In the future
Advice and text for the publication and exhibition 2022:
2017-2018 Afrikaanse bedienden aan het Haagse hof Haags Historisch Museum
In the sixties of the eighteenth century, two black children, Cupido and Sideron, were given to the future stadtholder Willem V, probably by the West India Company. Seven-year-old Sideron comes from drought and famine-ravaged Curaçao, the slightly younger Cupido from the coast of Guinea, in Africa. The children end up in a world of great luxury and abundance and in the years that follow manage to work their way up to valet at the court of the stadtholder and his wife, Wilhelmina of Prussia. During the French Revolution, they flee with the couple and a small part of the royal household to Great Brittain. Cupido’s descendants swarm out over the Netherlands.
Since the fourteenth century it has been a good practice to give black children as gifts to Northern European monarchs. The black servants of the Van Oranje family are depicted next to the stadtholder or king in many paintings and other works of art, but little is known about the lives of these people.
History, documents and art come together in this exhibition.
2008 Black is beautiful, Rubens to Dumas, Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
In 2008 I was guest curator of the exhibition Black is beautiful. Rubens to Dumas. Important advisors Elizabeth McGrath (Rubens and colleagues, Warburg institute Image of the Black in Western Art collection), Carl Haarnack (slavery in books), Elmer Kolfin (slavery in prints and paintings) en Adi Martis (contemporary art). Gary Schwartz made his research for The Image of the Black in Western Art available to me.
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2002 – 2003 Licht uit spot aan, 50 jaar tv cultuur door de lens
Kippa en Spaarnestad fotoarchief in Haarlem
2001 Ja ik wil Koninklijke huwelijken Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam. Assistant John Vrieze.research Koninklijk Huis Archief / Research Royal Archives
2001 Melle. Het vroege werk 1933-1945 Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem. Idea, editing and production: Ype Koopmans
2003 Liefde uit de Hermitage/ Love from the Hermitage Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam. Assistant Vincent Boele and edit. cat.
Content research for Exhibitions:
- 2004 Negerplastieken en moderne meesters, Carel van Lier, Museum of Modern Art Arnhem. Research into the current whereabouts of certain works to the benefit of the exhibition
Filmresearch for exhibitions:
- 2003 Stad en Land, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam/
- 2004 Nicolaas en Alexandra, Hermitage Amsterdam
- 2003 Mexico, Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam