Academic Calendar 2017-2018

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


  • 1 October
    Eveline Sint Nicolaas over de deelbaarheid van het erfgoed van de Bijlmerramp in stad en land. Stadsgevoel #3: Dingen die doen denken aan de Bijlmerramp. Bijlmerplein 393.

  • 6 October
    Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Rotterdam. Defence of Doctoral Thesis. Kodak in Amsterdam. The Rise of Amateur Photography in the Netherlands 1880-1910. By Mattie Boom, curator of photography.

  • 8 October
    Lezing Wie schrijft geschiedenis door Martine Gosselink. Canoncafé Dudok tijdens de Maand van de Geschiedenis, toegang gratis, aanmelden via o.v.v. datum.

  • 8-9 October
    Symposium Masters of Mobility. Cultural Exchange between the Netherlands and Germany in the long 17th Century.

  • 13 October
    Pavilion. Performance by Luisa Ungar and Milena Bonilla (CO/NL). Performative lecture tackling the legacy of the Internationale Koloniale en Uitvoerhandel Tentoonstelling (“The International Colonial and Export Exhibition”) that took place on Amsterdam Museumplein and at the Rijksmuseum in 1883. Blending archival material and fiction, the artists will follow the specters of colonial spectacles and guide the audience through the various scenarios of the fair on the sites of its appearance. The performance forms a part of the series Heterotropics, curated by Sara Giannini in collaboration with TAAK. Rijksmuseum Ateliergebouw (rooms B &C) & Museumplein, 14:30-18:00. Free entrance | Limited seating. RSVP:

  • 20-21 October
    Lecture by Eveline Sint Nicolaas: Searching for Stories. The preparations of the exhibition on Slavery in 2020. Seminar Histórias Afro-Atlânticas, Musea de Arte de São Paolo (MASP).

  • 26 October
    ‘De vijftiende-eeuwse muurschilderingen in de kerk van Sprang’, Heemkundevereniging Sprang-Capelle

  • 27 October
    ‘De kunst van de feestmaaltijd: Conversation Pieces en tafelspelen tijdens het vroegmoderne Nederlandse diner’, Jaarcongres 2017 Vlaams-Nederlandse Vereniging voor Nieuwe Geschiedenis ‘Festiviteiten in de vroegmoderne Nederlanden’, Groningen

  • 27 October
    'Tin in het Rijksmuseum’, najaarsbijeenkomst Nederlandse Tinvereniging in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam


  • 6-7 November
    Symposium Museum Guides Now! This two-day symposium will centre on the museum guide’s profession and the professionalization of their work in art and history museums.

  • 6 november
    Public debate: Has the time come for a new Iconoclasm? In the aftermath of the demonstrations in Charlottesville, voices have also been raised in the Netherlands questioning ‘our heroes of the Golden Age’. Should monuments be removed or streets renamed? Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102 / Oosterhuiszaal, café open: 19:00 / start 20:00

  • 10 November
    Symposium Vrouwen in de Stijl 100 jaar nadat het eerste nummer van het tijdschrift De Stijl verscheen, wijdt het Rijksmuseum op vrijdagmiddag 10 november 2017 een symposium aan de rol die vrouwen binnen De Stijl-beweging speelden.

  • 11 November
    Durgā, the almighty goddess, from India to Indonesia: fighting and conquering the enemy. Annual Rijksmuseum / IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies) lecture by Dr Claudine Bautze-Picron.

  • 15-17 November
    Symposium Jewellery Matters – Context and Material Research. This symposium is organized on the occasion of the publication Jewellery Matters. In this richly illustrated book, art historian and design expert Marjan Unger offers a theoretical and multidisciplinary framework for the study of jewellery.

  • 22 November
    Lecture by Marije Jansen, 'Modern Japan – Japanese prints from the Elise Wessels collection', International House of Japan, Tokyo, Japan.

  • 23 November
    Panel discussion on ‘diversity’ and shared history. Symposium organized by the city of Amsterdam and the Tropenmuseum.

  • November 23-24
    Symposium Rethinking the VOC?. Old genres, new trends in research and analysis. The National Archives of the Netherlands and the Institute for History of Leiden University invite you to join them at the panoramic symposium ‘Rethinking the VOC?’ to discuss a variety of themes from new historiographical perspectives.


  • 7 December
    Congress: The Social Impact of the Liberal Arts and Social Studies. Social challenges as inspiration for scientific research Organized by ScienceWorks in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam. Program

  • 14 December
    Conference Matthijs Maris at work. On the occasion of the large Matthijs Maris exhibition (6 October 2017- 7 January 2018) at the Rijksmuseum, a one-day conference will be held to present the results of a technical research of Matthijs Maris’s paintings.



  • 25-26 January
    Lecture: Lieke van Deinsen and Jan de Hond, ‘The Sword and the Album. Johan van Oldebarneveldt (1547-1619) and his Tragic Death as Cultural Icons in the early modern Dutch Republic'. Congress ‘The Icon as Cultural Model: Past, Present and Future’, Amsterdam.