On Monday September 6, 2021 the annual Van de Waal lecture was given by Reinier Baarsen, Professor by special appointment in the History of the Decorative Arts. The lecture marks the opening of the academic year for the Art History department of Leiden University.
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!”.