CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

CODART ELF Congress: program

As always, CODART has organized a number of special events and visits to institutions off the beaten track. The Museum voor Schone Kunsten will play host to sections of the congress. Excursions will give participants the opportunity to visit (private) collections, museum storage facilities and print rooms that are normally closed to the public. Ghent is home to an interesting variety of museums, collections and other art-related institutions, as well as private and public residences that illustrate the city’s renewed cultural flowering at the end of the 18th century. See Background information for more information on the locations that will be visited, the workshops and the excursions.

Requests for the workshops and excursions have been handled in the order in which they were received. Unfortunately, we could not honor every request or preference for participation in the activities. Check the list of participants (Word document, 5 pages) for details concerning your participation in the different activities.

The congress is made possible with the support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Museum voor Schone Kunsten Ghent, the Vlaamse Kunstcollectie, Ghent University, the City of Ghent, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Brussels.

Sunday, 9 March

14:00-17:00 Pre-congress walking tour of Ghent, starting from the Ibis Gent Centrum Opera Hotel where guides will be waiting for the participants who signed up for this tour. Groups will be dropped off at 17:00 at KANTL.
Ibis Gent Centrum Opera Hotel
Nederkouter 24-26
9000 Ghent
T +32 9 2250 707
F +32 9 2235 907
W www.ibishotel.com
17:00-19:00 Registration and reception at KANTL (Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature).
Koningstraat 18
9000 Ghent
T +32 9 265 9340
F +32 9 265 9349
E info@kantl.be
W www.kantl.be
18:00 Welcome by Gerdien Verschoor, Director of CODART

Monday, 10 March

08:45-09:00 Registration at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent
Please note: the museum will be opened that day especially for us, therefore participants are kindly asked  to arrive between 08:30 and 09.00 wearing their CODART badge and to use the main entrance of the museum. At any other time the museum can only be accessed through the employee entrance, located at the rear of the building. Congress participants are kindly asked to visibly wear their CODART badge at all times whilst in the museum.
09:00-11:00 Opening session: Dutch and Flemish art in Italy
at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent
Ferdinand Scribedraaf 1, Citadelpark
9000 Ghent
T +32 9 240 0700
F +32 9 240 0790
E museum.msk@gent.be
W www.mskgent.be
09:00-09:10 Welcome by Robert Hoozee, director of the Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent.
09:10-09:20 Welcome by Dany Vandenbossche, Chairman of the Committee for Culture of the Flemish Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the Vlaamse Kunstcollectie.
09:20-09:25 Introduction to the congress program by the congress chair, Norbert Middelkoop.
09:25-09:50 Italy and the Low countries: current research and digitization projects at the Dutch Institute in Florence, by Gert Jan van der Sman, research curator of the Dutch University Institute for Art History, Florence.
09:50-10:15 Italo-fiammingo art: the assimilation and integration of two aesthetic styles, by Sandra Janssens, curator of the Musea Brugge – Groeningemuseum and Arentshuis, Bruges.
10:15-10:40 Dutch and Flemish drawings in the Uffizi, an update, by Wouter Kloek, curator of special projects, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
10:40-10:45 Discussion.
10:45-11:00 Coffee break at the patio (next to the auditorium).
11:00-11:10 Introduction to the museum collection by Catherine Verleysen, research curator of the museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent at the auditorium.
11:10-12:30 Visit to the collection of the Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent.
12:30-14:00 Lunch at the museum cafĂŠ.
14:00-14:20 Lecture by Lawrence Nichols, curator of European paintings and sculpture before 1900, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo.
14:20-14:30 Introduction to workshop sessions by the congress chair, Norbert Middelkoop.
14:30-16:00 Workshops:

  • (1) Conservation-restoration projects (YELLOW). Chaired by Edwin Buijsen, curator research and technical documentation, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague.
  • (2) Cataloguing the collections (BLUE). Chaired by Nico van Hout, curator, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp.
  • (3) Post World War II provenance research, recovery and restitution (RED). Chaired by Eric Domela Nieuwenhuis, curator, Instituut Collectie Nederland, Rijswijk
  • (4) Alone or together: the value of collaborating (GREEN). Chaired by Manfred Sellink, director, Musea Brugge, Bruges.
  • (5) Scholarly research of the museum collection: a task for the curator? (ORANGE) Chaired by Helen Wustefeld, curator, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (J.R. Ritman Library), Amsterdam
16:00-16:20 Coffee break at the patio (next to the auditorium).
16:20-17:00 Presentation at the auditorium of results of the workshops, by workshop chairs.
19:00-22:00 Congress dinner at St Peter’s Abbey.
To access the Abbey for the congress dinner you must use the courtyard entrance and not the main entrance on Sint Pietersplein. Please follow these directions: when facing the St. Peters Abbey (Sint Pietersplein 9) walk right along side the Abbey till the opening gate to the courtyard. Through this gate you will find the entrance at the left corner of the courtyard.

Tuesday, 11 March

09:00-12:00 The morning will be devoted to several excursions focusing on 18th-century interiors, paintings and prints and drawings. Please note that the number of places is limited. Registrations have been handled in the order in which they were received.
09:00-12:00 Excursion 1: HĂ´tel tour and Museum Arnold Vander Haeghen

  • HĂ´tel tour starting from the Ibis Gent Centrum Opera  Hotel, where CODART associate Gary Schwartz will pick up the group. The hĂ´tel tour will visit HĂ´tel Falligan, HĂ´tel d’Hane Steenhuyse, Museum Arnold Vander Haeghen and HĂ´tel Vanden Meersche, guided by Geert van Doorne, Dienst Monumentenzorg.
9:00-12:00 Excursion 2: HĂ´tel tour and stijlkamers (period rooms) of the Design Museum/HĂ´tel de Coninck.

  • HĂ´tel tour starting from the Ibis Gent Centrum Opera  Hotel, where CODART associate Jennifer Cardona will pick up the group. The hĂ´tel tour will visit HĂ´tel Falligan, HĂ´tel d’Hane Steenhuyse and Design Museum/HĂ´tel de Coninck, guided by Bruno Fornari, curator, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent.
09:00-12:00 Excursion 3: University collection: manuscripts and works on paper.

  • The tour will start from the Ibis Gent Centrum Opera  Hotel, where CODART associate Wietske Donkersloot will pick up the group and bring them to the University Library. The group will be welcomed by Sylvia van Peteghem, Chief librarian, and visit the collection and building in two groups. Ghent’s university library comprises a large number of interesting manuscripts, incunablae, and prints and drawings. There will also be an opportunity to climb the Boekentoren by elevator.
09:00-12:00 Excursion 4: Churches of Ghent

  • Participants are kindly asked to arrive at the Sint-Baafskathedraal at 09:00. Ludo Collin of the Bisdom Ghent will receive the group and the tour will start at the Sint-Baafskathedraal with The adoration of the mystic lamb by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck (1432), and the crypt with 15th- and 16th-century mural decorations. Thereafter the group will also visit the Sint-Jacobskerk with a tabernacle of 1593 executed in black and white marble and copper, as well as paintings by Jan van Cleef and Caspar de Crayer; the Sint-Niklaaskerk, which contains works by Nicolaas de Liemaeckere and Erasmus Quellin and the  Sint-Michielskerk with a Crucifixion by Anthony van Dyck and works by, among others, J.-B. de Champaigne, Gerard Seghers and Karel van Mander. The group will be accompanied by Gerdien Verschoor.
09:00-12:00
Excursion 5: In-depth visit to the Sint-Baafskathedraal 

  • Participants are kindly asked to arrive at the Sint-Baafskathedraal at 09:00.  In-depth visit guided by Professor Peter Schmidt to the Sint-Baafskathedraal with The adoration of the mystic lamb by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck (1432), and the crypt with 15th- and 16th-century mural decorations. The group will be accompanied by CODART associate Brenda Schooneveld.
12:30-14:00 Lunch at the University of Ghent (Peristilium)
Voldersstraat 9
B-9000 Ghent
T +32 9 264 31 11
W http://www.ugent.be/
14:00-16:30 Afternoon program at the University Aula.
14:00-14:05 Welcome.
14:05-14:15 Review of the year by Gerdien Verschoor.
14:15-15:15 Special session on attribution, on the occasion of CODART’s tenth anniversary, in cooperation with the RKD.
15:15-15:30 Coffee.
15:30-16:30 Members meeting.
15:30-15:40 Ghent Interfacultary Center for Art & Science (Gica&s), Max Martens (Ghent University, Ghent).
15:30-16:30 A new edition of Frits Lugt’s ‘Les marques de dessins & d’estampes’, Rhea Sylvia Blok (Fondation Custodia, Paris).
15:40-15:50 Mirror of a medieval world. The hours of Catherine of Cleves, Ruud Priem (Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen).
16:00-16:10 Exhibition Turmoil and tranquility: the sea through the eyes of Dutch and Flemish masters, 1550-1700, Jenny Gaschke (National Maritime Museum, London).
16:10-16:20 Paintings by Willem Drost (1633 – 1659) in the Hermitage. New research and hypotheses, Irina Sokolova (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg).
16:20-16:30 Plans for CODART TWAALF and beyond by Norbert Middelkoop (CODART Program Committee)
16:30 Closing of day program by Gerdien Verschoor.
17:00-18:00 Closing reception at the Ghent town hall, hosted by the city of Ghent. Welcome by Mr. Lieven Decaluwe, Deputy Mayor of Culture, Tourism and Festive Events.
Botermarkt 1
B-9000 Ghent