Oldenburg, van Bruggen Donate 175 Works to the Stedelijk

Lawrence Weiner, Birthday Card, 1992.COURTESY STEDELIJK MUSEUM

Lawrence Weiner, Birthday Card, 1992.


The good news just keeps coming for Beatrix Ruf, the recently appointed director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. The museum announced today that it will receive a gift of 175 artworks from the collection of Claes Oldenburg and his late wife and longtime collaborator Coosje van Bruggen. (The two met when van Bruggen was a curator at the Stedelijk, where she worked from 1967 to 1971. They married in 1977. Van Bruggen died in 2009.)

The donation includes pieces by 34 artists, including Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner (a birthday card to van Bruggen!), and Bruce Nauman. “Perhaps the most striking aspect of the gift is its intimacy,” Bart Rudden, the Stedelijk’s head of collections, said in a statement. “Where conceptual and minimalist art are often considered clinical and analytical, a very human and personal overtone resounds throughout this collection.”

Anselm Kiefer, Donald Judd Hides Brünhilde, 1976.

Anselm Kiefer, Donald Judd Hides Brünhilde, 1976.

One particularly interesting work is a 1976 Anselm Kiefer, for which he painted over a catalogue by Donald Judd. (See left.) It joins a relatively short but remarkable list of works that artists have made using the art or books of other artists. One could include on there the table that Martin Kippenberger made out of a Gerhard Richter painting, the John Wesley painting (and other pieces) that Darren Bader has made his own, and those kooky ceramics that Nicolás Guagnini paired with various monographs and showed at Bortolami last year.

Are you aware of other examples? Please share them in the comments section below.

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