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Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam

5 Oosterdokskade (temporary location)
Netherlands 1011 AD
Tel: 31 20 573 2911's insider take:

This modern art and design museum's permanent home on Museumplein was a little run down by the time it closed for renovations in 2004. The good news is that until autumn 2008, the museum's galleries have moved across town to the second and third floors of the former post office tower, near Centraal Station and a stone's throw from the IJ (an arm of the southern sea). Local architectural team Zwarts & Jansma (also responsible for the Rembrandt House Museum facade) played up the temporary nature of the galleries by fitting out the space with inexpensive materials. To our surprise, it's a great backdrop for the Stedelijk's temporary exhibits and permanent collection from Dutch Stijl through the Cobra movement, and video art through Gilbert and George. The Stedelijk Bureau Amsterdam also curates a tiny gallery space for intimate exhibitions of up-and-coming artists in the Jordaan district of town (59 Rozenstraat; 31-20-422-0471;

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm.

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