Lending for Europe – Collections Mobility

Program Training Collections mobility – December 1st – 3rd 2010 Antwerp (Belgium) (also available in .pdf)

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

Seminar Program
13.30 – 14.30: registration (coffee and sandwiches)
14.30 – 15.00: introduction seminar Collection Mobility
15.00 – 18.00: workshops and coffee break

Evening Program
19.00 – 22.00 : ‘walking dinner’ – Discovering the ancient city centre: with focus on the search for tangible and intangible remains of beer tradition in Antwerp

Thursday, December 2nd 2010

Seminar Program
9.30 – 12.30: workshops and coffee break
12.30 – 14.30: lunch
14.30 – 17.30: workshops and coffee break

Evening Program
18.00: visit of the Cathedral of Antwerp (exhibition of altarpieces removed from the cathedral during the Napoleonic times (end of the 18th century) and reintegrated in the cathedral by long term loans from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp to the cathedral
20.00: diner at ‘de Lokeend’

Friday, December 3rd 2010

Seminar Program
9.00 – 11.15: workshops and coffee break
11.30 – 13.30: plenary ‘getting practical’ and closing of the seminar
13.30 – 14.30: lunch

Structure of the training
The training will be organised in four panels (4 subgroups each of 14 people). Each subgroup will be trained by two trainers. 4×2 trainers will deal with a key-issue and will teach this subject in turn to the 4 sub-groups. At the end of each panel, the trainers will give detailed instructions and support on how the training program could be cascaded down during the national trainings.
Each subgroup session will take about 2h 30. The B session won’t take that long. An hour’s introductory session on the simulation game (topic D) will be added to this session. Topics and trainers will be:

Topic A
– Valuation, insurance, state indemnity, shared liability, Frank Bergevoet (Programme manager Museometry, Coordinator Collections Mobility 2.0, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage, The Netherlands), Henrietta Galambos (Head of Legal and Registrars Department, Museum of Fine Arts
Budapest, Hungary)

Topic B
– Immunity from seizure, Hillary Bauer (Head of the International and Cultural Property Unit DCMS, UK), Nout Van Woudenberg (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands)

Topic C
– Long term loans, collection research, Freda Matassa (Museum Consultant & Art Collections Manager, UK), Tuula Hamalainen (legal advisor, Valtion taidemuseo/Finnish National Gallery, Finland)

Topic D
– Simulation game, Kate Parsons (Head of Collection Management, Tate, UK), Tiziana Giuberti (Palazzo Massari, Ferrara, Italy)

Information on the town Antwerp is the second largest city of Belgium. The 500.000 inhabitants call it the ‘Metropolis’ (People in Antwerp are known in Belgium for their ‘modesty’). Antwerp has the second largest harbor of Europe (after Rotterdam). Apart from that, Antwerp is a city with numerous architectural highlights. Most of the highlights date from the 16th (the golden era of Antwerp) and the 17th century. Unfortunately parts of the old town’s fair face have been destructed during the Second World War. City-renewal too took its toll. However, there are still enough monuments left for those who like “monument-hopping”. Antwerp is also known for its 17 century painters amongst whom the most famous are Peter Paul Rubens and Antoon (Anthony) Van Dyck. Antwerp is the diamond center of the World. The diamond district is located next to the Central Railway Station. This area is also known as the Jewish part of the city. The presence of many ‘Chassidic’ Jewish people gives the city a flair which can’t be found in other Belgian cities. Today Antwerp is considered one of the important fashion cities of the world thanks to the efforts of numerous fashion designers (e.g.: Walter Van Beirendonck, Nadine Wynants, Ann De Meulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs, Kaat Tilley and others). The fashion area of Antwerp is situated near the Meir shopping street. You can also visit the ‘Mode Natie’, the fashion museum in Antwerp (Nationalestraat 28).
If you got some spare time you might visit the museum Mayer-Van den berg (Lange Gasthuisstraat, 19), a ‘gentleman’s collection’ from the 19th century. Fritz Van den Bergh (second half of the 19th century) collected artworks that were considered to be ‘less interesting’ in his time. He died young and his mother built him a sixteenth century style museum as a shrine for his commemoration. Up to you to judge his choices wet 21st Century eyes. Its a great place to visit. For those of you who like Brueghel the visit is obligatory as the ‘Dulle Griet’ by Piet Breughel the Elder is the masterpiece in his collection (google ‘mayer van den bergh’ to find out more about this collection).
Information on the Lindner Hotel & City Lounge Located close to Antwerp’s central station and in the diamond quarter, the Lindner Hotel & City Lounge is a four-star hotel. The hotel is in the proximity of the Antwerp’s city centre.
The seminar starts on Wednesday, December 1st at 13 h 30 (registration). We booked some extra hotel rooms for Tuesday night, November 30th, for colleagues who come flying in from further away and wish to arrive a day earlier. If so, please let us know.

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