Beyond Conceptual Art

00:09:48 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Watch this short documentary about the versatile Seth Siegelaub; a unique person in the art world.

Seth Siegelaub

The exhibition Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art is the first all-encompassing overview of Seth Siegelaub’s versatile life, which was so diverse that it’s impossible to caption in words. Seth was a gallerist, independent curator, publisher, researcher, archivist, bibliographer and collector. This mini-documentary is all about the extraordinary life of Seth, someone who was truly unique for the art world.


In this mini-documentary Leontine Coelewij, curator of the exhibition, provides us with an introduction about Seth Siegelaub’s life as curator, collector, researcher, publicist and bibliographer. Jan Dibbets speaks about Seth Siegelaub as curator and pioneer on the field of conceptual art. Professor of International Communication Cees Hamelink tells us about Seth’s work as political researcher, and his interest in mass media and leftist literature about communication. One of Seth’s beliefs as a curator was that exhibitions didn’t only have to take place in a museum, they could also be presented as catalogues, symposiums and posters. Irma Boom, designer of the exhibition catalogue, describes Seth’s idea of the book as an exhibition. And lastly, Seth’s life partner, Marja Bloem talks about their enormous handwoven, non-Western textile collection.

Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art
12 dec 2015 - 17 apr 2016
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Video credits

  • Thanks to: Leontine Coelewij, Jan Dibbets, Irma Boom, Cees Hamelink, Marja Bloem 
  • Commissioned by educational departement Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 
  • Production: Mals Media || Anna Jordans 
  • Research and interviews: Else Siemerink 
  • Camera & editing: Florian Koch 
  • Translation: Eric Brevink
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