10 May 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm LG19 Faculty of Law


Free and open to all. No registration required.

Wim Pijbes, CRASSH Humanitas Visiting Professor in Art History 2015-16 will be in conversation with Dr Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis.  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 Dr Alexander  Marr (History of Art, University of Cambridge).

How do you make a collection with old masters and only paintings, in a building which in itself can't be refurbished, relevant and appealing to the audience of today and tomorrow? Wim Pijbes will lead the conversation with Emilie Gordenker on the issues below.

1. The building: architecture and  the extension of the Mauritshuis 

2. The audience:  which tools  you use to attract the audience

3. The collection:  what is the role and how can you 'use' your icons


Other events in the series

Friday 6 May 2016 Lecture
Refurbishing the Rijksmuseum

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


Fir 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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