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Museum News

Director Taeke Kuipers (60) will leave Hortus Botanicus in March 2018 for a position of a Manager of Donations at the VSB Fund in Utrecht. Kuipers has been in charge of the museum for almost eight years, making it the longest-serving director since the privatization of the garden in 1986.

The Supervisory Board of the Hortus Botanicus Foundation is currently preparing the recruitment of a new director.


Director Beatrix Ruf has decided to resign from her post as director of the Stedelijk Museum with immediate effect. Following speculations in the media over the past weeks that may have an impact on the Stedelijk’s reputation, Ruf feels that her resignation is in the best interests of the museum.

The current Stedelijk Management Team, in conjunction with an interim business director to be appointed shortly, will be tasked with the business aspects of Beatrix Ruf’s directorate.


As of September 2017, Lilia Iosilevich will act as interim manager of Amsterdam Museums (Stichting SAM). She was supporting the organisation as a marketing and production manager since summer 2016.

Lilia Iosilevich has worked for international arts and cultural organizations (including UN and EU projects) in the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, and the United States. She has a Master's degree in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.


From the 1st of November, Artis will have a new director.

Last Monday, Haig Balian has announced that he will be quitting his job as the zoo director. Balian will focus on the new Artis-Grand Museum, which is being renovated since April this year. He will be replaced by Rembrandt Sutorius, a former manager at the strategic consultancy agency McKinsey.


Björn Stenvers has been appointed as Executive Director of the ICOM Endowment Fund. Stenvers has been director of the Amsterdam Museums Foundation since 2013. He also set up several Museum Academies for museum staff trainings in Amsterdam, Rostov, Aruba, Altai and Moscow. 



Steph Scholten is appointed as a General Director of the prestigious Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery of Glasgow University, Scotland, one of Europe's leading university museums. Scholten will start in his new role on the 1st of August, 2017. on For more information, please, go to: Special Collections UvA website. 


As of May 2017, Diederik von Bönninghausen will act as a new director of Panorama Mesdag.  Diederik von Bönninghausen (47) has gained extensive experience as the Head Business Manager and Director of the Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam. Von Bönninghausen will succeed Sander Uitdenbogaard who joined the Mauritshuis in January 1 this year.


Today we have launched the 2017 edition of the Amsterdam Museum Maps. In a very handy format, the map provides descriptions to 48 Amsterdam museums, including contact information and opening times. Made especially for children, there is also a kids' version of the map.

On the photo: young museum visitors with Kajsa Ollongren, alderman Arts & Culture Amsterdam


Announcing: The Call for papers is now available for ICOM MPR 2017 conference in Amsterdam. The theme is "Museums and the City: Marketing and Beyond". Amsterdam Museums will be co-hosting the conference and we are looking forward to seeing you in October. You can find more info about the event at the ICOM MPR news page.


Today the Foundation of Amsterdam Museums has launched the second edition of the Amsterdam Museum Monitor. The publication gives an overview on the current state of affairs surrounding the Amsterdam museums and provides insights into opportunities for cooperation in the sector.


The Amsterdam Museum Academy and the Academy for Cultural management have signed a collaboaration agreement for 2017. The main goal of the collaboration is to advance the level of professional education in the museum sector.


Goglo Media, a Holland-based and China-oriented online marketing agency, will support the Amsterdam Museums staff on improving their services to better prepare for the Chinese visitors of the Amsterdam Museums. Support comprises trainings and advice to the 350 Front Office colleagues.


Quarterly board meeting of the directors of the Amsterdam Museums. Presentation of the first copy of the “ Directors Book 2016” to the youngest member, Denise de Boer, the director of the Frans Hals Museum.