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National Gallery of Canada | The Legacy of Slavery & Contemporary Museum Practice

June 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Three scholars from the Netherlands discuss the legacy of the Dutch role in trans-Atlantic slavery and the significance of enacting socially and culturally inclusive strategies in museums for today and for the future.

Drop by on the NGC’s YouTube channel as of June 16 at 1 pm EDT to watch the recording of the lecture.

This event will feature three presentations:

1. Race and slavery in the Dutch World
How did racialized understandings of human difference develop in the early modern Dutch republic, and how are these developments related to the history of slavery in the Atlantic world? This lecture will trace the history of racialization and the Dutch role in trans-Atlantic slavery, its abolition and afterlives.

2. Rembrandt and Slavery
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam is best known for its collection of 17th century paintings, of which Rembrandts’ Night Watch is the most famous. Now, for the first time in its history, the Rijksmuseum is organizing an exhibition on slavery. How do we connect this theme to the collection? What did we learn through working on this exhibition?

3. Museums See Colour: Who is afraid of being vulnerable, self-critical and curious?
As cultural institutions across the Netherlands endeavour to be more inclusive and address their colonialist past, ‘Musea bekennen kleur’ (Museums See Colour) is a new network of major and small Dutch museums that aims to anchor diversity and inclusion in the museum and heritage sector in a sustainable manner.


June 16, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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National Gallery of Canada
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