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Anita Hopmans, MA

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Anita Hopmans, MA
Senior Curator / Advisor

Curriculum vitae and duties

Anita Hopmans began her career at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History in 2003, initially leading the group of departments comprising Modern & Contemporary Art, and Archives & Press Documentation. She then became Head of Collections & Research and from 2017 Senior Programme Manager (Museological) Research; in this role she contributed to the development of RKD Digital Research, a project grant-aided by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO). Since 2020, Hopmans has been involved in various external research and exhibition projects as Senior Curator/Advisor.

She is currently working on an exhibition called The making of Van Dongen, which will be held at the Singer Museum in Laren, as well as completing her doctoral thesis on 'Van Dongen and the avant-garde, 1895-1917'. She is contributing an essay on Henri Le Fauconnier to the exhibition Van Gogh, Cézanne, Le Fauconnier and the Bergen School at the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. Hopmans is one of the researchers working on the digital Catalogue Raisonné Kees van Dongen (1877-1968), which is being produced by the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, New York – Paris.

Hopmans has published on a variety of nineteenth- and twentieth-century subjects including Eugène Delacroix’s murals in the Palais Bourbon in Paris, drawings and paintings by Jan Sluijters, J.C.W. Cossaar, restitution research, the formation of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection, as well as on the art dealers Frans Buffa & Zonen. As editor-in-chief and member of the editorial board of the RKD’s Sources Series, she has overseen publication of the letters of Bram van Velde as well as Jan Mankes. She has acted as guest curator for several exhibitions: De onbekende Van Dongen. Vroege en fauvistische tekeningen 1895-1912 / Van Dongen retrouvé. L'Oeuvre sur papier, 1895-1912 (1997), in Rotterdam, Paris and Lyon; De grote ogen van Kees van Dongen / Van Dongen. Fauve, anarchiste et mondain (2010-2011), in Rotterdam and Paris; and Van Dongen & le Bateau-Lavoir (2018) at the Musée de Montmartre, Paris.


Additional positions

For the Vereniging Rembrandt (Rembrandt Association) Anita Hopmans is a member of the Advisory Council as well as the Art History Sub-committee; she sits on the board of the Stichting Nederlandse Kunsthistorische Publicaties (SNKP – Dutch Art-Historical Publications Foundation), the study programme committee of The Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK), and the steering committee for the UvA-SMA-RKD Visiting Fellow Modern & Contemporary Art.


Publications (selection)

  • 'De Salon des Indépendants en de Salon d'Automne: 1906'; ‘Vernieuwing in Parijs en Amsterdam: 1911' (with Wietse Coppes), in: Helewise Berger, Karlijn de Jong, Jan Sluijters. De wilde jaren, 's-Hertogenbosch (Noordbrabants Museum), 2018-2019, pp. 54-58; 94-97
  • 'Van Dongen et le Bateau-Lavoir', in: Anita Hopmans, Saskia Ooms, Van Dongen & le Bateau-Lavoir, Parijs (Musée de Montmartre) 2018
  • 'Kees van Dongen. Sociaal engagement en sensuele vrouwen in Montmartre', in: Mayken Jonkman (eds.): Nederlanders in Parijs 1789-1914, Bussum 2017, pp. 202-221
  • 'Fluctuating Fortunes: Kees van Dongen, a Dutch Fauve in the French Arena', in: Heinz Widauer, Claudine Grammont, Passions Fauves. Henri Matisse and Fauvism, Wenen (Albertina), 2013-2014, pp. 302-313
  • 'Les frères Van Velde et leur mécène. Présentation de la correspondance', in: Rainer Michael Mason, Sylvie Ramond (eds.), Bram et Geer van Velde. Deux peintres – Un nom, Lyon (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon), (2010), pp. 192-205
  • Verwerving en restitutie: de zaak Toorop. Een studie naar de herkomst van twee kunstwerken / Acquisition and Restitution: the Toorop Case. A study into the provenance of two art works, Boijmans Studies, Rotterdam 2008
  • 'De systematische opbouw van een verzameling hedendaagse kunst in de jaren zestig: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen', in: Jong Holland, 18 (2002), nr. 2, pp. 30-39
  • 'Delacroix's decorations in the Palais Bourbon library: a classic example of an unacademic approach', in: Simiolus 17 (1987), pp. 240-269