CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

CODART started crowdfunding for Ferdinand Dorsman Grant

To honor the memory of Ferdinand Dorsman, Wouter Biesterbos of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken the initiative, in cooperation with CODART, to establish a Ferdinand Dorsman Grant.

Ferdinand Dorsman (12 March 1958 – 4 December 2011) worked for many years in the Department of International Cultural Cooperation of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was the Head of Press and Cultural Affairs of the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, and served from 2009 until his death as General Director of Cultural Affairs USA of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

A passionate cultural diplomat, Ferdinand took a particular interest in CODART, the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art. He shared his knowledge and contacts with great generosity, and on several occasions he hosted CODART events in Germany and the United States.

The Ferdinand Dorsman Grant 2012 will enable a curator of Dutch and Flemish art from a museum in Central or Eastern Europe to take part in one of the 2012 international CODART events.

This grant is intended to honor Ferdinand Dorsman, whose open, engaging and inquisitive personality enabled him to build up a broad network of contacts and to launch many initiatives in the field of international cultural cooperation. Our initiative is supported by Ferdinand’s partner, Giulio Bono, and his sons, Max and Arend.

We would be grateful for your support of this initiative.

Please make your payments to the Friends of CODART Foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands, account number, ref. “Ferdinand Dorsman Grant”.
IBAN code: NL47ABNA0476763347

American citizens can make donations through the American Friends of CODART Fund, ref. “Ferdinand Dorsman Grant”:

For more information please contact Gerdien Verschoor, director of CODART, at or tel. +31 70 3339744.

P.O. Box 90418
2509 LK The Hague
The Netherlands