CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Public Symposium: CODART Canon

Creating a CODART Canon
Dutch and Flemish Art in the Spotlight

On 18 November 2019, we presented and discussed the CODART Canon during a public symposium at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Dr. Christopher Atkins, the inaugural Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director of the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, spoke about Dutch and Flemish Art in the United States. The lecture was followed by a live discussion, after which we opened up the voting to non-members.

The CODART Canon that was presented on 18 November 2019 is available as a list on the CODART Canon website.

The CODART Canon

Being a curator entails not only having substantial knowledge about and caring for the collection under your supervision, it also involves making choices. What do you show and which narrative do you tell? With the CODART Canon the members of CODART will present a selection from the extensive and diverse range of early modern Dutch and Flemish art that is disseminated throughout the world. In making the CODART Canon we aim to highlight what the curator does, to make the works of art more visible, and to stimulate discussion about the profession and about art.

Monday 18 November – Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Creating a CODART Canon. Dutch and Flemish Art in the Spotlights
Moderator: Jörgen Tjon A Fong, theatre producer and curator
Auditorium Rijksmuseum
15:00-15:15 Opening by Erik van Ginkel, Director of Finance and Operations, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
15:15-15:30 Introduction on why you should make a canon by Luc Devoldere, Editor-in-Chief of Ons Erfdeel, The Low Countries
15:30-16:00 Keynote lecture: Dutch and Flemish Art in the United States
Dr. Christopher Atkins, Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director of the Center for Netherlandish Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
16:00-17:00 CODART presents the CODART Canon – 100 Masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish Art including a live discussion, with contributions by Maartje Beekman, Friso Lammertse, Femke Diercks, Hanna Klarenbeek and Bieke van der Mark
17:00-18:00 Drinks
End of program


The symposium, which is open to the public, is intended for CODART members and all those interested in Dutch and Flemish art. Participants will have a unique opportunity to learn more about the nature and importance of the work of curators and the significant role of collecting and collectors. Registration for the symposium costs €15,00 and students are entitled to a €7,50 discount.


You can reach us via or +31 70 333 9744.

This event is a collaboration between CODART, the Friends of CODART Foundation, the Rijksmuseum, and The Low Countries. We thank the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague for its ongoing support of CODART.