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Till-Holger Borchert

Musea Brugge
Dijver 12 8000 Bruges
0032 50 448701
0032 50 448728


Master's Degrees earned:

  • Art History, Musicology and Germanic Studies, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn

Thesis: Studien zum Frühwerk von Hans Memling (Studies on the early work of Hans Memling)

  • Art History, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Field of Research: 

  • Art of the Northern Renaissance
  • Art in the Low Countries: 14th through and including the 16th Century (Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling)
  • Burgundian and European court culture
  • Cultural exchange
  • Graphic Art
  • History of Art History
  • History of collections


  • Till-Holger Borchert, Van Eyck, catalogue raisonnée, Taschen XXL-series. (not published yet)
  • Till-Holger Borchert (ed.), Wim Blockmans en Johan Ostermans,Symposium Bourgondische hofcultuur (Bruges May 2009). (in preparation)
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Exh. Cat. Van van Eyck tot Dürer. De Vlaamse primitieven en Centraal-Europa, 1420-1530 (Bruges, Groeninge Museum), Lannoo, Belser, Thames & Hudson, 2010
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Exh. Cat. Jan van Eyck: Grisaillas (Madrid, Museo Thyssen Bornemisza), 2009
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Jan van Eyck, Taschen, Basic Art-Series, 2008. (English, German and French editions)
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Susan Marti, Gabriele Keck, Tent. Cat. Karel De Stoute: Pracht en Praal aan het Bourgondische hof (Bern, Historisches Museum; Bruges, Groeninge Museum; Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum), Mercatorfonds Brussels, 2008.
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Exh. Cat. De portretten van Memling, (Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza; Bruges, Groeninge Museum; New York, The Frick Collection), Dutch edition, Ghent/Amsterdam, Spanish edition Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, French edition, Ludion/Flammarion, Paris; English edition, Thames & Hudson, London/ New York; German edition, Belser, Stuttgart, 2005.
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Dorine Cardyn-Oomen en Bruno Fornari, Exh. cat. Ensor tot Bosch. Naar een vlaamsekunstcollectie / Ensor �  Bosch. Les prémices de la vlaamsekunstcollectie, Mercatorfonds, Brussels, 2005.
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Hélène Verougstraete en Roger VanSchoute, Exh. cat. Fake or not Fake. Het verhaal van de restauratie van deVlaamse Primitieven / Restaurateurs ou fouassaires desPrimitifs Flamands, Ludion Ghent/Amsterdam, 2004.
  • Till-Holger Borchert, Exh. cat. De eeuw van van Eyck, (Bruges, Groeninge Museum), Dutch edition, Ludion, Ghent / Amsterdam; French edition, Flammarion,Paris; English edition Thames & Hudson; London / New York; German edition Belser, Stuttgart.

Projects: Exhibitions: 

Projects/exhibitions curated outside of Bruges:

  • Hans Memling and Italy, 2014, Musei Capitolini, Rome (Guest curator).
  • Jan van Eyck, Grisaillas, 2009/10, Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid.
  • Charles the Bold, 2007/09, Groeninge Museum, Bruges; Historisches Museum, Bern; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. (Scientific committee and co-curator).
  • The Forbidden Empire, 2007, BOZAR, Brussels; Palace Museum Bejijng (Scientific committee).
  • Antonello da Messina. Scuderia del Quirinale, 2005-06, Rome (Scientific committee).
  • Ensor to Bosch: towards a Flemish Art Collection, 2006, BOZAR, Brussels (guest curator).
  • Art from the Court of Burgundy. The Patronage of Philip the Bold and John the Fearless, 2003/04, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon; The Cleveland Museum of Art (scientific collaboration).
  • Getty Collaborative Grant: Early Netherlandish Diptychs, 2002/03, Royal Museum of Fine arts, Antwerp; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US (Scientific committee).
  • Tilmann Riemenschneider, 1999/2000, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (scientific collaboration).
  • Bruges and the Renaissance. Memling to Pourbus, 1998, Memling in Saint Jan's Hospital Museum, Bruges, (Scientific committee).


Various lectures in museums and universities in Europe and the US, regularly lecturing during specialized symposia and conferences on Northern Renaissance culture. Lecturer at the University of Aachen (until 2004). Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis (Tennessee) in 2007/2008.

Relevant memberships/workgroups: 

  • Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA)
  • International Council for Curators of Dutch and Flemish Art (CODART)
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM)
  • Ulmer Verein für Kunstwissenschaft
  • Chairman of the Raad van het behoud van het roerend cultureel erfgoed in Vlaanderen (Topstukkenraad)
  • Member of the scientific committee of the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives (KIK)
  • Advisory Board Conservation Treatment Ghent Altarpiece
  • Associated Foreign Correspondent of the Royal Academy of Archaeology of Belgium
  • Advisory Board Culturespaces for the programmation of the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris
  • Member of the Vetting committee of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)
  • Contactgroep Vroege Nederlandse Kunst
  • Arbeitkreis Niederländische Kunst und Kultur, ANKK

Online publications by Till-Holger Borchert