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Going Digital? New Media and Digital Art at the Stedelijk

Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University, Drift 6, 3512 BS Utrecht, The Netherlands
Received: 10 May 2019 / Revised: 8 July 2019 / Accepted: 15 July 2019 / Published: 1 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Art Curation: Challenges in the Digital Age)
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has an extensive collection of time-based media art from the 1960s onwards, which has been expanded into the digital field in recent decades. The Stedelijk makes an interesting case study for this special issue on “Art Curation: Challenges in the Digital Age,” because it has had a reputable history of dealing with time-based art since the mid-1970s but presently faces the same challenges with regard to curating and collecting digital art as other museums of modern art. The Stedelijk’s history began in 1974, when the first curator for time-based art was hired, Dorine Mignot, a pioneer in this field. After Mignot’s retirement in 2006, the museum was closed for almost a decade, but under the leadership of Beatrix Ruf (2014–2017), an innovative agenda was set again for new media and digital art. In this paper, Sjoukje van der Meulen mobilizes the museum’s rich and varied history of new media and digital art to think through some of the issues, challenges and concerns raised by guest editor Francesca Franco for this special issue such as “What are the issues involved in re-contextualizing and exhibiting artworks made in the 1960s and the 1970s?” and “What are [adequate] curatorial approaches regarding digital art?” View Full-Text
Keywords: Stedelijk Museum; new media and digital art; museum collections; curating Stedelijk Museum; new media and digital art; museum collections; curating
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