The twenty-first annual congress of CODART opened tonight in Bruges with a festive reception. During the next two days 140 CODART members from around the world will enjoy lectures and excursions in the historic city of Bruges.
The congress was made possible thanks to the generous support of The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Brussels, the Friends of CODART Foundation, and the structural support of the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague. We thank the Musea Brugge for its generous hospitality.
On Monday, the Groeningemuseum will host the first day of the congress featuring lectures, discussions, and statements on the congress theme: Old Masters, Old-Fashioned? We are honored that this year’s lectures will be presented by Esmée Quodbach (The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, New York), Jane Turner (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), and Bendor Grosvenor (art historian, writer, dealer, and TV-presenter). In the afternoon, there are several excursions for congress participants, including an in-depth visit to the exhibition Haute Lecture by Colard Mansion at the Groeningemuseum, and a tour through the medieval Adornes Domain.
On Tuesday, the group will meet for a morning of brief presentations on current issues by curators in the Speakers’ Corner. Afterwards the congress participants may join various in-depth visits to museums in Bruges such as the Groeningemuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, the Gruuthusemuseum, and the print room of Musea Brugge. In addition, there are special visits to remarkable murals in private houses, a visit to the Emperor Charles Chimney Breast at Het Brugse Vrije, and a visit to the Church of Our Lady.
For more information about CODART 21, please see www.codart.nl/21