RKD at TEFAF Maastricht 2020

The RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History will this year once again be present at the TEFAF Maastricht (stand 728) from Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 March. The RKD will be showing highlights from the Modernist Archives, including postcards sent by Theo van Doesburg and El Lissitzky.

As an art-historical documentation centre, the RKD's role is not to buy and sell art but to offer information about works of art and artists. Once again we are opening our stand to visitors who want to know more about art in the broadest sense of the word. A good place to start is, with hundreds of thousands of records that can be easily searched and contain a wealth of art-historical information about artists, artworks, collections and collectors, archival papers, ego documents as well as images. Visitors to the TEFAF have for years been grateful for this service.

Modernist Archives at TEFAF 2020

Early in 2020 the RKD, with support from Metamorfoze, the national programme for the preservation of paper heritage, started work on the digitisation of a unique collection of Modernist archives. These include the archives of distinctive and innovative Dutch artists, collectors and art critics from the period 1910-1960. The Modernist archives give a lively picture of the birth and development of modern art in the Netherlands. The artists of De Stijl, Dada and the Bauhaus created a wide and international network. The RKD is showing letters from Til Brugman's archive. This poet translated articles for the periodical De Stijl, organised exhibitions and helped artists to sell works of art. She had frequent contact with her many artist friends, writing letters in several languages. At TEFAF you can see letters written to her by El Lissitzky, Theo and Nelly van Doesburg as well as Kurt and Helma Schwitters. More information can be found here.

TEFAF Maastricht 2020

TEFAF Maastricht, the pre-eminent art and antiques fair worldwide, offers works of unrivalled quality, providing a platform to leading art dealers and specialists from across the globe. The 32nd edition of TEFAF Maastricht will take place at MECC Maastricht from 7 to 15 March 2020. For more information, visit


  • Date: TEFAF Maastricht 2020 took place from 7 to 11 March 2020 (Due to the coronavirus the art fair closed four days earlier than the scheduled closing date of March 15th)
  • Location: MECC Maastricht

Photo: Mark Niedermann