Chris Stolwijk, Ph.D.

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Chris Stolwijk, Ph.D.
General Director

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Woudsterweg bij Oranjewoud, 1912 (februari)
Arnhem, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem

Curriculum vitae and duties

Chris Stolwijk (1966) studied politicology and art history at the Vrije Universiteit and the University of Utrecht. He gained his PhD in 1997 for a research into the position of art and artists in the Netherlands around 1850-1900. After a period working as a university lecturor at the University of Utrecht and successively as curator of Research, Head of Research and Head of Collections, Presentation and Research at the Van Gogh Museum. He was then appointed in 2012 as General Director of the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History. Stolwijk led various large-scale research projects, including a series of document catalogues, the Van Gogh Letter Project and Van Gogh’s Studio Practice. He cooperated on a number of international exhibitions, such as Theo Van Gogh (1999), Vincent’s choice (2003), Van Gogh and the Colours of Night (2009-2010), Paul Gaugiun: the Breakthrough to Modernity (2009-2010) and Van Gogh & Nature (2015). The focus of his input lies in West-European paintings from the period around 1800-1920 with a specific interest for the life and works of Vincent van Gogh and his inner circle, the history of art history, the history of art collecting, the social economic aspects of art and the skill of artistry including the professionalisation of the art trade, museification and digital art history. This interest manifested itself in numerous publications and other contributions. In his role as General Director of the RKD he strives to share Dutch art treasures with the rest of the world. He is assisted in this task by colleagues and collaborating partners.

 Additional positions

- Chair general management Post Graduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis (OSK))
- Chair Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA)
- Chair NWO-Research Programme Science4Arts
- Member of Management Brokken Zijp Foundation
- Member of Management Biography Portal of the Netherlands (Biografisch Portaal)
- Member of the Advisory Board Royal Antiquarian Society (Koninklijk Oudheidkundig Genootschap)
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Arts Faculty, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Member of the Recommendation Committee to the Willem Witsen Foundation (Stichting Willem Witsen)
- Management advisor for the Hofstede de Groot/RKD Friends Society
- Management advisor CODART
- Member of the Municipal Oudewater Society Forum ( Forum Samenleving Gemeente Oudewater)

Publications (selection)

- Uit de schilderswereld (1998)
- Theo van Gogh: kunsthandelaar, verzamelaar en broer van Vincent (1999)
- The account book of Theo van Gogh and Jo van Gogh-Bonger (2002)
- Vincents keuze (2003)
- A decade of collecting, 1997-2006 (2006)
- Van Gogh en de kleuren van de nacht (2009)
- Van Gogh & Nature (2105)
- Thannhauser and Van Gogh  (2016)