Sandberg Wing, Stedelijk Museum

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Demolished 2007

The Disappointed Tourist: Stedelijk Museum, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

My first, immediate thought is the Sandberg Pavilion of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. It got torn down to erect the new, admittedly superbly ugly new wing of the Stedelijk – the so-called bathtub. Wouter D.

The Stedelijk Museum is a museum of Contempory and Modern Art located in Amsterdam. The Stedelijk Museum’s original Dutch Neo-Renaissance building was largely funded by Sophia Adriana de Bruyn and was designed by Dutch architect Adriaan Willem Weissman, opening in 1895.  The annex known as the Sandberg Wing, was built in 1954 at the direction of Willem Sandberg, then Director of the Stedelijk Museum, to accommodate experimental art. The Sandberg Wing was demolished to make way for a new annex designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, known as the “Bathtub” that finally opened in 2012, after many delays. The original building was also renovated at this time.