On Thursday 11 June CODART and the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) organized an afternoon at the Amsterdams Historisch Museum for their friends. The combination of members of both friend organizations proved a fruitful mix of art lovers and professionals in the arts, from policy makers to art dealers, as well as members of the CODART board and the advisory committee to the friends of CODART foundation, such as Anthony Ruys, Emilie Gordenker, Jan Veldhuis and former Minister of Culture Hedy d’Ancona.
In the Amsterdams Historisch Museum, the friends were offered an interesting program, connected to the current exhibition Old Masters of Amsterdam. Norbert Middelkoop, curator at the Amsterdams Historisch Museum, introduced the exhibition with a lecture on the history of the collection of the city of Amsterdam. He demonstrated how this unique and vast collection of high quality painting was formed in over four centuries.
After the lecture, the friends had the opportunity to visit the exhibition, with curator Norbert Middelkoop present for questions and further explanation.
Following this visit, Taco Dibbits, director of collections of the Rijksmuseum, held a lecture on the close engagement of the collection of the city of Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum. Many paintings in the Rijksmuseum are on loan from the city of Amsterdam, for instance The Nightwatch and The Jewish bride by Rembrandt and the Woman reading a letter by Vermeer.
At the end of the afternoon there was some time for visiting the permanent collection of our host after which there was an informal reception. The afternoon was an example of the fruitful collaboration of the RKD and CODART. The interesting program and the diversity of friends made it a successful afternoon.
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