Harm Stevens is Curator of 20th-century Art

Curriculum Vitae and work

stevens Harm Stevens shares responsibility for the layout of the 20th-century gallery in the Rijksmuseum. One of the things he is currently managing is varying the works on paper in this gallery. These works range from the designs for the Speelhuis theatre and cube houses by architect Piet Blom to printed materials and ‘space suits’ from Luuks Laboratorium (1966-1967). He is interested in happenings, Provo (the Dutch counterculture movement in the mid-1960), Aldo van Eyck’s playgrounds, and in more general terms, the post-war generation ‘that sleeps in the shadow of the bomb and grows up in the neon light of the miracle of affluence.’ He is developing a symposium on the rise of the Homo Ludens in art, film and on television (1955-1967), as well as – something totally different – a book on the history of the Netherlands and Indonesia including official dress, blood-stained standards, photos, lighthouses and many other objects in the Rijksmuseum.


  • ‘The tumbling child belongs in the city scene, like herring carts. Playgrounds and equipment by Aldo van Eyck’, in: The Rijksmuseum bulletin, volume 61 (2013)/4, pp. 364-391
  • FK 23 Bantam (Amsterdam, 2013)
  • ‘The resonance of violence in collections’, Susan Legêne, Janneke van Dijk (ed.), The Dutch East Indies at the Tropenmuseum. A colonial history, Amsterdam, 2011, pp. 29-37
  • Together with Jan Piet Puype, Wapens van ridders en landsknechten in het Nederlands Legermuseum [The arms of knights and lansquenets in the Dutch Army Museum] (Delft, 2010)
  • De laatste Batakkoning. Koloniale kroniek in documenten 1883-1911 [The last Batak king. Colonial chronicle in documents 1883-1911], Museum Bronbeek (Arnhem, 2010)
  • Wilhelmina. Vorstin in oorlogstijd [Wilhelmina. Queen in war time] (Delft, 2005)
  • De Nederlands-Indische geschiedenis van de negentiende en twintigste eeuw in meer dan 100 verhalen [The Dutch East Indies history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in more than 100 stories] (Amsterdam, 2003)