"AMSTERDAM.- In the presence of Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix, the renovated and expanded Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will celebrate its official re-opening on Saturday, September 22, 2012. This leading international institution of modern and contemporary art will begin welcoming the public on September 23, following the most ambitious transformation in its history.
A complete renovation of the Stedelijk’s historic 1895 building, designed by A.W. Weissman, has converted virtually all of its spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the most important in the world. The vibrant new building designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects, measuring 9,423 square meters (101,428 square feet), will provide vast new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities. The innovative design also re-orients the entire Museum to face onto the great public lawn of Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Plaza), creating an active common ground for the first time among the Stedelijk and its neighbors, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Concertgebouw."
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