On February 1, 2015, Bart van der Heide (1974) joins the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
as Chief Curator. Together with the directors he will be responsible for developing and implementing the museums policy on exhibitions and collection presentations, the Public Program and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA). Van der Heides duties also include overseeing scholarly research and becoming a member of the museums Management Team.
Van der Heide was appointed the director of the prestigious Kunstverein München in 2010, which underwent an ambitious growth under his directorate. Prior to this he was curator at Cubitt Gallery in London and Witte de With in Rotterdam. Van der Heide is internationally renowned for curating numerous debut solo exhibitions and for his consistent embedding of young generations of artists within historic and multidisciplinary frameworks. He has curated exhibitions with artists including Trisha Baga, Bernadette Corporation, Keren Cytter, Ger van Elk, Harun Farocki, Ian Kiaer, Tobias Madison, Richard Tuttle, Tris Vonna-Michell, Rebecca Warren, Cathy Wilkes and Haegue Yang. Articles by Van der Heide regularly appear in international journals and publications.
Bart van der Heide on his appointment: "The Stedelijk is at an interesting stage of its development: a moment when the relationship between the institution and society is being defined more broadly both in terms of its relevance and value to the community, and in relation to local and global perspectives. I am deeply impressed by the teams enthusiasm and creativity and look forward to playing a part in shaping this inspiring dynamic."
Beatrix Ruf, director Stedelijk Museum: "We are extremely proud that Bart van der Heide is coming to Amsterdam to join and fortify the Stedelijk team. His incredible knowlegde about contemporary art and the historic collection of the Stedelijk will be of great value. We are also very excited about his inspiring ideas to connect our programs to a wide range of audiences."