ABN AMRO Bank presents


Dutch Days Museum Seminar "Masters of the Golden Age"

organised by Asia Week Hong Kong

Thursday, 7 April, 2016   |   6:30 pm - 7:30 pm   |   Hong Kong Arts Centre, agnès b. CINEMA


Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Dutch painting and the mirror of the skies by Cécile Bosman


6pm registration

6:30pm lecture begins


The national landscape, including the sea, has been a very popular and recurring subject in Dutch paintings for centuries. The poet Rhijnvis Feith (1753-1824) put it in 1791: “Our Nation has created itself in the truest sense of the word. The Land it inhabits is its own Land, which it wrested from the waters. With its bare hands, it tamed the seas and rivers that reigned with random fury there.”The sea can potentially be a threat, but also a source of great wealth for the Netherlands.


This lecture will explore how the Dutch have learned to live in and with their watery surroundings. We follow the natural and man-made waterways through the Netherlands to the coast, from the water-crossed landscapes to the clear sea view. Illustrated by oil paintings and a number of water colours dating from the early 17th Century all the way to the 21st Century, Cécile Bosman will explain how the Dutch turned water to their purpose for transport, trade, and relaxation. She will also give a view on the representation of water, the mirror of the skies, in these paintings. All the paintings and water colours are by Dutch artists and, with the occasional exception, part of the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.


The lecture is followed by a curator-to-curator conversation with

Cécile Bosman, Het Scheepvaartmuseum, &

Libby Lai-Pik Chan, Martime Museum of Hong Kong

After the lecture, Libby Lai-Pik Chan, curator of the Maritime Museum of Hong Kong will join the speaker for a conversation on knowledge, experience, and insights on curating and promoting maritime museums in two most important port cities in the world. The audience may also join the conversation in a Q&A session.


Registration fee: HKD 100


*Payment method details:

  1. Transfer: Please transfer the required amount to HSBC 652 158981 838, account name “Asia Week Hong Kong Ltd” and forward your payment advice to events@asiaweekhk.com

  2. Cheque: Please make your cheque payable to “Asia Week Hong Kong Limited” (with your name as filled out on form written at the back of cheque) and mail to Unit B, 3/F, Teda Building, 87 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.


Terms and Conditions:

  1. Only general admission tickets are available.

  2. Registration fees are non-refundable.

  3. Late-comers: The management of the venue where the event takes place reserves the right to refuse admission by any late-comers to the event. The management also reserves the right to determine the time at which and the manner in which late-comers are to be admitted.

  4. Asia Week Hong Kong Limited reserves the rights to make the final decision in case of any disputes.



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