News Archive




SMBA Closure at the Rozenstraat premises

As per July 1, SMBA will close its doors at the Rozenstraat premises and continue in its online form: the website archive. Thank you to everyone that has collaborated with SMBA since 1993 - the artists, sponsors, thinkers, curators, and community.

The Archive
The archive, spanning from 1993 to 2016, catalogues SMBA’s entire history of 'News' items, 'Exhibitions', participating 'Artists', 'Events', 'Residencies', and ‘Publications’, in both English and Dutch versions of the website. Within the archive section of 'News', 'Events' and 'Residencies', all entries can be explored dating back to 2006. In the archive section of 'Exhibitions', each show – documented in writing, image, and by its corresponding Newsletter in PDF form - is accessible, catalogued by year. All participating artists, grouped alphabetically by surname, link to their exhibitions in the 'Artists' section. ‘Project 1975’, SMBA’s signature two-year programme that explored the relationship between contemporary art and post-coloniality, and the context of a globalizing art world, has its own page, with details about the project and linking to its exclusive website. 'Publications' splits itself into three sections: ‘Space for Books’, lists all publications realized in collaboration with SMBA in chronological order; The entire collection of ‘Newsletters’ (1-146), which preceded each exhibition, can be browsed by year in PDF form; and in the ‘Reviews’ section, you can find a selection of reports, commentaries, and accounts, listed by year.

With the closure of the premises, the website – though still accessible – will no longer be updated. For any future questions or research enquiries regarding SMBA at its Rozenstraat premises, please contact the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Performance Allard van Hoorn - 031 Urban Songline | Latitude: 52.372676° N - 52.372758° N / Longitude: 4.881090° E - 4.881379° E

Date: Wednesday 29 June, 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Marking the closure of SMBA at the Rozenstraat, Allard van Hoorn presents a performance and two-day exhibition ‘031 Urban Songline’, as part of his long-term research project ‘Urban Songlines’. Drawing upon the tradition of the Songlines, a system used for navigation and care-taking amongst Aboriginals, van Hoorn maps out urban spaces by translating their topology into music.
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Public Debate: Diversity, criticism, and the closure of SMBA

Organized by Herbert Ploegman & Kunstlicht: Journal for Visual Art, Visual Culture, and Architecture

Date: June 14, 7.30 p.m.
Location: SMBA
Language: English
Entrance: admission is free, but registration is required. Register via, subject: SMBA.
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Parasite Lottery

Date: 14 June, 7.00 p.m.
Language: English
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Participating institutions: Casco, Das Spectrum, Platform BK and SMBA.

Music in collaboration with Frau (Leilani Hermiasih)

Parasite Lottery, initiated by Yogyakarta-based artist and cultural activist Wok The Rock and developed together with the Casco team, is a pilot collective lottery system for art organizations in the Netherlands and their communities.
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Symposium, Conference and Workshop: Jeronimo Voss / Anton Pannekoek at KNAW

Date: June 8-11
Language: English
Entrance: Free, but registration required

Public tour of Jeronimo Voss 'Inverted Night Sky' exhibition at SMBA (June 8), KNAW Symposium (June 9), International Conference 'Ways of Viewing Science and Society' at KNAW (see programme and abstracts attached) (June 9 & 10), and 'Economies of Time' workshop at SMBA (June 11).
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Video documentation Play SMBA 3 - Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public

On April 26th 2016, SMBA hosted 'Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public' within the context of the multidisciplinary Play SMBA program. 'Debates on Division' is an ongoing, interactive performance by artist Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya) and is curated by Anna Bitkina.

Play SMBA 5: Cracking the Frame Presents

Film & Talk: Artist presentations and talks with Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, in conversation with Helen Westerik as part of Cracking the Frame Presents

Date: Friday, 6 May, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Language: English
Entrance: Free

“Yu fufuu mi koni tyai gwe” (you come to steal my knowledge) is a Surinamese saying referring to knowledge transfer. In company of other CTFP guests, artists Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan will speak about this as part of their current research in the tropical forest in Eastern Surinam, screening Maripa Fatu - a study in preparation of their next feature film.
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Play SMBA 4: Oblique Gardens

Artist presentations and talks on the Moroccan art scene with artists Randa Maroufi and Heidi Vogels, in conversation with theorist Alena Alexandrova.

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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This Tuesday, Play SMBA focuses on Morocco’s relatively unknown art scene by means of artist presentations by Randa Maroufi, a Moroccan artist currently working in Amsterdam as BijlmAIR-resident and Heidi Vogels, a Dutch artist working on a long-term research project in Morocco. Both from a Western and a North-African perspective, Maroufi and Vogels will talk about their experiences working as artists in Morocco, and the implications this had on their work, presented through binaries such as public-private, present-past, inside-outside and virtual-real. After a series of short presentations, the artists will engage in conversation with Alena Alexandrova.
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SMBA Closing Exhibition: Jeronimo Voss - Inverted Night Sky

Opening: Saturday, May 14 at 5pm - 8pm

Opening: Saturday, May 14 at 5pm - 8pm

Artist Jeronimo Voss will present his ongoing artistic research inspired by drawings of the Milky Way found in the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy in Amsterdam. The exhibition, along with a corresponding two-day conference ‘Ways of Viewing Science and Society’, realized with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and the astronomical institute in Amsterdam, marks the final iteration of this collaborative investigation, which has sought to explore the dynamic between socialist and scientific thinking, active within these drawings.

Play SMBA 3 - Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public

Interactive performance and a public procession by Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), curated by Anna Bitkina

Tuesday, April 26, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.

Please RSVP before April 25 via e-mail:

On April 26, a new version of ‘Debates on Division’ will be presented at SMBA as part of the Play SMBA program. Adapted to the local context of Amsterdam, the performance takes the current refugee crisis as its point of departure. The project ‘Debates on Division’, first presented at the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater in 2014 in St. Petersburg as part of Manifesta 10’s public program, was developed as a collaboration between curator Anna Bitkina and artist Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya). The idea was to provide a nomadic and discursive platform for the voices of those who have become victimized by “the system”, collectively reflecting upon and analyzing current local socio-political conflicts and their global implications.

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Play SMBA 2: Antidotes to Oblivion

Thursday 21 April, 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.

On Thursday 21 April, SMBA presents a screening program of artists’ films from Chile, curated by Madelon van Schie and Soledad García Saavedra. The event takes place as part of the Play SMBA program, and results from the many studies conducted in the framework of SMBA’s Global Collaborations project and its related interest in region-specific approaches to the rich collection of the Stedelijk, which yields many surprises.
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BELL invites: JAM

The exhibition 'BELL invites' goes out with a bang on Saturday 19 March!

Date: Saturday, 19 March 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(A conversation programme will take place between 5:00-7:00 p.m.)
Location: SMBA

For the last six weeks, the exhibition BELL invites has been an active space of participation, with the collective painting of murals, discussion groups, dance interventions, and DJ sessions organised in collaboration with HipHopHuis, Rotterdam; and in partnership with the University of Colour, Amsterdam.
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SMBA closed on Friday March 18

Due to a private meeting, SMBA will be closed on Friday, March 18. We would like to see you again on Saturday, March 19!

BELL invites: global performance

A forum on the SMBA exhibition BELL invites, in collaboration with HipHopHuis and the University of Colour.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 12.30 - 5.30 pm
Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk
Museum Amsterdam
Language: Dutch / English
Admission: Entrance Fee for the Stedelijk Museum + €2,50
Reservations: here

On the occasion of the exhibition BELL Invites (Jan. 29 – Mar. 19, 2016) at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and the Stedelijk Museum, together with guest curator Vivian Ziherl and co-curator Aruna Vermeulen (HipHopHuis) organizes the one-day symposium Global Performance. The program will feature lectures, performance and debate held as a Socratic dialogue within a specially designed forum architecture by Julie Peeters.
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Kamarado in Mumbai and New Delhi

22 January – 1 February 2016

As the final chapter of the series of exhibitions of Global Collaborations, ‘Kamarado’ has landed in India. In Mumbai a substantial part of it is to be seen at Clark House Initiative where it forms part of the larger framework of ephemeral and unexpected situations and micro-events, 'Liberty Taken by Surprise'.

The artists of the original 'Kamarado' involved are Sosa Joseph, Adrian Melis, Judy Blum Reddy, Mieke Van de Voort, Jeronimo Voss and Sawangwongse Yawnghwe. To these have been added Yogesh Barve, Nicoline van Harskamp, Poonam Jain, Naresh Kumar, Saviya Lopes and Diego Tonus. The exhibition consists of different events, readings and screenings and runs until February 1. It is accompanied by a short introduction by co-curator Zasha Colah.
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Tamara Kuselman – Free Fall

Sunday, 10 January 2016
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SMBA has invited artist Tamara Kuselman to develop a performance in response to the exhibition Antonis Pittas – hold on. Free Fall is a performance about the movement of a body when gravity is the only force acting upon it. For humans this movement through space represents a physical experience in which it is difficult to orient or to establish a relationship with the direct surroundings.
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