23 December 2021 / Amsterdam

Effective 1 March 2022 the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has appointed Charles Kang as curator of 18th- and 19th-century drawings. Kang (41) is an American art historian, who studied at the University of Chicago (BA), Williams College, Mass. (MA) and most recently Columbia University, where he received his PhD. He previously held fellowships at the Frick Collection and Columbia University in New York, the Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Museum of Art in Wlliamstown (Mass.), the Bibliotheca Hertziana–Max Planck Institute in Rome and the Cleveland Museum of Art / Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). His areas of interest include the intersections between drawing, natural history and early ethnography, the role of drawing in ornament and three-dimensional object design, as well as the links between drawing practice and gender inequality in artistic training.

Kang succeeds Robert-Jan te Rijdt, who retired earlier this month after 31 years of service, not only from the Rijksmuseum but also from the editorial board of Delineavit et Sculpsit. Unlike his predecessor, Kang does not specialize in Netherlandish drawings. 

See the museum’s press release.