Academic Calendar 2017

If not otherwise specified, events will take place in the Rijksmuseum.


  • 10 May
    Lecture by Doris Wintgens: Peggy Guggenheim en Nelly van Doesburg. Voorvechters van De Stijl. Lezing voor het Studium Generale van de Universiteit Leiden.

  • 10-12 May
    The Rijksmuseum organizes, in cooperation with AHFAP, an international conference on 2D and 3D digital photography, best practices, standardized workflows and a variety of applications for cultural heritage photography professionals: photographers and studio managers.

  • 18 May
    Lecture by Jan van Campen: 'Verborgen Chinese schatten in Nederlandse museale collecties.' Symposium Show me China. Discover four centuries of Chinese presence in the Netherlands. Gemeentemuseum The Hague.

  • 27 May
    Lecture by Marije Jansen, ‘Rethinking ukiyo-e publishing practices’, symposium Zureta, 26-28 May 2017, Geidai University, Tokyo, Japan


  • 8 June
    Max J. Friedländer (1867-1958): art-historian, museum director, connoisseur
    The 5th of June 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Max J. Friedländer (1867-1958), offering an excellent opportunity to reflect on his legacy. The symposium aims at highlighting Friedländer’s work as museum official, scholar and connoisseur. Moreover, the relevance of connoisseurship for today’s art history will be discussed.

  • 19 June
    Symposium: Battle of Medway (Tocht naar Chatham). In June the Battle of Medway – one of the most illustrious battles in naval history – took place exactly 350 years ago. A Dutch fleet commanded by Admiral Michiel de Ruyter led a daring raid on the English fleet anchored on the River Medway near the naval base of Chatham. The symposium will highlight the historic significance of the Dutch raid and the way it has been portrayed and commemorated in art and historical objects.

  • 29-30 June
    The two-day conference Gothic Modernisms will focus on the (global) legacies, histories and contested identities of Northern European Gothic/early-modern visual cultures in modernity and, in particular, on identities of modernism, including avant-gardes. The conference will develop both a broad perspective in relation to gothic modernisms and a deepening of the issues—methodological, theoretical, aesthetic, archival—pertinent to this subject.


  • 13-22 August
    From 13 to 22 August 2017 the Rijksmuseum and the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History organise a Summer School which offers a unique, in-depth immersion into 17th-century Netherlandish art and history. The 2017 edition of the Summer School is themed around ‘Dutch art in an international perspective’.