20 June 2019

Stedelijk Studies: 'Towards a Museum of Mutuality'

Het Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (photo by John Lewis Marshall, Wikipedia)

Last week, a special edition of Stedelijk Studies, Towards a Museum of Mutuality, has been launched. The issue has been edited by Prof. Rosemarie Buikema (Gender Studies), Vassiliki Beia (Gender Studies), Margriet Schavemaker (Amsterdam Museum), Emilie Sitzia (UvA and UM) and Rosa Wevers (Gender Studies). 

Museums are increasingly realizing the urgency to reflect upon their role in the constitution of local, national, and global identities and common histories, and the concomitant processes of inclusion and exclusion. The legacy of modernity, with its notion of the artist as an “autonomous genius”, and a sense of universal values of quality and taste, still haunts museums.

a search for new strategies

The recent article by Mike Murawski, “Interrupting White Dominant Culture in Museums,” which he wrote “as part of a rapidly expanding group of museum workers, leaders, and advocates for change who see the language of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility spread like wildfire on the surface of museums without necessarily seeing the deep institutional transformations that are needed within museums,” forcefully shows that the field is concerned with and looking for strategies to deeply change the established museum culture and norms. Within this issue of Stedelijk Studies, authors with academic as well as professional backgrounds critically question these aspects of the museum and examine strategies and practices that van equip museum further with the tools to become spaces where different tastes, views, and iconographies meet – spaces that can become agents of social change, museum of mutuality.

stedelijk studies

Stedelijk Studies is the academic online journal of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, published in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Maastricht University. More information about the journal can be found here