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Dutch and Flemish art in Poland, congress (Utrecht, 7-9 March 2004) with pre-congress excursion to the Rubens exhibition in Lille (6 March)

Pre-congress excursions to Lille and Utrecht

Saturday, 6 March

11:00 Bus leaves from Amsterdam (in front of Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage, Gabriël Metsustraat 8) for Lille. Box lunch on the bus. [Because of insufficient interest, there will not be bus transportation from Maastricht, as previously announced. Those who requested transportation from the TEFAF to Lille will be contacted by the CODART bureau.]
14:30 (approximately) Arrival in Lille, check in at hotel.
Ibis Lille Hotel de Ville
172 rue de Paris
F-59800 Lille
T +33 3 2030 0054
F +33 3 2057 6666
15:00-17:00 Visit to exhibition Rubens at
Palais des Beaux-Arts
Place de la République
F-59000 Lille
T +33 3 2006 7800
F +33 3 2006 7815
The official opening of the exhibition takes place that morning at 11:00. The public will be admitted from 17:00 to 21:00. CODART will be admitted between these times. We will be greeted by Director Alain Tapié and our member Alexis Donetzkoff.
17:00-20:00 Free time for continuing museum visit or exploring Lille.
20:00 Dinner in the restaurant of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, reserved for our group. (Not included.)

Sunday, 7 March

8:30 Departure by bus for Utrecht.
12:00 Arrival in Utrecht, check in at hotel.
Best Western Amrâth Hotel
Vredenburg 14
NL-3511 BA Utrecht
T +31 30 233 1232
F +31 30 232 8451
12:30-13:30 Light lunch in hotel (not included).
13:45-17:00 Pre-congress walking tour of Utrecht, in three groups, guided by:

Renger de Bruin, curator of historical collections, Centraal Museum (emphasis on development of Utrecht from the Romans to the 21st century).

Marten Jan Bok, historian and art historian (sites with art works in situ and locations where artists had ateliers).

Llewellyn Bogaers, historian (special spots and their stories).

The three groups will converge around 14:15 on the Nicolaïkerk, where we will be welcomed by the town carillon master of Utrecht, Arie Abbenes, with renditions of 17th-century Polish music, played on a Hemony carillon of 1649.
16:30-17:00 Seated in the benches of the Nicolaïkerk (commonly called the Klaaskerk), the entire group will hear a brief report from each the three guides on the themes of their walk, for the benefit of those on the other walks.


Sunday, 7 March

17:00-20:00 Registration and reception at:
Fundatie van Renswoude
Agnietenstraat 5
3512 XA Utrecht
T +31 30 231 0351
F +31 30 232 1704
18:00 Greeting by director of CODART, Gary Schwartz, and director of the Centraal Museum, Sjarel Ex.

Monday, 8 March

9:00-11:30 Opening session, Dutch and Flemish art in Poland.
Museum Catharijneconvent
Lange Nieuwstraat 38
T +31 30 231 3835
F +31 30 231 7896
9:00-9:05 Greeting by director of Museum Catharijneconvent, Guus van den Hout.
9:05-9:10 Introduction by congress chair, Stephen Hartog.
9:10-9:40 Antoni Ziemba (Warsaw, National Museum)

The Low Countries and Poland: a history of artistic connections.
9:40-10:10 Hanna Benesz (Warsaw, National Museum)

Early Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish paintings in Polish collections.
10:10-10:40 Coffee.
10:40-11:00 Joanna Tomicka (Warsaw, National Museum)

Polish collections of Dutch and Flemish prints.
Maciej Monkiewicz

The coming exhibition of Dutch and Flemish drawings in Poland.
11:20-11:40 Discussion.
11:40-13:00 Visit to Centraal Museum, which is closed that day to the public. We will be admitted to the exhibition Vis: stillevens in de Nederlanden 1550-1700 (Fish: still lifes in the Netherlands 1550-1700) and, after lunch, to the galleries of 16th- and 17th-century painting. where the workshops will meet..
Centraal Museum
Nikolaaskerkhof 10
T +31 30 236 2362
F +31 30 233 2006
13:00-14:00 Lunch in de Refter, the restaurant of the Centraal Museum.
14:00-14:30 Lucia Thijssen

A personal history of art-history research in Poland.
14:30-17:00 Workshops, to be held in the Centraal Museum.

  • The role of the permanent collection. Chair: Axel Rüger.
  • Long-term collection mobility. Chair: Peter van den Brink and Rik van Wegen.
  • The exhibition as a scholarly tool? Chair: Manfred Sellink.

19:00-23:00 Congress reception and dinner at:
Kromme Nieuwegracht 62
T +31 30 231 3368
F +31 30 231 6038


Tuesday, 9 March

9:00-11:30 Members meeting at
Utrechts Universiteitsmuseum
Lange Nieuwstraat 106
3512 PN Utrecht
T +31 30 253 8008
F +31 30 253 8700
In the course of the morning, we will be welcomed by the director, Peter de Haan.
9:00-9:15 Arrival of participants.
9:15-9:25 Gary Schwartz (CODART)

CODART plans for 2005-2008.
9:25-9:35 Wietske Donkersloot (CODART)

New features on the CODART website.
9:25-9:45 Friso Lammertse (Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen) and Jaap van der Veen (Amsterdam, Rembrandthuis)

Gerrit van Uylenburgh’s Polish background, a project for the Rembrandt year in 2006.
9:45-9:55 Wanda Rudzińska (Warsaw, University Library Print Room)

The Tilman van Gameren archive in the print room of Warsaw University Library.
9:55-10:05 Shlomit Steinberg (Jerusalem, Israel Museum)

A Dutch painting newly discovered in storage at the Israel Museum.
10:05-10:15 Robert Wenley (Glasgow, Kelvingrove)

Dutch and Flemish paintings in the Glasgow city museums.
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-10:55 Görel Cavalli-Björkman (Stockholm, Nationalmuseum)

Dutch and Flemish art in Scandinavia: the theme of CODART ACHT.
10:55-11:05 Charles Dumas (CODART program committee; The Hague, RKD = Netherlands Institute for Art History)

Plans for CODART NEGEN and beyond.
11:05-11:15 Stephen Hartog (CODART program committee; Rijkswijk, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage)

Two members leave the program committee (Liesbeth Helmus and Thea Vignau-Wilberg) and two new members join (Thomas Ketelsen and Norbert Middelkoop).
11:15-11:30 Discussion.
Choice of two alternatives:
11:30-11:45 Bus to Utrecht University Library.
11:45-13:00 Visits to art-historical collections and manuscript room.

Our host in the art-history library is Roman Koot, who will meet us and expand on these remarks: ‘The art history collection of the Library of the Faculty of Arts of Utrecht University was established in 1907 together with the founding of the first Dutch chair for art history. The holdings expanded rapidly under ambitious professors like Willem Vogelsang and Jan van Gelder. In 1987 the collection was integrated into the new library of the Faculty of Arts.

Of special interest is the collection of about 7,000 old and rare books, including post-incunabula, books with precious engravings, etches and lithographs, artists’ books from the 1960s and 1970s and rare periodicals. One of the treasures is the large number of emblem books, in 1962 acquired from the collection of John Landwehr. Other core collections contain architectural treatises and art-theory sources.

The library also collects and provides access to new information media like electronic bibliographies and compendia, full-text journals, e-books and Internet resources.’

Library home page
Library information for Art History
Landwehr emblem-book collection (choose ‘collecties op naam’: browse for ‘Landwehr’)

Koert van der Horst, curator of manuscripts, will introduce his collection, of which he says: ‘Confiscated in the 1580s by the Reformed city council of Utrecht, a great deal of the manuscripts that once belonged to, and were written in the scriptoria of the many monasteries, convents, Cathedral, Collegiate and Chapter Churches in and around Utrecht is still standing on the shelves of this library. The collection provides unequalled access to book production in the city where the bishop of the Northern Netherlands resided from the 7th century until the Reformation. Some highlights will be shown, the most important of which are the six volumes of the giant Zwolle Bible and the Pontifical of St. Mary, illuminated by the Master of Catherine of Cleves.’
11:30-11:45 Bus to Centraal Museum depot.
The storage facilities of the Centraal Museum were built especially for the museum in 1996. At that time, a period when the museum was undergoing major renovation, the storage of all collections except the prints and drawings were moved to the new location, about 10 minutes by car from the museum. Each space in the new building is adapted to the objects kept there.
11:45-13:00 Viewing of paintings in storage.
13:00-13:15 Both groups taken by bus to
Loekie and Gary Schwartz
De Boomgaard
Herengracht 22
NL-3601 AM Maarssen
T +31 346 562 778
F +31 346 570 574
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13:15-15:30 Drinks and buffet lunch offered by CODART and by Loekie and Gary Schwartz.
15:30-15:45 Bus to Amrâth Best Western Hotel, Vredenburg, Utrecht.

CODART gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors


Ambo/Anthos Publishers, Den Bosch
The European Fine Arts Fair (TEFAF), Hilversum
De Nederlandse Boekverkopersbond (NBb), Utrecht
Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Gemeente Utrecht
Gusto Publishers
Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht
Polman’s Huis, Utrecht
Utrecht University Library
Utrecht University Museum

Program subject to change. Check website regularly.