’s editor-in-chief Margriet Schavemaker states:

“Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art” addressed collection acquisition and exhibition programming in a globalized world. The conference offered an overview of the topical issues and questions that are currently at stake as many museums for modern and contemporary art in the West pay serious attention to the acquisition and presentation of art from all over the world, beyond the as yet prevalent dominance of European and North American art. In the articles selected for Stedelijk Studies, we see a variety of critical analyses of the outcomes of this quest. We also discover how, in the past, this deficit was addressed by legendary exhibitions, such as Magiciens de la Terre in 1989 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the largely forgotten presentation Moderne kunst – Nieuw en Oud at the Stedelijk Museum in 1955. The papers are written by established researchers like Annie Cohen Solal and Kitty Zijlmans, as well as by young academics. The inaugural issue also presents a diverse range of authorial methods and geo-cultural perspectives.

Source: Margriet Schavemaker –  Curator / Head of Collections & Research and Publications at the Stedelijk Museum, and Editor-in-Chief of Stedelijk Studies



Stedelijk Studies accepts both solicited and unsolicited texts for consideration on a rolling basis throughout the year. Prospective contributors should submit abstracts of c.300 words, accompanied by a short biographical statement (max. 150 words), to:

Jeroen Sondervan (Managing Editor, Stedelijk Studies) c/o Van Baerlestraat 31, 1071 AN, Amsterdam

Postal address: Postbus / P.O. Box 75082, 1070 AB Amsterdam



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