CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Tuesday 4 June

In-depth study visits on Tuesday 4 June, 14:30-16:00

Visits 2-5 are also offered on Monday.

1. Gemäldegalerie: Storage rooms with Stephan Kemperdick

The visit to the storage rooms of the Gemäldegalerie is meant to give an idea of some of those works that rarely, if ever, are shown to the general public. Together with Stephan Kemperdick participants will have a closer look at some individual objects that pose questions about their attribution, date and, quite often, state of preservation.

2. Gemäldegalerie: Early Netherlandish art with Katrin Dyballa

Katrin Dyballa is Research Associate at the Gemäldegalerie. She will take you through the galleries and focus on the collection of Early Netherlandish painting and her work on the catalogue of this collection. Discussions will be in front of the objects: new findings and for instance problems of attribution.

3. Gemäldegalerie: Seventeenth-century art with Katja Kleinert

Katja Kleinert, Curator for Dutch and Flemish Art of the Seventeenth Century at the Gemäldegalerie will first take you through the galleries with a focus on the seventeenth century. She will end the visit with a discussion about one painting in particular. This painting is attributed to Gonzales Coques, but questions have been raised about this attribution. She is looking forward to hearing your opinions.

4. The Bode Museum with Julien Chapuis

Julien Chapuis, Deputy Director of the Bode Museum, will give a tour of the exhibition “Beyond Compare. Art from Africa in the Bode Museum” which will stay open a few days longer than planned, especially for CODART members.

Mythical heroes and spiritual ancestors from Central Africa stand tall, despite the weight of their ordeals. Their presence in the galleries of the Bode Museum raises the question: Why does Christianity need a suffering God? Bronze sculptures from Italy and the Kingdom of Benin reflect the artistic exchange and trade between Europe and Africa. Until the opening of the Humboldt Forum, some eighty masterpieces of African sculpture will set foot on Berlin’s Museum Island to engage European works of art in dialogue. Experimental juxtapositions and groupings of objects according to themes such as the “others”, aesthetics, gender, protection, performance, and death reveal their connections and differences. Exhibiting these sculptures together, with their different histories, opens new perspectives on both collections.

For further information about this exhibition see this page on the museum website.

5. Kupferstichkabinett with Holm Bevers

Holm Bevers, former Chief Curator for Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings at the Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, invites you to study the rich collection of Dutch and Flemish works on paper the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin holds. They offer the opportunity to study drawings and prints by Netherlandish artists such as Jheronimus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Rembrandt and Pieter Saenredam from up close.

6. Workshop: Wilhelm von Bode and Wilhelm R. Valentiner and their influence on the history of collecting Dutch and Flemish art, by Petra Winter and Esmée Quodbach

This workshop is offered by Petra Winter, Head of the Zentralarchiv and Provenance Research, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and Esmée Quodbach, Assistant Director and Editor-in-Chief at the Center for the History of Collecting, The Frick Collection. It explores the essential roles of Wilhelm von Bode and his disciple Wilhelm R. Valentiner as leading taste- and market makers for Dutch and Flemish art, in Germany as well as elsewhere in Europe and in the United States. We will examine the various parts both men played, not only as strategic museum men and highly influential scholars, but also as advisors to a wide international circle of collecting protégés and as major buyers in a competitive and ever-changing market. The workshop will start with short presentations to introduce the subject and will also include an introduction to the Bode Papers in the Zentralarchiv of Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Subsequently, we will explore the topic through discussion with the participants. Everyone with a (special) interest in or knowledge of the subject is invited to join the workshop, although no previous knowledge is required. If you are working on a topic related to Bode and / or Valentiner, you are welcome to share your own questions or research. If you wish to do so, please contact us at or