CODART is the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art. The tremendous popularity and the fact that works of art from the Low Countries of the fifteenth through the nineteenth century are widely disseminated means that CODART’s network is extensive and unique. Major holdings of Dutch and Flemish fine and decorative art are located in approximately 50 countries. Most of these collections – assembled by royals and individuals passionate about Dutch and Flemish art – are currently held in public museums. CODART aims to make this widespread cultural heritage more visible and accessible to an international public. At the same time, the organization aims to increase public knowledge of Dutch and Flemish art, thereby lending a historical phenomenon a contemporary dimension.
“Ever since it was founded in 1998, CODART has played a fundamental role in the area of Old Master art from the Low Countries: it is a valuable network of curators responsible for collections of Northern European art who are utterly committed to furthering our knowledge of this heritage as well as preserving it. I particularly appreciate CODART ’s atmosphere, created by the researchers in ‘the field’, museum people familiar with the behind-the-scenes operation and function of the cultural heritage institutions they serve, as well as the material presence of the works of art in their care. Accordingly, meetings of CODART members and the relations forged there are fundamentally professional, effective and extremely friendly.”
Cécile Scaillierez, Musée du Louvre, Paris
At present, CODART connects over 600 curators from more than 300 museums in almost 50 countries. Members not only work for prestigious institutions such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, the Prado in Madrid, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, but also for less well-known museums in Australia, Cuba, Mexico, Poland and Ukraine. These curators serve a large audience: the museum-going public. As a result, CODART ultimately reaches a far broader target group than just its members: art historians, museum visitors, private collectors and art dealers; in fact, anyone interested in Dutch and Flemish art.
CODART fosters international cooperation in the areas of exhibitions, research and publications through its activities. Projects and exhibitions relating to artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer ultimately reach millions of people worldwide. It is therefore not surprising that CODART, which was founded in 1998, has attained such a prominent position within the international museum community.
How is CODART funded?
CODART is an independent foundation with ANBI status (public benefit organization), founded in 1998 and since 2001 the recipient of a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) by way of an institution which is subsidized under the Heritage Act. As of 1 January 2022 this is the Rijksmuseum. An ever-increasing number of activities have been made possible by the contributions of members and museums, and by fundraising through the Friends of CODART Foundation and the major cultural funds. Since 2021, CODART has also been in receipt of a subsidy from the Flemish Government.
CODART offers various platforms for the exchange of international expertise on Dutch and Flemish masters.
CODART’s annual congress is a unique event for members, who gather from all over the world to share insights and find partners for new exhibitions. The congress themes focus on issues related to curatorial work within a broad, topical and international framework. The CODARTfocus meetings are comprehensive sessions in which curators show their collections, open their stores, and discuss their exhibitions with their colleagues from all corners of the compass.
CODART’s website is the main port of call on the internet for everything related to Dutch and Flemish art in museums. It functions as an information and meeting center, a research tool, and as a guide to information and sources found elsewhere on the internet, such as museum websites, universities, and research institutions. Around 1000 unique visitors consult the website daily. They scan the latest news of the museum community, seek information about museum curators, visit exhibitions, look at paintings in collection catalogues, read the CODART publications and the Curator in the Spotlight section. Specialists and students can find suggestions for further reading, links to online publications, bibliographies, or the addresses of individuals and institutions that can help them further with their research.
“It goes without saying that CODART is important for curators, because this organization offers us the possibility of meeting colleagues from all over the world. This allows us to exchange information and discuss new ideas. As a curator in St. Petersburg, it means a great deal to me that Eastern and Western European museums are once again au courant about each other’s collections.” Irina Sokolova, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
The CODARTfeatures provide information on the network’s activities, members and collections, new developments, less well-known collections, and new curators. The publication is made for and by our members and friends, and is meant for everyone interested in Dutch and Flemish art around the globe.
More than 2500 subscribers from outside the curators’ network are kept informed about current exhibitions and news reports through CODART’s free e-mail service. CODART has also attracted a growing number of aficionados through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
“This is a wonderful, essential and enthusiastic organization that deserves everyone’s support.”
Johnny Van Haeften, Johnny Van Haeften Ltd, London, Patron of CODART
CODART annual report and policy plan
The Dutch Tax Administration has designated CODART as an ‘institution for general benefit’ (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling [ANBI]). CODART recognizes the importance of transparency and publishes its annual report online: Annual report 2022 Stichting CODART. Find the ANBI publication form 2022 here, and the policy plan 2021-2024 (in Dutch only) here. For questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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