On the first of April, CODART will leave its original offices at the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage in Amsterdam for the Netherlands Insitute for Art History in The Hague.
From 1998 until today, CODART has enjoyed the exceptional privilege of being the guest of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN) at its main offices on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam. There we had all the facilities we required for our operations, as well as the inspiring and unfailingly helpful company of the outstanding staff of the ICN.
The ICN is now in the process of reallocating its facilities and reducing its office space. At the same time, another of CODART’s partners has recently enlarged its own plant. That is, the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in The Hague. Last year the RKD, which resides in the Royal Library complex, moved to enlarged new quarters in that complex. Since the RKD is now in a better position to host us than the ICN, it was agreed all round that the time had come for a move. Both ICN and RKD have been major partners for CODART since its inception, and this will not change.
The move will take place on 1 April 2007. Our new location will be:
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5
NL-2595 BE The Hague
Telephone: +31 70 333 9744
Fax: +31 70 333 9749
E-mail (unchanged): firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new postal address will then be:
NL-2509 LK Den Haag
At the RKD, CODART will be in the same building as the Royal Library (KB), the National Archive and the Central Bureau for Genealogy. We will be next door to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one of our main supporters, and a five-minute walk from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Education, our prime source of funding. The KB complex adjoins The Hague Central Station, which has excellent rail connections to Schiphol Airport and all points on the European railway system. There is even a spacious parking lot nearby.
The move is not only a technical improvement for CODART, but also a way of getting closer to our members. At ICN headquarters, we worked in an office environment that no one visits unless they have an appointment. At the RKD we will be a few steps from the largest research facility in the world for Dutch and Flemish art and one of the best libraries in the field, open daily all year round. The RKD is usually the first port of call for curators coming to the Netherlands to do research. From April on, CODART expects greatly improved contact with our members between congresses and a further intensification of our prime function.
CODART would like to thank most cordially and sincerely the ICN for everything it has done for us. We look forward to good relations with the ICN in the future and to an exciting enhancement of our partnership with the RKD.