During the Spring of this year, Dr Alexander Dencher (Leiden University Lecturer and Rijksmuseum curator) organised a lecture series focused on interiors and decorative arts of the eighteenth century titled, “Interiors for Display”.
Museums in the Netherlands have been closed since December. Although virtual tours and talks compensate for the lack of museum visits, the feeling of experiencing art in real life cannot fully be imitated in virtual form. To escape the technical realm, I went on a quest to find art outside.
What has changed behind the closed doors of a museum during the past year due to the pandemic? We discuss this question with Lara Weiss and Daniel Soliman, who, since 2014 and 2019 respectively, work as curators of the Egyptian collection of the RMO in Leiden.
Not being able to attend classes in person not only influences studying but also the way students can connect with each other. Interaction is heavily missing in these times. In January, the art history student association LKV therefore started their own podcast called “Let’s Talk Art!”.
Starting on March 11th 2021, Dr. Laurie Kalb Cosmo will invite a number of inspiring speakers to talk about topical issues in museums. She cordially invites everyone interested to join her in these lectures where the speakers will discuss their work in museums and museum-related projects.
On February 4th, Professor Stijn Bussels (Leiden University), Dr. Gijs Versteegen (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), and Professor Walter Melion (Emory University) presented their new publication, Magnificence in the Seventeenth Century: Performing Splendour in Catholic and Protestant Contexts.