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EXHIBITIONS 2000 | 2010
Stedelijk Museum (de voorstelling)
(the opening December 8th 2000)
"At the opening of Zielespiegel in December 1997, Prince Claus remarked to the director of the Stedelijk, Rudi Fuchs, "This is something my wife might want to do." It was an inspired suggestion, and Fuchs followed up on it. Queen Beatrix is known to be an accomplished sculptor and an experienced collector. Her exhibition is called De voorstelling: Nederlandse kunst in het Stedelijk Paleis (The performance [or The representation]: Dutch art in the Municipal Palace). It is a more impersonal selection than those of the writers, with less binding themes. The division is a somewhat teasing reference to the rooms of a royal palace: reception hall, audience chamber, hall of honor, family gallery, archive, etc. The choice, in which the queen was assisted by museum curators, was based on nothing more, Her Majesty said, than "what we found beautiful, appealing, compelling." The resulting presentation is a bit on the safe side, with few shocking works and a penchant, despite the title of the show, for the cool, geometric work of Ben Akkerman, Peter Struycken, Ad Dekkers, Jan Dibbets, and the above-mentioned Jan Schoonhoven. But it is an honest and well-informed choice that makes for a pleasurable and instructive exhibition."