We proudly present the first issue of CODART’s eZine. For years you’ve been used to a beautifully designed, printed CODART Courant, filled with information on Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide. Technological advancements, however, have meanwhile made it possible to present this information in another way. Our new eZine combines the quality of the printed Courant, the content of the website, and all the advantages of the latest developments in media technology. The eZine will be enhanced, for example, with high-quality images, videos, links and all the other extras that a digital format has to offer. To guarantee the high quality of the eZine’s offerings, our staff will be enriched by an editorial board.

Curator's Collection

Decorative Art at De Lakenhal

Among CODART members the Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden is probably best known for its Old Masters, which include works by Lucas van Leyden, the young Rembrandt and the Leiden ‘fine painters’. Successful shows on such themes as Rembrandt’s landscapes and, more recently, the exhibition on Lucas van Leyden organized by CODART member Christiaan Vogelaar, have been critically acclaimed. But the museum’s collection is much, much broader. Even though the decorative arts are not the primary field of interest of most members of CODART, it is the focus of this short contribution.

Curator's Project

The Mauritshuis ... on tour

The Mauritshuis will begin its ambitious plans to extend and renovate its historic city palace on the Hofvijver (Court Pond) in The Hague on 2 April 2012. The project will take about two years to complete, during which time important parts of the collection will be on display elsewhere, and so will remain largely accessible to the public. A selection of the museum’s highlights will be shown at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, a traveling exhibition will take a large number of masterpieces to Japan and the United States, and various groups of paintings will be lent to museums in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Curator's Project

Jordaens and the Antique

Jordaens and the Antique, on view at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels from 12 October 2012 through 27 January 2013 and at the Fridericianum in Kassel from 1 March through 16 June 2013, offers an entirely new vision of the Antwerp painter Jacob Jordaens and his engagement with the cultural legacy of antiquity. Building on the rich holdings of the two partner institutions, the exhibition will include paintings, drawings, prints, books, sculpture and tapestries from major museums around the world that situate Jordaens’s lively antique themes in their proper visual context – works not only by the master himself but also by such illustrious contemporaries as Peter Paul Rubens, Abraham Janssen, Hendrick van Balen and Hendrick Goltzius.

TEFAF special

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown is director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He was previously curator of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings and then Chief Curator of the National Gallery, London, where he worked from 1971 to 1998. He is the author of numerous articles, books and exhibition catalogues on Dutch and Flemish paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly the work of Rubens, Van Dyck and Rembrandt. He has been a CODART member since its beginning in 1998, and a member of the TEFAF vetting committee since 1995.

TEFAF special

Jean-Patrice Marandel

Jean-Patrice Marandel, a member of CODART since 1999, is a valued member of the Vetting Committee of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), held each March in Maastricht (Netherlands). Since 1993 he has been the Robert H. Ahmanson Chief Curator of European Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Born in Paris, he graduated from the Institute d’Art et d'Archéologie, Université de Paris-Sorbonne with a “diplôme d'études supérieurs” in art history. He went to the United States in 1967 for a summer internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and again in 1969 with a grant from the French government as a Focillon Fellow at Yale University.

TEFAF special

Peter van den Brink

After completing his studies in art history in Groningen, Peter van den Brink worked briefly at museums in Delft and Utrecht before beginning in 1991 as a researcher at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Starting in 1997 he worked for more than eight years at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, serving as Chief Curator for the last six years of this period. In this capacity he published a number of articles and organized various exhibitions, including Brueghel Enterprises in Maastricht and Brussels in 2002 and ExtravagAnt! in Maastricht and Antwerp in 2004-05. Since 2005 Van den Brink has served as director of the Municipal Museums of Aachen (Germany), one of which is the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum.


Gregor Simoons interviewed

Driving into the small industrial zone in the Veluwe region of the Netherlands, you have no idea that Old Masters are within easy reach, and even after entering Gregor’s premises, it isn’t immediately clear what kind of workshop this is. The production line of a picture frame for a Cuyp from the Dordrechts Museum or for a Rembrandt from the Hermitage fits nicely into one large, well-ordered workspace.

CODART Activities

CODARTfocus in Antwerp

On 10 October 2011 the recently opened Antwerp museum MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) welcomed participants to the CODARTfocus event. This international meeting of specialists in Dutch and Flemish art was held in the best tradition of CODART, providing participants with an in-depth visit to a specific exhibition and the opportunity to discuss the exhibition, as well as the concept behind the new museum, with the curator and other representatives of the MAS.