Friends activities

The Friends of CODART Foundation organizes special activities, such as a museum visit for all Friends and the Patrons Salon for major benefactors.

Upcoming Activities

Saturday 10 March 2018 – Patrons Salon Maastricht.  We kindly invite all Business Sponsors, Patrons and those interested in supporting the Friends of CODART Foundation in the future to attend the upcoming Patrons Salon with the theme ‘To Share or Not to Share My Private Collection’ at the MECC in Maastricht. Please download the invitation here.

Previous Activities

11 March 2017 – Patrons Salon Maastricht

Old Masters – Old Fashioned?
That was the question at the heart of the Patrons Salon that took place on Saturday, March 11th during TEFAF in Maastricht. Bendor Grosvenor (art dealer, art historian, blogger), Stijn Alsteens (former curator of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, now attached to Christie’s), and Titia Vellenga (collector and chair of the board of the Friends of CODART Foundation) introduced the subject, after which an animated debate, moderated by Anna Tummers, curator of Old Masters at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, took place with a packed audience of Patrons and special guests. Download the invitation for more information: Invitation Patrons Salon 2017, or find a more in-depth report in the Newsletter.

2 December 2016 – Presentation of the new CODART website

On this afternoon, CODART Members and Friends were invited to the festive inauguration of CODART’s new website at the Frans Hals Museum. The presentation took place during the exhibition Dutch Old Masters from Budapest: Highlights from the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, which featured over 80 works by Dutch Old Masters from one of the finest museum collections in the world. The event concluded with a festive reception in the museum. The 2016 website renewal project was funded by grants from the Mondriaan Fund, the Dioraphte Foundation, and the Friends of CODART Foundation.

24 March 2016 – Friends Afternoon at the Rockox House Antwerp

During this afternoon friends were taken on a tour through the exhibition Power Flower by Nico Van Hout, Curator at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Also, Hildegard Van de Velde, Curator at the Rockox House, guided the group through the intimate museum. And last but not least, Manfred Sellink, Director of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, gave a presentation about the major renovations taking place at the museum at this moment. All participants were treated to a festive reception afterwards.

Friends afternoon at the Rockox House Antwerp - 24 March 2016 - The Power Flower Exhibition

Nico Van Hout revealing the secrets of flower stillifes

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Curator Hildegard Van de Velde shows Friends the Rockox House







12 March 2016 – Patrons Salon Maastricht

Contemporary or Antique Frames – How to Make your Decision?

On Saturday morning 12 March the Patrons Salon took place during TEFAF in Maastricht. Framing specialists Michael Gregory (Arnold Wiggins & Sons, London) and Guy Sainthill (Sainthill Frames, Haarlem) spoke about this subject under the guidance of Quentin Buvelot, Senior Curator at the Mauritshuis. Download the invitation for more information: Invitation Patrons Salon 2016

Participants having coffee at the Patrons Salon

Participants having coffee at the Patrons Salon in Maastricht

Studying frames during the Patrons Salon Maastricht - 12 March 2016

Studying frames during the Patrons Salon Maastricht







11-17 October 2015 – Study Trip to the Midwest, USA

From 11-17 October 2015, CODART traveled to the Midwest, USA. This study trip was open to both Members and Patrons of CODART. Within one week the CODART bus took us to fascinating collections of Dutch and Flemish art in museums in Detroit, Toledo, Oberlin, Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago. Yao-Fen You, Associate Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and George Keyes, former Curator of European Paintings, both at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), helped with creating an interesting program. George also traveled along with the twenty Members and ten Patrons that registered and provided valuable background information about the museums and the region. For more information about the study trip click here.

George Keyes at the Dayton Art Institute

George Keyes at the Dayton Art Institute

Study Trip participants at the Print Room of the Detroit Institute of Art

Study Trip participants at the Print Room of the Detroit Institute of Arts







14 March 2015 – Patrons Salon Maastricht

Oh My! – A Loan Request!
A CODART Patrons Salon with Willem Baron van Dedem, Leonore van Sloten and Bart-Jan Kastrop. Moderator: Pieter Roelofs
Read more information about this meeting in the invitation. Or read a full report in the Friends Newsletter, Summer 2015.

17 December 2014 – Friends Museum Visit The Hague

Connoisseurship: Bredius, Jan Steen and the Mauritshuis in Museum Bredius in The Hague
The participants were welcomed by John Hoogsteder, who gave an interesting introduction to the exhibition and Museum Bredius. After this, the group was offered the opportunity to view the exhibition and the museum by themselves. The afternoon was festively concluded at Museum Bredius’ neighbor: art dealer Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder. Willem Jan Hoogsteder, one of CODART’s first Patrons, and his staff treated us to drinks and a tour.

16-17 October 2014 – Friends event New York

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry
This event was open to CODART Patrons and to all those who wanted to become acquainted with CODART and what it offers its benefactors. The Friends visited the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Zukerman, followed by a private viewing of the Pieter Coecke van Aelst exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the evening dinner was offered by the Consul General of Belgium at his residence. In the early morning of 17 October the Friends were invited to visit the collection of Dutch and Flemish Old Masters in The Frick Collection.

15 March 2014 –  Patrons Salon Maastricht

The Collector and the Connoisseur
The Brian Capstick Collection is one of the finest private collections of seventeenth-century Dutch still lifes in the world. From an early point in his collecting career, the entrepreneur Brian Capstick started to seek advice from Dr Sam Segal, who is both a biologist and an expert in still lifes. As a connoisseur, Sam Segal helped Brian Capstick recognize the quality of paintings, which has been very valuable for him. It is great to see that they have become very close friends over the years. We organized a public interview with Brian Capstick and Sam Segal. Dr Adriaan Waiboer, CODART member and Curator of Northern European Art at the National Gallery in Dublin, discussed different topics with our speakers , like ‘What role can a connoisseur play in making these choices?’ and ‘Are connoisseurs necessarily good advisors?’.  A separate interview with Brian Capstick has been published in the CODART eZine in the summer of 2014.

12 December 2013 – Friends Museum Visit Haarlem

The 100 Most Beautiful Rembrandts
On 12 December 2013 the Friends of CODART and Friends of the RKD visited Teylers Museum in Haarlem. Michiel Plomp, Chief Curator of the art collections, gave an interesting lecture on the appreciation of Rembrandt’s work. After this, everyone was free to admire Rembrandt’s wonderful drawings and etchings. The exhibition showed 100 of the most beautiful drawings and etchings by the master taken out of the museum’s storage rooms for the occasion. We ended this special afternoon with drinks in Café Stempels.

16 March 2013 – Patrons Salon Maastricht

This year’s topic was the Maida and George Abrams Collection, which is one of the finest private collections of seventeenth-century Dutch drawings in the world. George Abrams, who formed this collection with his late wife Maida, told us about his experiences with the evolving art market over his fifty-year collecting career, and his successful cooperation with museums. Dr. Peter C. Sutton, executive director and chief executive officer of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, discussed their cooperation from the museum director’s point of view. Susan Anderson shared her experiences as private curator of the Maida and George Abrams Collection.

19 December 2012 – Amsterdam Museum

On 19 December 2012 the Friends of CODART and Friends of the RKD also visited Amsterdam, where they attended a lecture and special viewing of the exhibition The Golden Age, birthplace of our world at the Amsterdam Museum. This enjoyable afternoon ended with drinks in the museum café.

17 March 2012 – Patrons Salon in Maastricht

In March 2012 the first Patrons Salon, titled Looking through a microscope, took place during TEFAF at the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in Maastricht. Dr. Ron Spronk, Professor of Art History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and Affiliate Professor (Hieronymus Bosch and Early-Netherlandish Painting) at the Radboud University in Nijmegen gave a lecture. He illustrated recent developments by discussing his work on the famous Ghent altarpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers. After his lecture the CODART Patrons were given a tour of the SRAL.

15 December 2011 – Visit to the Rembrandt House Museum Amsterdam

In December 2011 the Friends of CODART invited its own Friends and the Friends of the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) to the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, where they attended a lecture given by the director of the museum and were given a private tour of In Rembrandt’s Footsteps: Dutch Paintings from a Private Collection by both the director and the curator of the exhibition.