Press release Rijksmuseum 8 February 2021
It is with great pleasure to announce that I will be joining the Rijksmuseum as their new Curator of Library Collections, starting 20 September 2021.
Press release: The Rijksmuseum Research Library is one of the museum’s four collection departments, alongside the Fine Arts, History and Print Room departments. It is one of the world’s most important art libraries. From its home in the grand Cuypers Library building, the Rijksmuseum Research Library has since 1885 been continuously expanding its collection of publications that are closely or loosely connected to the collections and the activities of the museum. The core collection of the library is itself worthy of its own museum. The entire collection comprises approximately 450,000 volumes.
Alex Alsemgeest succeeds Geert-Jan Koot, who is retiring after 33 years at the museum. In the coming months, Alsemgeest will be working part-time with Geert-Jan Koot and graphic designer Irma Boom on a publication on the books of the Rijksmuseum. Alsemgeest will remain connected with Trinity College Library until August 2021, as the leader of a joint project with the KB.
Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum: We are delighted that Alex Alsemgeest is joining the museum and will be active in the further expansion of the Rijksmuseum Research Library collection. Alex, with his international experience and extensive network in the field of art history, is an important addition to the curatorial team.
Full press release of the Rijksmuseum here.