6 May 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm LG18, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site


Free and open to all. No registration required.

Wim Pijbes, CRASSH Humanitas Visiting Professor in Art History 2015-16, will give an open lecture on how the Rijksmuseum was refurbished.   This is part of  a series of events on the theme of how to make old masters museums relevant for today and the future. The event will be chaired by Professor Paul Binski (History of Art, University of Cambridge).


How does one re-open a museum with old masters, and more importantly, how does one make that museum relevant for the future? How do we present the collection in a way that is appropriate to the diverse audience of today? How do we use the building which is connected to the busy city? How do we entice people to look at our collection in a whole new way, in fact make them look at old masters in a new and modern way? And how do we navigate between old and modern, ancient and future, stillness and technology, global and local?

Wim Pijbes will take the audience on the journey of the transformation of the Rijksmuseum. He will share his inspiration, his vision, his obstacles, his lessons learned and the triumph that eventually was the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum.

Other events in the series

Monday 9 May 2016
When is Art National? Conversation with Dr Nicholas Cullinan

Tuesday 10 May
Old Masters Fit for the Future: Conversation with Dr Emilie Gordenker

For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.



About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in the History of Art has been made possible by the generous support of J E Safra and the  Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust who sponsor the Humanitas events in Cambridge.

The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in the History of Art explores a wide range of approaches to the history of art, from the economic, social and philosophical to the cultural and aesthetic.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professor in History of Art

2013-14 Pierre Rosenberg (former Director of the Louvre)

2012-13: Philippe de Montebello (Director Emeritus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fiske Kimball Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)

Standing Committee

Simon Goldhill (Director, CRASSH)
Tim Knox (Director, Fitzwilliam Museum)
Paul Binski  (History of Art, Cambridge)
Alexander Marr  (History of Art, Cambridge)

Hosting College

Clare College

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