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Mayken Jonkman, LLM, MA

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Mayken Jonkman, LLM, MA
Senior Curator of Nineteenth-Century Art

Curriculum Vitae and duties

Since 2018, Mayken Jonkman has been senior Curator of Nineteenth-Century art for the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History. She often works together with museums, universities and other institutions to organise exhibitions, symposia and research projects about topics such as artists’ mobility, their studios, the art market as well as other sociological aspects of art in the nineteenth century in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Jonkman is currently working on her PhD thesis, titled Retour de Paris. Artistic exchanges between The Netherlands and France 1789-1914, which looks at nineteenth-century Dutch artists who travelled to, and lived in Paris. She was guest curator for the exhibitions Nederlanders in Parijs 1789-1914 / Les Hollandais à Paris, held at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (autumn 2017) and the Petit Palais in Paris (spring 2018), respectively.

Mayken Jonkman studied art history at the University of Amsterdam specialising in Dutch nineteenth-century aesthetic theories in an international context. She also holds a law degree from Utrecht University with a specialty in copyright as it affects museums. Jonkman has been an RKD staff member since 2005.


Additional positions

Mayken Jonkman is board member of the European Society for Nineteenth Century Art (ESNA), the Van Baarenstichting (Van Baaren Foundation) and the Siebe Johannes ten Catestichting (Siebe Johannes ten Cate Foundation).


Publications (selection)

  • ‘“Mille complimens et amities”. Friendships in the making of Gerard van Spaendonck’s Parisian career’, Nederlands Kunsthistorische Jaarboek 70 (2020) , P. Chapman, B. Ramakers, J. Woodall (eds.), Ars Amicitia: Friendship in Netherlandish Art, pp. xx-xx (forthcoming)
  • ‘The seduction of a young artist in Paris. The case of the Dutch artist Frederik Hendrik Kaemmerer and Goupil et cie’, in: France Nerlich, Eleonora Vratskidou (eds.), Disrupting Schools. Transnational Art Education in the nineteenth Century, Turnhout (Brepols) 2020
  • ‘Parijs in de 19de eeuw, centrum van de kunstwereld’, in: Mayken Jonkman (red.), Nederlanders in Parijs 1789-1914, Bussum 2017, pp. 10-29
  • ‘“En iedereen staat stil”. De aansprekende etalage van de Amsterdamse kunsthandel Frans Buffa & Zonen’, in: Sylvia Alting van Geusau, Mayken Jonkman, Aukje Vergeest (red.), Kunsthandel Frans Buffa & Zonen 1790-1951. Schoonheid te koop, Den Haag / Zwolle 2016, pp. 15-29
  • ‘Feesten en relaties. Mesdag als cultureel entrepreneur’, in: Maite van Dijk, Mayken Jonkman, Renske Suijver (red.), Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Kunstenaar, verzamelaar, entrepreneur, Bussum 2015, pp. 111-120
  • 'Couleur Locale. Het schildersatelier en de status van de kunstenaar´, in: Mayken Jonkman, Eva Geudeker (red.), Mythen van het Atelier. Werkplaats en atelierpraktijk van de negentiende-eeuwse Nederlandse kunstenaar, Zwolle 2010, pp. 13-37