Gepubliceerd op 04-08-2021

Rijksmuseum Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Drawings (M/F/X)

The Rijksprentenkabinet (Department of Drawings, Prints and Photography of the Rijksmuseum) is seeking a Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Drawings (M/F/X).

Job description

The curator will work within the team of twelve curators and researchers of the Rijksprentenkabinet, as well as with the museum’s curators, conservators, information specialists and registrars. The curator is responsible for the museum’s holdings of 18th- and 19th-century drawings and is closely involved in all aspects of the scholarly research, publication and interpretation of works in this subject area. The curator is also responsible for recommending potential new acquisitions and plays a major role in exhibitions and displays in this field.

The main tasks are:

  • Manage the assigned collections and oversee the process of cataloguing, and making the artworks accessible.
  • Research the drawings under your care and write scholarly texts for the permanent collection catalogues.
  • Conduct academic research and publish about works on paper in this period.
  • Organize and co-ordinate presentations and exhibitions.
  • Communicate your expertise with both a lay and a professional public through publications, lectures and informal tours.
  • Follow the art market and make proposals for acquisitions in this area.
  • Maintain and develop contacts with collectors.
  • Represent the Rijksprentenkabinet in the art-historical world.

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  • Academic degree in art history (at least M.A.).
  • Minimum of two years’ curatorial experience with works on paper.
  • Ability to develop and elaborate creative visions.
  • Experience with project work, including in interdisciplinary (academic) context.
  • Experience in publishing catalogues and articles in leading academic journals and the equivalent.
  • Recognized expertise in the field of drawings, both nationally and internationally.
  • Excellent command of the Dutch language (or the willingness to learn it in the short term) and English language.

Conditions of employment

The gross monthly salary will be commensurate with education and experience, from a minimum of €3.744 to a maximum of €5.214 (scale 12), for a full working week of 36 hours, excluding 8% holiday allowance and end-of-year benefits. The Museum CAO applies.

Apply now!

For further information, please contact Ilona van Tuinen, Acting Head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, via i.van.tuinen@rijksmuseum.nl.

For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Lieke Boers, Human Resources Advisor, via phone +31206747000 or email werken@rijksmuseum.nl.

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