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Rijksmuseum Seeks Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Drawings

The Rijksmuseum is looking for a curator of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century drawings. The deadline for applications is 1 September 2021.

The curator will work within the team of twelve curators and researchers of the Rijksprentenkabinet, as well as with the museum’s curators, conservators, information specialists and registrars. The curator is responsible for the museum’s holdings of 1eighteenth- and nineteenth-century drawings and is closely involved in all aspects of the scholarly research, publication and interpretation of works in this subject area. The curator is also responsible for recommending potential new acquisitions and plays a major role in exhibitions and displays in this field.

Main tasks

  • Manage the assigned collections and oversee the process of cataloguing, and making the artworks accessible;  
  • Research the drawings under your care and write scholarly texts for the permanent collection catalogues; 
  • Conduct academic research and publish about works on paper in this period;
  • Organize and co-ordinate presentations and exhibitions;
  • Communicate your expertise with both a lay and a professional public through publications, lectures and informal tours; 
  • Follow the art market and make proposals for acquisitions in this area;
  • Maintain and develop contacts with collectors;
  • Represent the Rijksprentenkabinet in the art-historical world.


  • Academic degree in art history (at least M.A.); 
  • Minimum of two years’ curatorial experience with works on paper;
  • Ability to develop and elaborate creative visions;
  • Experience with project work, including in interdisciplinary (academic) context;
  • Experience in publishing catalogues and articles in leading academic journals and the equivalent;
  • Recognized expertise in the field of drawings, both nationally and internationally;
  • Excellent command of the Dutch language (or the willingness to learn it in the short term) and English language.

For more information and to apply, see the vacancy on the Rijksmuseum website.