CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

The New Rijksmuseum and the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History): Presenting and Researching Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art and History

Course: 1 September - 6 September 2013

The aim of this 6-day course is to give an in-depth introduction on the newly re-opened Rijksmuseum, the RKD (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie/Netherlands Institute for Art History), as well as research facilities and tools.

A series of lectures, presentations, workshops and excursions with prominent scholars and museum professionals will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in presenting Dutch art and history, research and exhibition projects, as well as methodologies. A number of the sessions have been designed to encourage interactive discussion between the speakers and the course participants. There will be ample opportunity for discussion in front of the original works of art. Moreover, the participants are offered the possibility to build up a network of contacts with scholars and curators in The Netherlands.

Target group: The course is primarily intended for young museum curators, PhD candidates and professional art historians specialising in 17th-century Dutch art. There will be a maximum of 25 participants. The ability to communicate in English is required.

Application: Candidates will be selected on basis of their 1) detailed curriculum vitae and 2) letter of motivation. The application deadline is the 1st of July 2013. Due to the great demand for this course and limited number of places available, applicants are recommended to apply as soon as possible.

Fee: 650,00 Euro. The course fee includes lunches, coffee breaks, entrance fees and local travel expenses in The Netherlands related to the programme activities.

Information and Application

Registration is through the online application form. For more information please contact the AMSU.


PO Box 53066
1007 RB Amsterdam

T: +31.20.6200 225
F: +31.20. 624 93 68
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Sunday September 1

Location: Felix Meritis, Amsterdam
12:00-13:00 Registration
13:00-14:00 Welcome and introduction of the course leaders and the participants
14:00-17:00 Amsterdam Museum, exhibition The Golden Age (Kees Zandvliet, Head of Research, Exhibitions and Education)

Monday September 2

The old and the new Rijksmuseum

Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Session chairs and speakers: Taco Dibbits, Femke Diercks, Martine Gosselink, Pieter Roelofs, Frits Scholten, Gregor Weber

10:00-10:30 Taco Dibbits (Director of collections), Welcome and introduction to the new Rijksmuseum
10:30-11:00 Martine Gosselink (Head of the History Department), The history of the Rijksmuseum
11:00-11:30 Gregor Weber (Head of the Fine Arts Department), The Rijksmuseum collections
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:15-17:00 Workshops at the Rijksmuseum galleries

1. Pieter Roelofs (Curator of 17th Century Dutch Painting), The first half of the 17th century
2. Gregor Weber, The second half of the 17th century
3. Frits Scholten (Curator of Sculpture), 17th century Dutch sculpture
4. Femke Diercks ( Curator of Applied Arts), Special collections

19:00-20:30 A night at the Rijksmuseum: Rembrandt’s Nightwatch and The Gallery of Honour (Pieter Roelofs)

Tuesday September 3

The Karel van Mander Institute

Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Session chairs and speakers: Rudi Ekkart, Jonathan Bikker, Jan van Campen, Erik Hinterding, Huigen Leeflang, Idellete van Leeuwen, Jenny Reynaerts, Jane Turner

10:00-10:30 Rudi Ekkart (Former Director of the RKD), The Karel van Mander Institute
10:30-12:00 “No exhibitions without research”: scholarship at the museum

All of the speakers will give a short description [10 minutes] of the subject of their exhibition project discussing both methodology and the practical aspects of selecting, researching, writing and publishing. This will be followed by a group discussion in which the course participants will actively take part. The sessions are intended to provide advice for those participants engaged in exhibition projects and a discussion of the place and value of thematic and monographic exhibitions in academia and the museum world.

1. Jan van Campen (Curator of Asian Export), Asia in Amsterdam
2. Huigen Leeflang (Curator of Prints) , Hercules Segers
3. Jonathan Bikker (Research Curator), Rembrandt: The final years
4. Jenny Reynaerts (Curator of 18th and 19th Century Dutch Painting), Vermeer and after

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-17:00 Workshops at the Rijksmuseum Printroom

Jane Turner (Head of the Printroom), Welcome and introduction to the Printroom
Erik Hinterding (Curator of Prints), Rembrandt
Huigen Leeflang/Idellete van Leeuwen (Head of the Paper Conservation Department), Hercules Segers

Wednesday September 4

The RKD as a research tool

Location: RKD, The Hague
Session chairs and speakers: Chris Stolwijk, Gerdien Verschoor, Marie-Françoise Borg, Sabine Craft-Giepmans, Charles Dumas, Michiel Franken, Rieke van Leeuwen, Erik Löffler, Fred Meijer, Laurens Schoemaker, Constance Scholten, Marianne de Voogd

10:00-10.30 Chris Stolwijk (Director of the RKD), Welcome
Erik Löffler (Curator of Old Master Drawings), Introduction to the RKD

10.30-11.30 Participants circulate along presentations [each 15 minutes] of the different parts of the collection (visual documentation, archives, library):

Fred Meijer (Curator of Old Master Paintings), Department of Old Master Paintings
Charles Dumas (Senior Curator of Old Master Paintings and Drawings), Department of Old Master Drawings
Sabine Craft-Giepmans (Curator of Portrait Iconography), Department of Portrait Iconography
Laurens Schoemaker (Assistant Curator of Topography), Department of Topography

11.30-12.00 Coffee break
12.00-13.00 Participants circulate along presentations [each 15 minutes] of the different parts of the collection (visual documentation, archives, library):

Constance Scholten (Curator of Iconography), Department of Iconography
Marie-Françoise Borg (Department of Old Master Paintings and Drawings), Hofstede de Groot notes and Bredius archive
Michiel Franken (Curator of Technical Documentation & Rembrandt and School), Department of Technical Documentation
Marianne de Voogd (Head of Library), Auction catalogues and Lugt online

13.00-14.00 Lunch at the RKD and introduction to CODART by Gerdien Verschoor, Director of CODART

14.00-17.00 Workshop in which each participant researches an individual case (i.e. his/her research/PhD project). Lecturers of morning sessions will be present for assistance.

Thursday September 5

Location: RKD, etc., The Hague
Session chairs and speakers: Wietske Donkersloot, Volker Manuth, and others

Morning: The Hague excursion

12.00-13.15 Lunch at the RKD
13.15-16.30 Research databases:
1. Wietske Donkersloot (Coordinator Technical Documentation Department), The Rembrandt Database
2. Volker Manuth (Professor of Art History, Radboud University Nijmegen), Remdoc
3. Rijksmuseum studio

Public Lecture

Location: Felix Meritis, Amsterdam
19.00- 20.00 Henk van Os (Former Director of the Rijksmuseum), The old and the new Rijksmuseum

Drinks afterwards

Friday September 6

Location: Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) Amsterdam / Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Session chairs and speakers: Remmelt Daalder, Cathy Jager, Gert Jan Koot, Willem de Ridder

9.30-12.30 Remmelt Daalder (Curator), Presenting the collections at the Scheepvaartmuseum
13.00-14.00 Lunch at the Rijksmuseum

14.00-17.00: Rijksmuseum
1. Geert Jan Koot (Head of the Rijksmuseum library), Library
2. Cathy Jager (Head of collection documentation and registration), Documentation
3. Willem de Ridder (Head of the painting conservation department), Painting Conservation Department

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