Stedelijk Museum and De Hallen Haarlem Make Joint Acquisitions


The Netherlands’ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and De Hallen Haarlem have made a joint acquisition of three major video works: Rineke Dijkstra’s The Krazyhouse (2010), Elizabeth Price’s Woolworths Choir of 1979 (2012) and Number Fourteen, home (2012) by Guido van der Werve. This purchase marks the first time that the museums have acquired artwork together.

Dijkstra and van der Werve are Dutch; Price is British. Dijkstra, known for her photos and videos of young people, was the subject of a 2012 retrospective organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. The Krazyhouse is a four channel video projection of young British club-goers dancing in an isolated room. Price was awarded last year’s Turner Prize for Woolworths Choir of 1979, a short film with three distinct but interwoven stories that combines a variety of archival and found footage with graphic images and still photos. Van der Werve’s Number Fourteen, home (in which the artist participates in a grueling 932 mile triathlon to pay his respects to his childhood heroes, Alexander the Great and Frederic Chopin) made its debut at the international Film Festival Rotterdam early this month, and will be on view at the Stedelijk through Apr. 28.

“The collaborative model—which we will certainly pursue with other Dutch museums—is vital not only from a financial perspective, but also because it underlines the benefits of collective art ownership. For museums whose collections overlap to some extent, collaborative acquisitions offer a meaningful way of building and enriching the holdings of ‘Collectie Nederland,'” said Karel Schampers ,director of De Hallen, in a press release.