Friso Lammertse started his new role as the Rijksmuseum
s Curator of 17th-Century Dutch Painting on 1 March 2020. He and Curator Jonathan Bikker are co-managing the museums 17th-century Dutch painting collection, the largest of its kind in the world. Lammertse will be involved in a variety of exhibitions as well as research projects such as Operation Night Watch. He succeeds Pieter Roelofs, who has been appointed as Head of Paintings and Sculpture at the Rijksmuseum in 2018.
Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum: We are delighted that Friso Lammertse is joining us at the Rijksmuseum. His many years of museum experience and his global network make him a key addition to the curatorial team.
Lammertse, 57, studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam. From 1992 onwards he was Curator of Old Master Paintings and Sculpture at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, where he worked on numerous major exhibitions, such as Uylenburgh & Son (Rembrandt House Museum / Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2006), Dutch Primitives: Paintings from the Late Middle Ages (2008), The Road to Van Eyck (2012), The Young Van Dyck (Museo National de Prado, Madrid 2012) and Pure Rubens (2018).