Judith Niessen new Head of Collections RKD

Judith Niessen
Judith Niessen

The RKD has appointed Judith Niessen as its new Head of Collections. She will take up her post on 1 September 2018. Together with her team of colleagues Judith will be responsible for the rich treasures of the RKD: a unique national collection comprising archives and a library as well as visual and other documentation.

After completing her degree in art history at Utrecht University, Judith joined Sotheby’s Amsterdam in 1997, where she went on to become director of Old Master Paintings and became an expert on Dutch and Flemish painting before 1800.

In 2007 she set up her own business, Niessen Art & Research, to carry out provenance and other art-historical research for private individuals as well as public institutions. She has worked on numerous projects and contributed to the collection catalogue of Early Netherlandish paintings in the Rijksmuseum as well as the catalogue of Netherlandish drawings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Professor Chris Stolwijk, General Director of the RKD, says: ‘The RKD is delighted with the appointment of Judith Niessen. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Furthermore, her dynamic enthusiasm is contagious and she knows how to bring people together. I am convinced that over the coming years Judith will be making a valuable contribution to the development of our new digital Home for Art History.’