The six carpets seem to be an odd one out in the Stedelijk’s collection. It is a typical example of how the Western view of the past collected art from outside Europe and North America as something ‘naive’ and ‘primitive’. Artists were inspired by creativity and traditional craftsmanship. In this exhibition I let the public look at the same thing through different glasses. What strikes you most?
Curator of Design Amanda Pinatih
In today’s Stedelijk, research will be given a more prominent role than before. The museum’s own collection and exhibition history is also examined. Sandberg’s choice of these six carpets is enigmatic and fascinating and can be explained within the framework of his time.
Director Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Rein Wolfs