4th Annual Ards Study Day - 'Collecting Medieval Sculpture'

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November 23, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Ards, M-Museum Leuven (B) is proud to announce the programme for the 4th annual colloquium ‘Current research in medieval and renaissance sculpture’, which will be held in the Musée du Louvre in Paris (FR) on November 24th 2017. The central theme of the conference is:

Collecting Medieval Sculpture

How did or do medieval sculpture collections get formed? How has medieval sculpture been collected in the past (including in the middle ages and renaissance period) and how is this evolving right now?
We know the prices on the art market are slowly rising as medieval sculpture is becoming increasingly more interesting as an investment. Can we take a closer look at what’s happening in that area? In december 2014 the Getty Museum acquired a rare medieval alabaster sculpture of Saint Philip by the Master of the Rimini Altarpiece at Sotheby’s for no less than 542,500 GBP. If a small statuette by an anonymous master can generate this kind of money at a sale, this must mean the ‘market’ for medieval sculpture is shifting thoroughly.
Moreover, does the exhibition or publication of medieval sculpture influence this trend? It is a fact that the more we know about an art piece or artist, the more interesting it becomes to buy or exhibit them. What are the motifs or instigating factors for museums and private collectors to collect this intrinsiquely religiously inspired and therefore (?) ‘less attractive’ discipline. Links can be drawn to the abolition of churchly instances at the end of the 19th century and the gothic revival in the 19th century, the export of mainland patrimony to the United Kingdom.

Registration and practical information

Address: Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Participation to the Scholar’s Days is free of charge for all registered attendants and speakers. Registration is obligatory (deadline: November 12th 2017)
Please register via this google form.
Programme and timetable can be subject to change.


Download a pdf programme here

· Thursday 23th of November 2017

Morning Session : Guided visit to the exhibition Francois I and Dutch Art | Cécile Scaillerez, Curator of the exhibition

Lunch Break on your own

Afternoon Session : Guided visit to the sculpture collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs


· Friday 24th of November 2017

09:15 Registration and coffee

09:50 Welcome | Sophie Jugie, Director of the Department of Sculptures Musée du Louvre and dr. Peter Carpreau, Head of Old Masters M-Museum Leuven

10:00 Chair morning session | Dr. Emile Van Binnebeke, Curator of Sculpture and Furniture Royal Museums of Art and History Brussels

10:05 Keynote | to be confirmed

10:45 Lecture 1 | Dr. Céline Brugeat, TRACES (UMR 5608), Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès

Elginism or collecting? Importer, collectionner, exposer l'architecture médiévale française aux Etats-Unis (XIXe - XXIe siècles)

11:10 Lecture 2 | Dra. Michaela Zöschg, Project Curator The Burrell Collection Glasgow Museum
"An exceedingly good carving": Sir William Burrell (1861-1958) and his Collection of Medieval Sculpture

11:35 Lecture 3 | Dr. Marco M. Mascolo, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max Planck Institut

Medieval Sculpture at the Detroit Institute of Arts: The Role of Wilhelm R. Valentiner between Expressionism and Connoisseurship

12:00 Lecture 4 | Dra. Blandine Landau, Curator of the Musée des Emaux et Faïences de Longwy and Lucas Giles, Duke University

The Brummer Gallery: Buying and Selling Medieval Sculpture in New York 1924-1947

12:25 Questions and discussion morning session | chair: Dr. Emile Van Binnebeke

12:40 Lunch **

14:00 Chair afternoon session | Pierre-Yves Le Pogam, Curator in charge Department of Sculptures Musée du Louvre

14:05 Ards yearly overview | Dra. Marjan Debaene, Head of Collections M- Museum Leuven and Coordinator Ards

14:15 Lecture 5 | Dr. Miya Tokumitsu, University of Melbourne
The Rise of a Sculpture Collecting Culture in Late Medieval Germany

14:40 Lecture 6 | Dr. Dagmar Preising, Curator Suermondt – Ludwig - Museum Aachen
A Neo-Gothic Carver's Collection of Gothic Sculptures. Meaning and Function

15:05 Coffee break

15:25 Lecture 7 | Sophie Guillot de Suduiraut, Honorary Curator of Heritage and Cécile Oulhen, Curator of Historic Monuments DRAC Bretagne

Collectionneurs et sculptures anversoises du XVIe siècle. L'exemple du retable de la cathédrale de Rennes

15:50 Lecture 8 | Dra. Marthje Sagewitz, University of Leipzig

Auguste Rodin: Admirateur et collectionneur passionné de la sculpture médiévale. De la motivation de collectionner d'un artiste

16:15 Questions and discussion afternoon session | chair: Pierre-Yves Le Pogam

16:30 DebateCollecting medieval sculpture nowadays’ | Moderated talk with key players in the field of collecting and selling medieval sculpture

17:00 Closing remarks | Dr. Peter Carpreau

17:15 'Verre d'amitié' - closing reception

Every registered participant and speaker is welcome to visit the Louvre until 21:45

*On Thursday, the 23th of November, lunch is not included. You can find many diners and lunch facilities in the vicinity of the Louvre.

**On Friday, the 24th of November, lunch is included and free of charge for all registered attendants and speakers.

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact info@ards.be

Contact Info: 

Marjan Debaene, Head of Collections, M-Museum Leuven

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