Monthly Archives: June 2015

CFP: Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain (Leuven, 4-6 February 2016)

2015-06-NetherlandishArtLuxuryCFP: Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain

International conference, University of Leuven, Belgium, 04. – 06 February 2016
Deadline: Oct 1, 2015

Initiated and organized by Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art, KU Leuven. 
In 2010, Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven) acquired the archive of the eminent Belgian art historian professor Jan Karel Steppe (1918-2009). Steppe is internationally renowned for his ground breaking research on the influence of Netherlandish art and luxury goods in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Spain. By Spring 2016 the inventory the Steppe Archive will be accessible online. To celebrate this accomplishment, Illuminare is organizing an international conference on this area of Steppe’s research.
This conference will focus on a large variety of media, ranging from painting and tapestry to broadcloth and astrolabes. Special attention will be paid to the driving forces behind this export-driven market, such as artists, patrons, collectors and merchants. By taking into account cultural, religious, political and socio-economic dynamics, the conference aims to shed new light on the multifaceted artistic impact of the Low Countries on the Iberian Peninsula in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
We welcome 20-minute papers by established and early career scholars that revisit or expand Steppe’s topics of research and, equally important, enhance these with recent methodologies and theoretical frameworks. The official language of the conference is English, although papers in French may be taken into consideration. Proposals of no more than 300 words and a brief CV should be submitted to drs. Robrecht Janssen ( and drs. Daan van Heesch ( by the 1st of October 2015.
Speakers will be invited to submit their papers for a peer-reviewed publication on the topic.
Scientific committee:  Barbara Baert (KU Leuven), Krista de Jonge (KU Leuven), Bart Fransen (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Robrecht Janssen (KU Leuven / KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Maximiliaan Martens (Ghent University), Werner Thomas (KU Leuven), Paul Vandenbroeck (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp / KU Leuven), Jan Van der Stock (KU Leuven), Daan van Heesch (KU Leuven), Koenraad Van Cleempoel (Hasselt University), Annelies Vogels (KU Leuven), Lieve Watteeuw (KU Leuven)




The Mayas, Liverpool, June – October 2015

Mayas: Revelation of an Endless Time

World Museum, Liverpool
19 June – 18 October 2015

Large exhibition produced by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico City, exploring the Mayan civilization of eastern Mexico and modern day Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras and El Salvador. 385 objects, from museums and Mayan sites, ranging from striking funerary masks to intricate jade jewellery. It will be the only opportunity in the UK to see this exhibition, which has been organised as part of the 2015 ‘Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom’ and ‘Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico’. Entry free of charge.


Mercedes de la Garza ed., Mayas: Revelation of an Endless Time, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 2015, 240 pp, 365 colour illus., £25. ISBN 9786074846515.
Extremely well illustrated, with colour photos, maps and an extensive comparative timeline from 3,000 BC to 1500 AD across civilizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Seven essays focusing mainly on the different regional characteristics of the Maya civilization in the Mexican Yucatan peninsula introduce brief catalogue entries on all 303 objects divided into eight thematic sections.


CFP: The Alhambra in a Global Context (Zürich, 16-17 September 2016)

CFP: The Power of Symbols: The Alhambra in a Global Context
Zürich, September 16 – 17, 2016
Deadline for submission: 1 September 2015
Organisers: Prof. Dr. Francine Giese / Dr. Ariane Varela Braga (University of Zürich)
Keynote Speakers: Fernando Valdés Fernández (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) / Pedro A. Galera Andreu (Universidad de Jaén)
The following sections are planned:
– The Alhambra in Islamic Times
– The Alhambra and national identity
– The Alhambra in the World
– The Alhambra in the 21st century – New Challenges

Papers should have a duration of 20 min. Conference languages will be German, English and French. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a short CV, should be sent to:


Exhibiton: Miró, Düsseldorf

Installationsansicht der Ausstellung "Miró. Malerei als Poesie" im K20 Grabbeplatz, Foto: Achim Kukulies, © Successió Miró / VG Bild-Kunst 2015
Installationsansicht der Ausstellung “Miró. Malerei als Poesie” im K20 Grabbeplatz, Foto: Achim Kukulies, © Successió Miró / VG Bild-Kunst 2015


Miró: Malerei als Poesie (Miró: Painting as Poetry)
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf
13 June – 27 September 2015

Previously on at the Bucerius KunstForum, Hamburg, now on in an expanded form. Exhibition of about 50 paintings from across the artist’s career together with a representative selection from the more than 250 illustrated books that he designed. The exhibition explores two main themes: how Miró’s work was informed by contemporary literature both in Barcelona and in Paris after 1920; and how contemporary poets, such as André Breton, Paul Eluard and Tristan Tzara later collaborated with or were inspired by Miró’s work.
Reviewed in The Burlington Magazine May 2015 (pp 371-373) by Lesley Thornton-Cronin, former ARTES Facundo Riaño Essay Prize winner.

Catalogue: Miró. Malerei als Poesie
ISBN: 978-3-941773-30-1
29,90 EUR

Exhibition: Francisco de Zurbarán, Madrid

2015-06-zurbaran_cabecerahomeZurbarán: A New Perspective; Zurbarán: una nueva mirada

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
9 June – 13 September 2015

The exhibition will include the recently conserved St Serapion — click here for video  (before its redisplay in the new European galleries at Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut), and aims to provide a new insight into the artist’s work by showing, for the first time in Spain, recently rediscovered works alongside paintings by the best of his pupils including his son Juan de Zurbarán’s still lives. Curated by Zurbarán specialist Odile Delenda and Mar Borobia, Head of Old Master Paintings at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.



Exhibition: Josefa de Óbidos, Lisbon

2015-06-expo_josefa_2015Josefa de Óbidos e a invenção do barroco português; Josefa de Óbidos and the invention of the Portuguese Baroque
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
16 May – 6 September 2015

Around 130 items, including a selection of the artist’s paintings and other supporting artworks, are on display. Loans from public and private collections in Portugal, Spain, etc.2015-06-MNAA-Lisbon-logo


Open House Madrid, 26-27 September 2015


Open House Madrid 2015

Advannotice: 26-27 September 2015 will see Madrid enjoy its first ‘Open House’ modeled on the heritage open-days that London and other British cities such as Liverpool and Oxford have had since 1992. Madrid’s ‘Open House’ will open 70 buildings to the public, including the Bank of Spain, which will offer guided visits of the architecture and the Bank’s art collection. Although the list of open buildings has yet to be finalised it should also include the seat of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, and the newly built Gimnasio Maravillas in Chamartín along with other businesses, hotels, private houses, cultural and sports centres, rehabilitated buildings and architectural studios.

The ‘Open House’ will also coincide with the print collectors’ fair (Feria Arte Estampa) held in Madrid’s Matadero.