23 Feb 2024 - 5 Jan 2025Amsterdam Museum at the Amstel
Collecting the City is an exhibition series in which the Amsterdam Museum, in collaboration with various communities and organizations, “collects” and presents the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Each edition consists of a few mini-expos that together form a single exhibition.
This fourth edition we present the small exhibition Kazerne Reigersbos in which five young creators talk about their neighborhood in Amsterdam Zuidoost.
An important place in Zuidoost
Reigersbos is a park-like neighborhood in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Its single-family homes with gardens are popular with couples raising their children, and many creatives from the younger generation are active there, too. They all enjoy living in this area but agree with the municipality that there is work to be done. The public green spaces, playgrounds, and sports fields need a facelift, and in some places they even feel unsafe. Besides that, there is a shortage of housing for younger inhabitants and the elderly, and the neighborhood lacks certain amenities, such as a meeting spot for young people and locals.
Responding to this lack, the neighborhood initiative Kazerne Reigersbos was launched in 2020. A group of local residents got permission from the municipality to temporarily convert a former fire station into something for the neighborhood. It has since grown into a cultural center and creative incubator, with studios for entrepreneurs, artists, and cultural organizations. In addition, the building houses a music production studio, neighborhood workspace, (community) stage, local kitchen, coffee bar, gym, and coworking spaces.
According to its initiators, this spot has become essential, and they hope they can stay. This exhibition makes clear why. A film shows the reasons behind the Kazerne’s establishment and what kind of role the venue has come to play in the neighborhood. In the second room is a workspace for the Future Tellers project. During the coming year, as part of this project, a group of young makers from the Kazerne are actively creating an art installation. Through this they will share their future vision of their neighborhood.
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Collecting the City #4
Until 2025, this is where the Amsterdam Museum will 'collect' and present our vibrant city, in collaboration with various parties and groups in the city. During this period, neighborhood museums, community networks, local artists, and passionate residents will share objects and stories about Amsterdam. Every half year, new contributors are invited to showcase their ideas—whether it’s a fresh perspective on the past, a beautiful or painful moment in the present, or a new vision of the city for the future. The Museum om de Hoek foundation, comprising 23 local museums throughout Amsterdam, is a permanent partner in this endeavor. They have a total of three rooms at their disposal.
Check out the other small exhibitions of Collecting the City #4:
- Unknown Zeedijk
- Museum om de Hoek
Made possible in part by
The exhibition is made possible by the VSBfonds, Kazerne Reigersbos and Het Cultuurfonds.
The Amsterdam Museum is structurally supported by Main Beneficiary Gemeente Amsterdam, Founder VriendenLoterij and Main Partner Education ELJA Foundation.