Summer Course 4

Fernand Khnopff, Incense (detail), 1898, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent.
Fernand Khnopff, Incense (detail), 1898, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent.

Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders
Belgian Fin de Siècle 1880-1914 (June 24 - July 4, 2018)

The aim of the Summer Course is to bring to Flanders, annually, a select group of 20 national and international, highly qualified young researchers. They are presented with an intensive 11-day programme of lectures, discussions, and visits related to a specific course theme within Flemish art. This theme varies annually, with a focus each year on a different art-historical period.

The Summer Course provides the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections from the period at hand, as well as into the available and most suited research methods, the state of the research and the research needs. We expect active participation from the participants, with a discussion following each lecture.

After three successful Summer Courses (The age of van Eyck in context, The age of Rubens in context and Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Low Countries), we now focus on Belgian Fin de Siècle (1880-1914). This Summer Course takes place from June 24 through July 4, 2018. It is coordinated by the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, the Royal Museum of FIne Arts in Antwerp, Mu.ZEE Ostend and the Flemish Art Collection. Excursions will be made to Ghent, Bruges, Ostend, Brussels, Paris, Namur and Antwerp. The language of the summer course is English. Some lectures or guided visits may be in French.

Participation fee and grants

The participation fee of the Summer Course is fixed at €1089 per person. The fee includes the full 11-day programme, 10 overnight hotel stays in a single-occupancy room, all transportation within the programme, all entry tickets, 2 receptions, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. Not included in the participation fee is the transportation to and from Belgium.

To facilitate students with limited financial means the organisation of the Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders has made available 2 grants of €544,5 each. The recipients of the grant will pay a reduced participation fee of €544,5 instead of the regular fee.

Thanks to the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation's History of Art Grants Program 2 US students and citizens are offered a grant that will fully cover the programme fee and round trip flights between Belgium and the US.

Profile, application and programme

Participants have a master's degree or are PhD-student, junior curator or restorer and they are specialised in Belgian Fin de Siècle Art. The master's degree was earned maximum 10 years ago.

All applicants should mail a resume, a letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or a museum professional to Matthias.Depoorter@vlaamsekunstcollectie.be.

ATTENTION: The application deadline is extended until January 7, 2018! 

In addition to a resume, a letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member required for general applications, candidates for the Summer Course grant are asked to send the application form.

In addition to a resume, a letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member required for general applications, candidates for the Kress grant are asked to send a one page statement explaining their financial need.

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The Summer Course for the study of the arts in Flanders is a joint initiative of the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Mu.ZEE Ostend, Musea Brugge, M - Museum Leuven, the University of Ghent, the Catholic University of Leuven, the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, the Rubenianum and the Flemish Art Collection.

Structural content partners for this edition are the Royal Library of Belgium Brussels, The Royal Museums of Art and History Brussels and The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA) Brussels.

With the support of the Rubenianum Fund administered by the King Baudouin Foundation.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders