Pieter Roelofs

Pieter Roelofs is curator 17th-century Dutch Painting.

Curriculum vitae and responsibilities

roelofs Pieter Roelofs is the Curator of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting at the Rijksmuseum. Currently he is working on putting together the exhibitions Johan Maelwael (2017, in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris) and Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum (2017, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney), as well as the new Rijksmuseum Schiphol, opening soon. He is also one of the contributing authors to the catalogue raisonné Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum, which will be published in 2018, as will his children’s book Searching for Rembrandt’s Blue.

Roelofs was a part of the project team that designed the displays of the Rijksmuseum’s seventeenth-century Dutch galleries. Exhibitions that he has helped to curate include Hendrick Avercamp (2009, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Gabriel Metsu (2010, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Where Darkness Meets Light: Rembrandt and His Contemporaries – The Golden Age of Dutch Art (2013, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul), Asia in Amsterdam (2015, in collaboration with the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem) and Hercules Segers (2016, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Recently he also played a key role in securing the long-term loan (2014-2017) of Rembrandt’s Claudius Civilis for the Rijksmuseum from the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.

Roelofs has published on a wide spectrum of art historical topics from the Middle Ages all the way up to the twenty-first century. He gives regular talks on the visual arts and has held lecturing posts at Radboud University Nijmegen and at Emerson College in Boston (USA). Before coming to the Rijksmuseum in 2006, Roelofs was a curator at Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, where he organized international exhibitions on Russian painting, featuring works from the collection of the Pskov State Historical Museum in Russia (2004), on The Batavians (2004), and on The Limbourg Brothers (2005).