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Oud Holland – new style

The oldest surviving art-historical journal in the world is a nineteenth-century Dutch periodical. After 135 years of uninterrupted publication, Oud Holland is reinventing itself in 2018, with a broader editorial board and, in addition to the printed journal, a complementary new online platform.

Oud Holland is also expanding its scope in order to give a platform to high-quality research on Belgian and Dutch art of the ‘long’ nineteenth century. It is now actively seeking contributions in this field from scholars and museum professionals.

Open to both traditional and innovative approaches, Oud Holland is dedicated to publishing ambitious and original contributions that meet the highest scholarly standards, guaranteed by a system of double-blind peer review. In return, Oud Holland offers a prestigious forum in an internationally leading journal that is listed in all major indexes, including Web of Science.

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David Oyens An artist reading l_Art Moderne 1884 canvas Dordrechts Museum



Symposium Van Gogh & Japan
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 6-7 June 2018

To accompany its exhibition Van Gogh & Japan, the Van Gogh Museum is organising a symposium dedicated to topics related to the show. Various experts will present their research and exchange ideas in what promises to be an inspiring meeting between experts in 19th-century Western art and specialists in Japanese art.

This one-day symposium will take place on Thursday 7 June, following the official presentation of the Van Gogh Museum’s new publication on Vincent van Gogh’s collection of Japanese prints and a visit to the exhibition Van Gogh & Japan after opening hours on the evening of Wednesday 6 June.

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Out now: Rob Delvigne and Jan Jaap Heij, In de schaduw van Cuypers, Georg Sturm (1855-1923), monumentaal decorateur, Bekking & Blitz uitgevers

In this richly illustrated book you will find the life and work of Sturm, who was born and trained in Vienna, described in detail for the first time. Now seems a good time to put him in the spotlight, not just because his work in the Rijksmuseum can be seen again in full glory, but also because in a few years the renovation of the Central Station will be finished as well.

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Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art
The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century Art
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, 3-8 June

Every year, a leading art historian is invited to lead a seminar as part of the programme ‘Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth-Century Art’.

The seminars have been jointly organized since 2007 by the Van Gogh Museum and the University of Amsterdam, as part of the Art History Master’s course. The aim is to encourage students to perform in-depth study of an important theme relating to the Van Gogh Museum’s collection.

From 3 till 8 June 2018 Frances Connelly, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City will give a seminar entitled: The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century.

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CFP Congres Werkgroep De Moderne Tijd 2018 (Dutch)
Migratie en Identiteit


Submission deadline: 15 juni 2018

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Out now: Rachel Esner and Sandra Kister, The Mediatization of the Artist, Palgrave Macmillan 2018

This book offers trans-historical and trans-national perspectives on the image of “the artist” as a public figure in the popular discourse and imagination. Since the rise of notions of artistic autonomy and the simultaneous demise of old systems of patronage from the late eighteenth century onwards, artists have increasingly found themselves confronted with the necessity of developing a public persona. In the same period, new audiences for art discovered their fascination for the life and work of the artist. The rise of new media such as the illustrated press, photography and film meant that the needs of both parties could easily be satisfied in both words and images. Thanks to these “new” media, the artist was transformed from a simple producer of works of art into a public figure. The aim of this volume is to reflect on this transformative process, and to study the specific role of the media themselves. Which visual media were deployed, to what effect, and with what kind of audiences in mind? How did the artist, critic, photographer and filmmaker interact in the creation of these representations of the artist’s image?

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XIX – de werkgroep 19de-eeuwse kunst – maakt een doorstart! De groep brengt onderzoekers uit het academische en museale veld samen en stimuleert het onderzoek naar de kunst van de lange negentiende eeuw in België en daarbuiten. XIX organiseert zelf onder meer studiedagen, seminaries en rondleidingen, en deelt andere initiatieven met zijn leden via het online platform

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