Academic Calendar 2018

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


  • 25 January
    Lecture by Anna Slaczka: How to make a ‘Cōḻa bronze’? Theory and practice of bronze casting in South India and the Rijksmuseum research on Asian bronzes. VVIK-lezing, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Universiteit Leiden
  • 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.


  • 20 March
    Book presentation: The Unseen World. India and the Netherlands from 1550.
    The Board of Directors of the Rijksmuseum requests the honour of your presence at the book presentation of The Unseen World. India and the Netherlands from 1550 by Jos Gommans (Professor of Colonial and Global History at Leiden University) in the Rijksmuseum Auditorium.
  • 22 March
    Lecture by Anna Ślączka (invited speaker): 'The Challenges and Opportunities of Exhibiting Asian Art in the 21st Century: A View from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam', History of Art Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbour


  • 3 April
    Slavery in 18th century arts. A varied program, with short presentations, discussion, a play and a column in Spui 25. Speakers: Eveline Sint Nicolaas and Valika Smeulders. Moderator: Lieke van Deinsen.
  • 5 April
    Impact: Het afrofuturistisch spectrum voorbij Wakanda. In dit programma buigt SPUI25 zich over deze verschillende kanten van het afrofuturisme met verschillende specialisten. Met Stephanie Archangel, junior conservator Geschiedenis Rijksmuseum.
  • 9-11 April
    Anna A. Ślączka (invited speaker), ‘Back to the Golden Age? Chola-style sculpture and processional images in temples of grāmadevatās in Tamil Nadu.’ CBC Conference, University of Tübingen.
  • 25 April
    Publiekslezing Postkoloniale Beeldenstormen. Historicus Gert Oostindie neemt onze omgang met het koloniale verleden kritisch onder de loep. Ook het actuele, soms hoog oplopende publieke debat daarover komt aan bod.
  • 26 April
    KNHG (Koninklijk Nederlands Historisch genootschap) Voorjaarscongres 2018: Denkend aan Nederland … Erfgoed, Canon en Nationale identiteit in Politiek, Onderwijs en Media. Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem. Dagvoorzitter: Martine Gosselink (hoofd Geschiedenis Rijksmuseum).



  • 1 June
    Presentatie van het boek Ketens en Banden. Suriname en Nederland sinds 1600 van Eveline Sint Nicolaas. Het boek beschrijft de gedeelde geschiedenis van Suriname en Nederland aan de hand van voorwerpen in de collectie van het Rijksmuseum en vormt het slot van de Landenreeks. 15 uur, Auditorium Rijksmuseum.
  • 21 June
    Symposium The Production and Circulation of Indonesian Modern Art (1935-50). The symposium will mark the starting point of a collaborative research and exhibition project on art and culture in Indonesia during the Indonesian National Revolution developed by the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and various individual and institutional partners in Indonesia. Harm Stevens, Rijksmuseum curator of 20th-century art, will be one of the speakers at the symposium.
  • 28 June
    Anna A. Ślączka (invited speaker): ‘Kto się boi Karuppana? Bogowie tamilscy w 21 wieku’ [Who is afraid of Karuppan? Tamil gods in the 21st century]. Lecture at the exhibition ‘From Earth to Earth. Devotion and Terracotta Offerings in Tamil Nadu’. Museum of Asia and Pacific, Warsaw.




  • 4 - 5 October
    The international network of art libraries will come together to hold its biannual conference, this year at the Rijksmuseum.


  • 8 - 9 November
    International symposium on the history of conservation of paintings by the Dutch 17th-century master, Rembrandt van Rijn.