Back to Berlin – And What It Means to Be a Curator Today

From 2 to 4 June 2019, the CODART congress will take place for the first time in Berlin. In partnership with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, we are organizing three days in which we will take a close look at the permanent collections of Dutch and Flemish art of all the museums we will visit and reflect on the status of the curator’s profession. The theme of CODART 22, which you can read here, is “Back to Berlin – And What It Means to Be a Curator Today.” What are the questions that confront us as curators today? And can we find the answers to them in our museum roots and our art-historical roots, in which Berlin has played such an important role?


The Gemäldegalerie in Berlin possesses what is undoubtedly one of the most important collections of early Netherlandish paintings and 17th-century baroque paintings from the Low Countries. We aim to give CODART members an opportunity to study the collection from close by. After the plenary program on Monday, we will be spending the afternoon in the galleries of the Gemäldegalerie, looking at the paintings in smaller groups. The museum is closed to the public on Mondays, which means that we can study the artworks without distraction, together with the relevant curators and other specialists. In the lunch break we will make a brief excursion to Italian art: the museum has offered us a unique opportunity to enjoy a private viewing of the exhibition Mantegna and Bellini Masters of the Renaissance.

On Tuesday we will be the guests of the Bode Museum on the Museum Island, where we are holding the Speakers’ Corner part of the congress. You can already send in your proposal for the Speaker’s Corner: please find the call for contributions on this page.

On Monday and on Tuesday afternoon we will organize study visits to the Gemäldegalerie, the Kupferstichkabinett, the Bode Museum, and Schloss Charlottenburg.

Optional visits to Jagdschloss Grunewald, Sanssouci, and Schwerin

Optional visits will be offered on Sunday and Wednesday. For instance, on Sunday you can choose to see a special exhibition of paintings by Cranach at Jagdschloss Grunewald. Alternatively, you may decide to travel to the Picture Gallery at Sanssouci to study the remarkable collection of Flemish and Dutch baroque paintings. On Wednesday 5 June we offer an optional full-day excursion to the beautiful city of Schwerin, where we will visit the Staatliches Museum Schwerin and the Castle of Schwerin.

In addition to these and other items on the program, there will naturally be plenty of time and space for networking and for discussion of the congress theme that is close to all our hearts: the curator’s profession.

Please find the program on this page.