The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has announced the debut of the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA), an innovative research center that will promote the study and appreciation of Dutch and Flemish art.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has announced the debut of the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA), an innovative research center that will promote the study and appreciation of Dutch and Flemish art by stimulating interdisciplinary research and object-based learning, nurturing future generations of scholars and curators through a residency fellowship program, and hosting a wide range of academic and public programs. Centrally located on the ground floor of the MFA, the newly constructed CNA houses a library of over 43,000 volumes that will open to the public by appointment starting in January 2022, offices for staff and scholars, and spaces for seminars and events. The new facilities will serve as a hub for activities that draw connections across the Museum’s resources and offerings: rich collections of art from around the globe, a state-of-the-art Conservation Center, and public programs that serve wide audiences. The CNA was founded in 2017 through a landmark donation to the MFA from two families, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie, whose transformative gift also included 114 paintings that elevated the Museum’s holdings into one of the country’s foremost collections of 17th-century Dutch art and significantly strengthened its representation of Flemish works from the period. The CNA’s opening coincides with the MFA’s unveiling of seven newly renovated galleries for Dutch and Flemish art, which include a rotating space dedicated to presenting research developed at the CNA through collaborations with academic partners. The Center’s activities will continue to ramp up over the coming months with a CNA Scholars Day in early 2022 and a series of public programs in the spring.
“The Center for Netherlandish Art is a bold, new initiative to create an interdisciplinary research center in the middle of one America’s great art museums. Through a range of scholarly programs and public gatherings, the Center will encourage students, scholars, conservators and collectors to collaborate in sharing new research and perspectives on Netherlandish art of the 17th century. Our goal is to deepen the connection of existing audiences to a pivotal moment in the history of Western art, while encouraging a new generation to find sustained meaning in depictions of the land and leisure of the Netherlands in a time of economic and social transformation,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the MFA. “Linking the interpretation of art to its care, the Center will connect a world-class library and study area to newly reinstalled galleries and a state-of-the-art Conservation Center, which together will encourage the close looking that will open new possibilities for study and appreciation.”
As a research center within a major art museum—fully integrated into the MFA’s program, governance and facilities—the CNA provides rich opportunities to forge new partnerships, create new audiences for Dutch and Flemish art, and foster relationships between the U.S. and the Netherlands and Belgium for generations to come. The Center has received support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Delegation of Flanders to the USA—both funds will bring international scholars to Boston to participate in CNA programs and research initiatives. Among the CNA’s growing list of regional and global partners are the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), Harvard Art Museums, the Netherlands Innovation Network and Northeastern, Harvard, Yale and Brown universities.
“Our vision is for the CNA to be an international leader in the field of Dutch and Flemish art—through the quality of our conversations and programs, and our sustained commitment to excellence. To begin to achieve that vision we have developed a rich constellation of programs and partnerships that position the CNA as innovative, collaborative, multidisciplinary and accessible,” said Christopher Atkins, Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director of the CNA.
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