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Rijksmuseum Appoints Maud van Suylen and Austėja Mackelaitė as Curators of Drawings

Maud van Suylen and Austėja Mackelaitė have been appointed as the Rijksmuseum’s new curators of drawings. Maud van Suylen, currently an Academic Researcher at the Rijksmuseum Print Room, will take up her new position on 1 November 2022. Austėja Mackelaitė, currently the Annette and Oscar de la Renta Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, will start on 1 January 2023.

Maud van Suylen (1991) studied art history at VU University Amsterdam and has held various positions at the Print Room, first in 2014 as a Curator in training, and later as an Academic Researcher and Junior Curator. From 2015 to 2016 she catalogued Dutch and Flemish drawings at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and between 2018 and 2019 she worked as a Junior Curator at the Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt. Maud van Suylen curated the Enfants du Siècle d’Or exhibition at the Fondation Custodia in 2019 and XXL Paper at the Rijksmuseum in 2022.

Austėja Mackelaitė (Lithuania, 1987) studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the University of Oxford. Her dissertation at The Courtauld was on the relationship between sixteenth-century Dutch artists and antique Roman sculpture. Austėja Mackelaitė previously worked in the US at the Harvard Art Museum in Cambridge, where she curated the exhibition The Art of Drawing in the Early Dutch Golden Age: Selected Works from the Abrams Collection. She also worked at the British Museum, the Courtauld Gallery in London and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Since taking up her position at the Morgan Library & Museum in 2018, she has curated several exhibitions, including Hans Holbein: Capturing Character, in 2022.