This Will Not End Well at Stedelijk Museum

As part of the international tour of museums and following its debut at Moderna Museet in Stockholm nearly a year ago, This Will Not End Well is currently on view at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.  Nan Goldin´s comprehensive retrospective is exhibited in the largest gallery of the Stedelijk, spanning across six buildings, designed in collaboration with architect Hala Wardé.  The exhibition features 2600 meters of Divina 3 and Divina Melange 3 by Finn Sködt, alongside Balboa by Sahco, creating an immersive experience for visitors. It is a captivating journey through Goldin's deeply personal exploration of the emotions permeating human lives.

Each of the six spaces is meticulously crafted to complement specific artworks, collectively forming a village that encapsulates the artist's bohemian and intimate nightlife. Among the array of artworks presented in This Will Not End Well, visitors will encounter one of Goldin´s masterpieces: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1982 – 2022). This slideshow, comprising nearly 700 images, traverses the artist's experiences in New York during the 1970s and 1980s, offering an authentic portrayal of a generation amid the eruption of the AIDS epidemic in her community.

Throughout Goldin's body of work, captured through the lens of her camera, visitors will immerse themselves in the every day and the extraordinary. Nan Goldin´s art vividly portrays the intricate nuances of intimacy, vulnerability, and the paradoxical coexistence of autonomy and dependency, all supported by music, voice-overs, and archival materials.


Stedelijk Museum
Museumplein 10
1071 DJ Amsterdam

7 October 2023 – 28 January 2024

Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm

About Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin (born in Washington D.C. in 1953) is one of the most high-profile artists of our time. Her work’s exploration of the human experience is legendary and has profoundly influenced subsequent generations. Her first work, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, documents life in Provincetown, New York, Berlin and London beginning in the 1970s and 80s and up to the present day. Goldin photographed the world of her inner circle of creative, bohemian friends with raw tenderness. Her photographs give us snapshots of intimacy and coupling, the quotidian and wild parties, and the struggle between autonomy and dependency.

About Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is the place where everyone can discover and experience modern and contemporary visual art and design. The aim of the Stedelijk is to enrich people's lives with art. Their collection, exhibitions, publications, research, and educational programs offer unique and compelling insights into today’s world and highlight topics that impact our societies and individual lives. Their interactions between audiences and art are driven by dialogues with artists. They explore complex topics of yesterday, today, and tomorrow – as defined by artists and signalled by the museum– in an adventurous program. Their vision is guided by a fresh, energetic approach to displaying, caring for and renewing our world-famous collection.

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