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Older news items that were posted on CODART at Home will be archived below.


Tuesday, 23 June – UK museums are allowed to reopen on 4 July. The National Gallery announced on its Facebook page that it is “working hard on our reopening plans for the Gallery”. Meanwhile, some museums in Paris have already reopened (Musée Jacquemart-André) or announced dates on which they will start to receive visitors again. The Louvre reopens on 6 July and  the Fondation Custodia follows on 7 July.

Tuesday, 16 June – The exhibition In the light of Cuyp. Aelbert Cuyp & Gainsborough – Constable – Turner, which was to open at the Dordrechts Museum later this year, is rescheduled to 3 October 2021 until 6 March 2022. New dates for the exhibition Rembrandt: Portrait of a Man (National Gallery Prague) have been confirmed. The exhibition will open on 25 September 2020 and close on 31 January 2021.

Wednesday, 10 June – CODART will organize an ‘online congress‘ in lieu of this year’s congress in Stockholm as an alternative way to connect CODART members with their colleagues from all over the world. Various activities will be organized on the original congress days (14-16 June 2020). CODART 23 in Stockholm will now take place from 14 to 16 June 2020. Mark your calendars!

Tuesday, 2 June – The Lucas Gassel exhibition in Helmond is extended until 30 August. For more information see our page about the exhibition or the CODARTfeature written by the exhibition curator Anna Koopstra.

Wednesday, 27 May – In February there was an opinion piece in a Dutch newspaper titled ‘stop our blockbuster addiction’. Now, in the age of social distancing museums worldwide will likely be forced to hold off their blockbusters and return their focus to the permanent collections in their care. For our latest CODARTfeature we asked three curators to share their views on the matter.

Monday, 25 May – The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza reopens on 2 June and extended the exhibition Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture, 1590-1670 to 30 August 2020.

Tuesday, 19 May – Only a day after our news item about the reopening of European museums, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston announced that it will be reopening quite soon as well. As one of the first museums in the US, the MFAH plans to reopen on 23 May after a two-month shutdown. Social distancing and other preventive protocols will be required according to the museum website.

Monday, 18 May – Most of the Belgian museums are either re-opening today or tomorrow. These include The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, M Leuven, and MSK Ghent.

Thursday, 7 May Many German museums are either re-opening next week or have already started to receive visitors since Monday. The Gemäldegalerie in Berlin announced to re-open on Tuesday 12 May. Meanwhile, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium will re-open on Tuesday 19 May and museums in The Netherlands have been granted permission to receive ticketed visitors starting 1 June.

Wednesday, 6 May – The Getty released an insightful two-part podcast in which six US museum directors discuss the pandemic and its repercussions for their institutions. Part one features Max Hollein (Metropolitan Museum of Art), James Rondeau (Art Institute of Chicago) and Kaywin Feldman (National Gallery of Art). The second part has Matthew Teitelbaum (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Ann Philbin (Hammer Museum) and Timothy Potts (J. Paul Getty Museum).

Thursday, 30 April The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna announced that it will re-open to the public on 30 May.

Tuesday, 28 April – Many new additions have been added to CODART at Home. These include a new virtual tour through the Groeningmuseum in Bruges with high-quality images, texts and audio for many of its famous highlights. Also new is the Rijksmuseum pubquiz. You can challenge your friends and colleagues with the ready-to-use package and boast your knowledge of the Dutch art and history. And tonight, in episode two of the the British TV-series Museums in Quarantine, historian Simon Schama takes the viewer on a very personal virtual tour of the Young Rembrandt exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The episode airs 28 April at 19:30 (GMT+1) on BBC4.

Wednesday, 22 April – Some German museums plan to reopen on 4 May. According to the Art Newspaper, smaller museums in certain German regions are among the first to re-open. However, The Dresden State Art Collections are also planning to open gradually starting 4 May. Berlin’s State Museums will release more details about re-openings next week. Austrian museums and libraries plan to from mid-May, The Guardian reports.

Thursday, 16 April – CODART at Home has been updated with many new additions! Among other things we added links to the Flemish ‘Stay at Home Museum’ video series, which aired an episode about Bruegel at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and announced an upcoming tour ofthe Rubens House in Antwerp, as well as a documentary about the exhibition Black in Rembrandt’s Time in the Rembrandt House Museum.

Thursday, 9 April – The CODART 23 Congress in Stockholm is postponed. The twenty-third Congress was to take place in Stockholm from 14 to 16 June. Read our statement regarding the postponement of CODART 23 in our news item.

Thursday, 9 April – A quarter of the museums in the Netherlands might not make the end of the year due to the corona pandemic, according to a survey among the members of the Dutch Museums Association. A fifth of the associated museums said that they expect to have problems paying next month’s salaries, said the association’s director in the Dutch newspaper NRC.

Tuesday, 7 April International Museum Day 2020 (#IMD2020) is going digital. ICOM, the organizer of the annual event, proposes to focus on digital events for this year’s Museum Day. An alternative date is proposed for museums who wish to organize activities on site: a three-day celebration from 14 through 16 November 2020.

Monday, 6 April The Association of Dutch Art Historians (VNK) is organizing a video conference titled Art History in Quarantine on Thursday 10 April. The conference focuses on the challenges and opportunities for digital art history in current times. See the VNK website for information and tickets.

Friday, 3 April 2020 – The Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent announced a guided tour through the exhibition Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution by co-curator Till-Holger Borchert. The video will be broadcasted on 8 April at 7 PM (CET). Following the private tour is live Q&A with co-curator Frederica Van Dam. Head to the FlemishMasters account on Facebook to view or subscribe for the video.

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