Stedelijk Museum (Dutch pronunciation: [steːdələk myzeːjɵm ˌɑmstərdɑm]; Amsterdam Municipal Museum) is a modern art museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Founded in the 1870s, it is the largest museum of modern and contemporary art in the country. The museum is located on Museum Square (Museumplein), near the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

The Stedelijk Museum was founded in 1874 on the initiative of the Amsterdam bourgeoisie. Eighteen years later, the museum was built from 1892 to 1895 in Dutch neo-Renaissance style according to a design by the architect Adrian Willem Weissman. Due to renovations, more or less a century later the museum closed its doors in January 2004. From then until October 2008, the museum was provisionally installed in a building in Oosterdokskade 3-5, west Centraal Station under the name Stedelijk Museum CS. Then part of the museum’s collection was exhibited at the Nieuwe Kerk church and the Van Gogh Museum. From April 2010 until the third quarter of 2012, the museum was again installed near the railway station. After the end of the renovation work that resulted in the renovation and enlargement of the museum, it was officially reopened by Queen Beatrix on September 22, 2012, and reopened to the public the following day.

The museum has a collection of modern and contemporary art from the early 20th century to the 21st century. The 90,000 pieces consist of paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Piet Mondriaan, Gerrit Rietveld, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandisky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Jackson Pollock, Marc Chagall, Marlene Dumas, Lucio Fontana, Gilbert & George, among others. Its collection also includes a space painted by Karel Appel and a large collection of paintings by Kazimir Malevich.

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