Academic Calendar 2017

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


  • 5 February
    Lecture by Marije Jansen, The Rijksmuseum’s Collection of Japanse Prints, Embassy of the Netherlands, Tokyo, Japan

  • 7-10 February
    Lecture by Anna Slaczka, ‘Ratnanyasa in Gokul? Possible connections between the consecration deposit excavated in Gokul, Bangladesh, and the prescriptions in the nothern Indian texts on architecture and ritual’, 12th International Congress on Bengal Art, 7-10 February 2017, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India / The Asiatic Society, Kolkata.

  • 8 February
    Lecture by Lucinda Timmermans: Het object als schildersmodel: gebruiksvoorwerpen in de late Middeleeuwen. Lezing op het symposium ‘Wonen in de Middeleeuwen’ in het Muiderslot, Muiden.

  • 11 February
    Lecture by Anna Slaczka, ‘The myth of the pañcaloha and the technological research on the Nataraja at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’, Annual International Seminar on Indian Sculptural Art, 11th February 2017, University of Calcutta.

  • 15 February
    DutchCulture, Rijksmuseum and RCE are hosting visitors' talks by the South Africa museum delegation Time: 15:30 - 17.00 hrs


  • 5 April
    Symposium Good Hope for a new generation - Reflections on diversity and change in South Africa and The Netherlands.

  • 5 April
    Lecture by Lucinda Timmermans: Vijftiende-eeuwse secco’s in de kerk van Sprang-Capelle. Lezing op het seminar ‘De anderen in de 15de eeuw’ van Aventure Ensemble in de Waalse kerk, Amsterdam.


  • 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.


  • 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). More information will follow.

  • 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’.