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Dutch art periodicals today

  • Victor Schmidt (a1)


A survey of current Dutch periodicals, devoted to the visual arts (including architecture) or of related interest. A noteworthy feature of art literature in the Netherlands is the contribution made to it by student journals. The quantity and variety of Dutch art periodicals has increased in recent years, enriching art literature but posing problems regarding its bibliographical control.



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1. A very extensive survey of Dutch art periodicals has been published by the Boekmanstichting: Huizinga, Nienke and Overduin, Johan Kunsttijdschriften in Nederland: inventarisatie, Amsterdam 1983. This also includes periodicals in the fields of literature, theatre, music, film, and cultural policy.
2. Editorial in Simiolus vol.9 1980, p.5.
3.Simiolus in English’, Simiolus vol.4 1970-1971, p.65.
4. For the history of Oud Holland and Simiolus, and a comparison between the two, see also Dolders, A., ‘Tijdschriften: Oud Holland en Similous’, Metropolis M vol.1 no.2 December 1979, p.3748.
5. Blankert, Albert, ‘Introduction’, Hoogsteder-Naumann Mercury 1 (1985), p.56.
6. For a discussion of the first volume, see Dolders, Arno, ‘Tijdschriften: Antiek, Tableau en een beetje Kunstbeeld’, Metropolis M vol.1 no.5 April 1980 especially p.2122.
7. Openbaar Kunstbezit originally (from 1957, that is) was a loose-leaf system with texts and reproductions of works of art which were discussed during broadcasts on radio and/or TV. During the late 1970s this connection with radio and TV disappeared, and the loose-leaf system was gradually replaced by the ‘kunstschriften’, separate periodical issues. Since 1980 the name Kunstschrift has appeared on the cover; see Dolders, Arno, ‘Tijdschriften: Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum, Muse-umjournaal, Openbaar Kunstbezit’, Metropolis M vol.1 no.4 (Mar. 1980), espec. p.3335. In recent years the activities of the foundation Openbaar Kunstbezit have been expanded: it publishes now a number of other periodicals – with independent editorial boards though –, including Forum, Items, and Metropolis M.
8. See also Dolders, op. cit. (note 7) p.2729.
9. For the history of the society up till ca. 1960, see Heijbroek, J.F., ‘De Vereniging Rembrandt en het Rijksmuseum’, Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum vol.31 1983, p. 153194.
10. For a discussion of the first students’ journals, see Dolders, Arno, ‘Tijdschriften: Akt, de heilstaat, kunstWERK en Metropolis M’, Metropolis M vol.2 no.1 October 1980, p.3742.
11. For the history of this journal, see Dolders, , op. cit. (note 7), especially p.3032.
12. A separate agenda (Tentoonstellingsagenda) is published by the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) every three weeks. From 1987 onwards it will be taken care of by Openbaar Kunstbezit.
13.At the birth of a new magazine: editorial’, Jong Holland, introductory number November 1984, p.34.
14. It might be useful to say a word about the form of these publications. The publications of the Stichting Aide Fryske Tsjerken and the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken originally were not real bulletins with a cover, but serial loose-leaf publications that are supposed to be preserved in a special ring-binder. The publication of the Stichting Oude Gelderse Kerken still takes that form. The original publication of the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken has been followed up by a quarterly bulletin, Groninger Kerken, since 1984.
15. See also Dolders, , op. cit. (note 6), especially pp. 1921.
16. As I said above, short reports of archaeological finds can also be found in the pertinent sections of the Bulletin KNOB. The various regional historical periodicals contain sometimes comparable reports too.
17. The other three historical journals are – the names speak for themselves – Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis [Journal of history], Theoretische geschiedenis [Theoretical history], and Tijdschrift voor sociale geschiedenis [Journal of social history].
18. The first ten issues (1968-1971) have been reprinted by HES Publishers: Documentatieblad Werkgroep 18e Eeuw 1-10, Utrecht 1975 (Utrechtse herdrukken, 7).
19. For the Iconografisch Bureau, see also the contribution by Ineke van Hamersveld in this issue.
20. For the history of the journal and publishing house, see Kluncker, K. (ed.), Castrum Peregrini: een uitgeverij in het teken van Stefan George. Brussels: Koninklijke Bibliotheek Albert I, 1979.
21. See my note ‘Dutch art bibliographies’, Art Libraries Journal vol. 11 no.1 1986, p.30, and the article by Jochen Becker in this issue.
22. See also the very detailed comparison, with special reference to the coverage of Dutch and Belgian periodicals, of the Répertoire and RILA by Hessel Miedema in Simiolus vol.14 1985, p.6164. It should be noted that at the time when this review came out, the Dutch journal list of RILA was already expanded.

Dutch art periodicals today

  • Victor Schmidt (a1)


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