It was announced today that Milou Halbesma will become the new director of the Rembrandt House Museum as of 1 June 2022. She succeeds Lidewij de Koekkoek, who recently became director of the Frans Hals Museum. Halbesma has previously worked for the Van Gogh Museum and the Turing Foundation. She arrives at a crucial moment: the museum stands on the threshold of a renovation, the so-called Master Plan, which will begin at the end of this year.
Milou Halbesma (1967) studied French and Art History at Grenoble University, and subsequently completed a Master in Economics (VU Amsterdam). She also followed the Getty Leadership Program in Los Angeles. Halbesma has held director’s and management positions at various institutions, including the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, the Turing Foundation and the VandenEnde Foundation. From 2013 to 2020 she was Director of Public Affairs at the Van Gogh Museum, where she was responsible for the visitors, the income, and the reputation of the museum. Additionally she acquired board experience as member of the board of the Zaans Museum and board member – later chairperson – of the Van Gogh Europa Foundation.
Presently she is member of the Supervisory Board of the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam. Halbesma attaches great importance to talent and diversity, and recognizes as much as anyone the ongoing quest for the correct balance between art and entrepreneurship.