The Couplets of Fuchs and Other Stories
18 Sep 2016

Stedelijk Museum, Teijin Auditorium
3:30 - 5:45 pm
Adults € 15 / Students € 10 / Museumcard + € 2,50 public program admission


Before, after and during his directorship at the Stedelijk Museum between 1993 and 2003, Rudi Fuchs made numerous highly significant exhibitions. He was curator of documenta7 in Kassel, Germany in 1982, but he also exhibits at The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Castello di Rivoli (Turin) and in the Stedelijk Museum his Couplets resonated for a long time. What made these shows so special? Rudi Fuchs looks back with guest speakers.


3.30 – 3.45 pm           Welcome and Introduction | Rachel Esner
3.45 – 4.30                  Lecture | Jan Debbaut
4.30 – 5.00                  Lecture | Fieke Konijn
5.00 – 5.15                  Lecture | Margriet Schavemaker
5.15 – 5.45                  Q&A | moderator: Rachel Esner
5.45                               End of program
6.00 pm                        Museum closes 


Jan Debbaut is an art historian by training. Currently he works as a professor in curatorial studies at the Art History department at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and chair of CCS Ghent (the Center for Curatorial Studies at KASK in Gent). He also works as an independent curator. Over the last 25 years he has been directing several museums and art institutions (a.o. BOZAR in Brussels, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and Tate Collections in London). All these years he has been curating more than 100 exhibitions (including the Dutch and Belgian pavilion at the Venice Biennial) and building collections (a.o Generali in Vienna and La Caixa in Barcelona).

Dr. Rachel Esner studied art history at Columbia University, City University of New York and the Universität Hamburg. Following a postdoctoral position at the Centre allemande d’histoire de l’art in Paris, she took up her current post at the University of Amsterdam, where she is Assistant Professor and program chair of the MA Museumconservator. Dr. Esner is a specialist in French art and photography of the late nineteenth century, and museum and exhibition history. Her current research project, The Image of the Artist in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction focuses on the emergence of the artist as a public figure and celebrity with the aid of nineteenth-century "new media" such as photography and the illustrated press. She has published in renowned international journals and exhibition catalogues, and is the (co-)editor of several anthologies, most recently Hiding Making – Showing Creation. The Studio from Turner to Tacita Dean (AUP 2013).

Fieke Konijn is an art historian and critic based in Amsterdam. She was associate professor in the Art History department of the VU University in Amsterdam, where she was head of the masters' program on museum curating (or: curating the art museum) from 2003-2015. Her research interest focuses on the institutional history of the modern art museum, including modern and recent history of curating, exhibitions and display. She published on the history of the art museum after 1945 in the Open University handbook Kabinetten, galerijen en musea. Het verzamelen en presenteren van naturalia en kunst van 1500 tot heden, (eds. Ellinoor Bergvelt, Debora M. Meijers, Mieke Rijnders) that had its third edition in 2013 (the first dates from 1993). Her reviews were published in De Witte Raaf and Jong Holland, among others.

After an academic career at the University of Amsterdam Margriet Schavemaker started working at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 2009. Currently, she holds the position of Manager of Education, Interpretation and Publications. She writes on contemporary art and theory, organizes lectures and debates (eg Facing Forward Art and Theory from a Future Perspective (2011-2102).) And organizes exhibitions in which history and archival research play an important role (eg ZERO: Let Us Explore the Stars in 2015 and Jean TinguelyMachine Spectacle in 2016).