Stedelijk Museum to close again as renovation woes continue

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Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum is to close again, little more than a year after undergoing a seven-year makeover.

Sources at the museum have told NRC Handelsblad that the second closure will be for an indefinite period, starting in October.

The modern art museum, one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions, reopened in September 2011 after a revamp that began in 2004 and was scheduled to last four years.

The development was also set back by the collapse of leading contractor Midreth earlier this year. Its successor, VolkerWessels, said it would not be able to complete the project before February 2012.

In September 2010 the museum’s directors bowed to political pressure and opened a section of the old museum with an exhibition titled The Temporary Stedelijk, shortly followed by The Temporary Stedelijk 2.

NRC Handelsblad says the closure is a blow for managers who had hoped to reopen the museum in phases from next year.

“It is bad for the museum, bad for the art world and bad for the city of Amsterdam,” a source told the newspaper.

Source: NRC: Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam gaat opnieuw dicht
Photo by Radio Nederland Wereldomroep

Stedelijk Museum website (in English)

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