Manfred Sellink

Function: 
General Director
Institution: 
Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
Post: 
Lange Kievitstraat 111-113 bus 100, B-2018 Antwerp
Telephone: 
0032 50 448711
Fax: 

Education: 

Master‘s Degree earned:

  • Art History, University of Utrecht

Thesis: Jan van Scorels ‘De Scholier' in context van het Noord-Nederlands Humanisme

Doctoral Degree earned:

  • Doctor of Art History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dissertation: Philips Galle (1537-1612), engraver and print publisher in Haarlem and Antwerp

Field of Research: 

  • Life and work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  • Print and drawings in the Low Countries in the second half of the 16th Century
  • Dutch engravers and printers in European context in the second half of the 16th Century
  • Landscape in the 16th Century in the Low Countries
  • The (collection-)history of musea and exhibitions
  • Contemporary graphic and drawing arts

Publications: 

  • Manfred Sellink, Exh. cat. Cornelis Cort: constich plaet-snijder van Horne in Hollandt, (Rotterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen) 1994.
  • Manfred Sellink and Jan Konst, De Grote Schouwburg: kunstenaarsbiografieen van Arnold Houbraken, Amsterdam 1995.
  • Manfred Sellink and Anita Hopmans, 'Dr. J.C.J. Bierens de Haan, 1867-1951', 'Dr. A.J. Domela Nieuwenhuis, 1850 1935' in J.R. ter Molen et al., 150 jaar Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; een reeks beeldbepalende verzamelaars, Rotterdam 1999, pp. 196-231 and 254-285.
  • Manfred Sellink, Cornelis Cort (The New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700), 3 parts, Rotterdam, 2000.
  • Manfred Sellink, Philips Galle (The New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700), 4 parts, Rotterdam, 2001.
  • Manfred Sellink and Nadine Orenstein, Exh. Cat. Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Drawings and Prints, (Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) 2001.
  • Manfred Sellink, Pieter Bruegel de Oude, Meestertekenaar, Rotterdam 2001.
  • Manfred Sellink, Bruegel; the complete paintings, drawings and prints, Ghent 2007, editions in English and French, Ghent 2011 Dutch edition.
  • Robert Hoozee, Paul Huvenne and Manfred Sellink, ‘Elk museum heeft zijn biografie; kunstcollecties zijn meer dan een optelsom', in Paul Depondt et al, Met nieuwsgierige blik; collectievorming en aankoopbeleid in Vlaanderen, Brussels 2010, pp. 19-37.
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Sylvia Ferino, Gerlinde Gruber and Manfred Sellink, Exh. Cat. Imperial Treasures, Van Eyck - Gossaert - Bruegel, Masterpieces from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, (Bruges, Groeninge Museum), 2011-12.
  • Manfred Sellink and Alessandro Baroni Vannuci, Stradanus (1523-1605), court artist of the Medici, Turnhout 2011 (in print).
  • Manfred Sellink and Pilar Silva Maroto, The Rediscovery of Pieter the Bruegel the Elder's Wine of Saint Martin's Day, acquired for the Museo Nacional del Prado, The Burlington Magazine, december 2011 (in print).
  • Manfred Sellink, Exh. Cat. Bruegel in Antwerpen, (Antwerp, Museum Mayer van den Bergh) 2012.

Projects: Exhibitions: 

  • Pieter Bruegel, 1998-2001, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (curator and chairman of the scientific committee)
  • De eeuw van Van Eyck, 2001-02, Groeninge Museum, Bruges Cultural Capital (scientific committee)
  • Stradanus, Brugs hofschilder bij de Medici, 2006-2008, Groeninge Museum Bruges (chairman of the scientific committee)
  • Van Eyck to Durer, 2008-2010, Groeninge Museum, City Festival Bruges Central (scientific committee)
  • Bruegel in Antwerp, 2010-2012, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp (curator and chairman of the scientific committee)
  • Gruuthuse Manuscript, 2009-13, Bruggemuseum/Royal Library of The Hague, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (scientific committee)
  • Hieronymus Cock als uitgever, 2010-2013 Royal Library of Brussels, KU Leuven, M Leuven en Fondation Custodia, Paris (scientific committee)
  • De Meester van de Kleine Landschappen 2011-2014, Groeninge Museum, Bruges and Suermondt Ludwig Museum (curator and chairman of the scientific committee)

Readings: 

Many readings especially at Dutch and Flemish universities, the Research School for Art History, various musea worldwide and network organisations such as CODART, foundations and facilitating organisations such as FARO. Speaker at various specialised scientific conferences.

Relevant memberships/workgroups: 

  • International Council for Curators of Dutch and Flemish Art (CODART)
  • Research School for Art History (Partnership postdoctoral research at all Dutch universities)
  • Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA)
  • Contactgroep Vroege Nederlandse Kunst
  • Advisory Board programming Palais du Luxembourg, Paris