tuesday, may 5th marked 70 years since nazi occupation here in the netherlands. the stedelijk museum curated a powerful show educating patrons on what happened at the museum during the second world war. letters with instruction prohibiting display of jewish art, a secret bunker to protect important work, and the mighty actions of the resistance.
i am humbled by the brave spirit of the curators and museum employees that risked their lives to protect the work of jewish artists, collections and dealers. documents forged, provenance fudged, acquisitions made all to save the history of art.
i feel very lucky to be here in the netherlands for this particular liberation day anniversary.
during the war, the stedelijk museum used colors to code the important works within the museum's collection. red (irreplaceable), white (significant), and blue (replaceable): the dutch flag.