The beautifully renovated Rijksmuseum opened its doors to the public on Saturday 13 April 2013. To celebrate this event the museum organizes a two-day international symposium on Textiles. The symposium will give you an insight in what is on display in the museum, why the curators have selected these textiles and what kind of conservation treatments have been carried out.

icom For two days, Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October, nine curators of the Fine and decorative arts department and the History department will be talking about the selection and the historical background of tapestries, textiles, costumes, kimonos and accessories, as well as about interior textiles which are used in the reconstructed 19th century style room, textile upholstery and 20th century sculpture textile.

Nine restorers of the Rijksmuseum and external, will give lectures on the conservation, research, treatments and preparations that were needed for installation of the objects in the museum.

The cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, Programme Conservation and Restoration of Textiles and the research department of the RCE are discussed. In addition, colleagues from the Stedelijk Museum, our neighbors, talk about their experiences with textiles in the galleries and there is the option of visiting both museums. As a participant of the symposium, you have the opportunity to have an insider's view at the ‘Ateliergebouw’ , where conservations take place.

From tapestries to interior wallpaper, from knitted hats from Spitsbergen to a 19th century canopy hat, from Empire dresses to Yves Saint Laurents 'Mondrian dress', from dye analysis to glue test, from conservation with needle and thread to retouches... there is definitely something for everyone.

More information can be obtained by Dr. Elsje Janssen, curator Textiles Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1, PO Box 74888, 1070 DN Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 6747 260, or Sandra Pastoor, secretarial department, +31-(0)20 6747 200,


Registration is closed.

Participants are requested to complete and return the registration form together with their payment, before 15 August 2013 in order to qualify for reduced rates.

The registration fee includes coffee/tea, lunch, informal reception on Monday, a complimentary 3-day entrance to the Rijksmuseum, a guided tour to the conservation studios of the Rijksmuseum and a visit to the Stedelijk Museum.

Registration fees

Regular participant:
Before 15 August 2013: € 120
After 15 August 2013: € 150

ICOM members:
Before 15 August 2013: € 100
After 15 August 2013: € 130

Before 15 August 2013: € 50
After 15 August 2013: € 80

There will be a limited number of reduced fees for students (25). Students have to submit a letter of recommendation by their supervisors in order to qualify for the reduced student fee. This needs to be sent to

Cancellation fees:
Before 15 August 2013: no cancellation fee, except bank charges
After 15 August 2013: € 50
After 30 September: full fare

Local organizers

Elsje Janssen (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
Sandra Pastoor (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)


Monday 7 October:

Introduction to the new Rijksmuseum - Tim Zeedijk
Selection of Tapestries - Elsje Janssen
Research, analysis and diversity in tapestry conservation - Suzan Meijer, Mieke Albers, Carola Holz
Costume presentation: history and selection - Bianca du Mortier
Costume conservation and installation - Mieke Albers
Japanese kimonos - Menno Fitski
Textiles at Spitsbergen - Jan De Hond
Conservation of shoes and hats - Carola Holz
The cloak of Ernst Casimir - Eveline Sint Nicolaas
Presentation of the cloak - Mieke Albers
Haraldic tunic from the House of Orange-Nassau - Gijs Van der Ham
Textile dye analysis by the RCE - Art Néss Proaño Gaibor

Tuesday 8 October:

Historic interior: Kops chamber - Reinier Baarsen
Wood conservation - Paul Van Duin and Colour analysis of the wood panels - Ruth Jongsma
Glue testing research, installation of interior textiles, reupholstering of chairs - Suzan Meijer
Textiles in the 20th Century galleries - Ludo van Halem
Conservation of textile sculpture Womb Tomb - Anna Lagana
Textile at the Stedelijk Museum - Victoria Anastasyadis
Textile conservation at the Stedelijk Museum - Netta Krumperman
Reflections, projects and work in progress - Elsje Janssen
Costume Network, Modemuse, Rijksstudio - Bianca du Mortier
Rijksmuseum Textile Conservation Studio - Suzan Meijer
Textile conservation training UvA - René Lugtigheid
Examples of textile conservation - M. Homan Free and J. Steinman

There will also be a business meeting of the ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group.

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Travel and Accommodation

Several hotels are situated in the vicinity of the conference venue in the Amsterdam city centre. These are also within easy reach of the railway station and the major tourist venues. Participants are requested to contact the hotels directly about rates and reservations. A few hotels and indicative prices (double/twin) are listed below:

Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken: € 100
Park Plaza Hotel (3-star): € 88
Best Western Hotel Apollo (3-star): € 110
Park Hotel (4-star): € 140

Participants are free to make their own accommodation booking at any other location. The following website can be useful in this respect:

Addresses and links

Contact information:
Mail address: Hobbemastraat 20, 1071 ZC Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0) 20 6747 000