Gepubliceerd op 23-05-2017

Vacature: Curator, 16th- and 17th century Dutch Drawing (Deadline 30 June)

The Rijksmuseum is the museum of the Netherlands. The collection includes 1.1 million (art) objects from and related to the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. In 2013, a completely renovated Rijksmuseum was opened to the public, with 2,000,000 visitors a year, a breath-taking building, an innovative permanent installation, beautiful exhibitions, a dynamic events programme and many fun facilities for young and old.

The Rijksprentenkabinet is seeking a:

Curator, 16th- and 17th-century Dutch Drawings
36 hours per week

Information about the position:
he post will become vacant with the retirement of the present Senior Curator, Marijn Schapelhouman, in September 2017. His successor will work within the team of twelve curators and researchers in the Department of Drawings, Prints and Photographs, as well as with museum’s conservators, information specialists and registrars. With the head of department, he or she will share responsibility for the museum’s world-class holdings of Dutch drawings before 1700 and be closely involved in all aspects of the scholarly research, publication and interpretation of works in this subject area. The successful candidate will also be responsible for recommending potential new acquisitions and play a major role in exhibitions and displays in this field.

The main tasks are:

  • Research the drawings in your care and write scholarly texts for the permanent collection catalogues;
  • Manage the collections assigned to you, catalogue new acquisitions, and communicate your expertise with both a lay and a professional public through publications, lectures and informal tours;
  • Organize and co-ordinate presentations and exhibitions;
  • 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.


  • Academic degree in European art history, with a special knowledge of 16th- or 17th-century Dutch art and a focus on works on paper;
  • Proven track record working first hand with art objects (i.e. non-written sources);
  • Minimum of two years’ curatorial experience;
  • 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;
  • Working knowledge of modern languages.

The curator will be appointed initially for a 12-month period. It is expected that following an extension of another 12 months, the position would become permanent.

Terms of employment
The gross monthly salary will be commensurate with education and experience, from a minimum of €3,520 to a maximum of €4,901 (scale 12), for a full working week of 36 hours, excluding 8% holiday allowance and end-of-year benefits. The CAO Museum applies.

For further information, please contact Jane Turner, Head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, on +31(0)20-6747201. For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Lieke Boers, Human Resources Advisor, tel. +31(0)20-6747304.

Applications (letter and c.v. to the attention of J. Turner) should be sent by email to vacatures@rijksmuseum.nl, mentioning the job title, no later than 30 June 2017. Interviews will take place in July 2017.


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