As part of CODART’s 25th anniversary year, the summary texts of museum collections with Dutch and Flemish art on this website are being greatly expanded in two installments. First, we would like to announce the addition of 46 new summary texts of collections in Belgium with significant holdings of art from the Low Countries. Nearly all texts were written exclusively for the CODART website by curators of the collection in question.
Among the represented museums are of course well-known collections such as the KMSKA, multiple sites of Musea Brugge, MSK Ghent, Brussels’ KMSKB and M Leuven, but the concise and insightful texts also aim to introduce smaller and lesser-known collections that hold artworks of exceptional importance, such as the Begijnhofmuseum in Turnhout, TreM.a in Namur, Hôpital Notre-Dame à la Rose in Lessines and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tournai. One can also read about the important graphic collections in Belgian libraries, for example the historic Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, the Royal Library of Belgium and Openbare Bibliotheek Brugge.
A second series of texts, on museum collections in the Netherlands, is currently in preparation and will be added to the website at the end of the anniversary year.
The CODART website currently offers more than 200 unique texts for various collections in the USA, Canada, the UK, Italy, Germany and Central Europe. With this project we aim to make Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide more visible and accessible to an international public.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all curators who contributed to the project.