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Newsletter December 2022

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Jubilee SCI: Lecture KOG Rijksmuseum 19-12-2022

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of SCI, a lecture will be organized on Monday evening, December 19th, 2022 at the Royal Antiquarian Society (KOG) in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The lecture will be held in Dutch.

The lecture will include contributions from:

  • Drs. Christiaan Vogelaar, board member of SCI and former curator of the old art department of Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden about the role of collectors and museums.
  • Bernard Vermet, art historian associated with SCI, about the image of the church interior of St. Bavo in Haarlem, painted on an inner door in the Tsar Peter house in St. Petersburg.
  • Lia Gorter, director of SCI, who explains the activities of the past 25 years on the basis of 25 paintings from 25 museums from India, Cuba, Serbia, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. These examples are included in the book ‘Disclosing Dutch and Flemish Paintings Abroad’ to be published on the occasion of the 25th anniversary.


Interested parties are cordially invited to attend the meeting.
You can register with us to receive an invitation for this. Only with this invitation can one attend the lecture.

Request invitation via email:

Monday 19-12-2022

20.00, doors open at 19.30

KOG, Auditorium Rijksmuseum

Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam


Newsletter September 2022

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Touria Melani and Lia Gorter
Photo: Janiek Dam

Festive anniversary SCI:

Important award for Lia Gorter


On Sunday, August 28th, 2022, SCI celebrated its 25th anniversary with a festive gathering in the Hermitage at the Amstel. A varied program with various speakers and presentations:

  • Art historian Bernard Vermet talked about his research on the depiction of a Dutch church interior on a door of the Tsar Peter House in St. Petersburg.
  • Publicist and art historian Gary Schwartz reported on the founding and early years of CODART in which the director and founder of SCI, Lia Gorter, was closely involved.
  • Klaas Jan van den Berg – professor of Conservation and Restoration at the UvA – presented the first two of six English brochures for restorers and conservators: ‘Dirt and Dirt Removal and Varnish Removal’. An initiative of SCI that is now being realised in collaboration with the National Office for Cultural Heritage (RCE) and the SRAL, the Conservation Institute in Maastricht.
  • Lia Gorter gave a presentation about the activities of SCI over the past 25 years and informed the guests about the English book that will be published in December 2022, in honour of SCI’s anniversary: ​​’Disclosing Dutch and Flemish Paintings Abroad, 25 years of research, digitizing and conservation ‘.


At the end of the afternoon, deputy mayor and alderman of Art & Culture, Touria Meliani, presented the Frans Bannick Cocq Penning to Lia Gorter on behalf of the Amsterdam Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Lia Gorter received this award for her committed service to SCI.


See also the message on the website of CODART:

Lia Gorter Receives a Medal from the City of Amsterdam on the Occasion of SCI’s 25th Anniversary


Newsletter February 2022

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The Foundation for Cultural Inventory is shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as are many colleagues in Russia.

They have issued a statement expressing their disgust at the war and demanding to end the war.

You can sign this petition:


Artists and cultural workers across Russia sign an open anti-war letter.

We, artists, curators, architects, critics, art historians, art managers – representatives of culture and art of the Russian Federation – initiated and sign this open letter, which we consider insufficient, but necessary action on the path to peace between Russia and Ukraine.

On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation launched a sudden, aggressive, and open military offensive throughout Ukraine. The reason for it was declared “protection of the inhabitants of the DPR and LPR”, while military operations are carried out throughout Ukraine and in its large cities: Kyiv, Lvov, Kharkov, Odessa, and others. Among the residents of these cities are many our relatives, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. We demand that this war with Ukraine, a sovereign and independent state, which has been going on since 2014, be stopped and that negotiations be started with it on a respectful and equal footing.

The war in Ukraine is a terrible tragedy for both Ukrainians and Russians. It entails huge human losses, jeopardizes the economy and security, and will lead our country to complete international isolation. At the same time, it is absolutely meaningless – any enforcement of peace through violence is absurd. The pretext under which the deployment of the “special operation” took place was entirely constructed by representatives of the Russian authorities, and we oppose this war being waged on our behalf.

Now, first, we are concerned about the fate of Ukrainians, their lives and safety!

However, on behalf of the professional community, it is also important for us to say that the further escalation of the war will result in irreparable consequences for workers in the arts and culture. This will take away our last opportunities to fully work, speak out, create projects, popularise, and develop culture, and take away the future. Everything that has been done culturally over the past 30 years is now at risk: all international ties will be severed, cultural private or state institutions will be mothballed, partnerships with other countries will be suspended. All this will destroy the already fragile economy of Russian culture and significantly reduce its significance both for Russian society and for the international community. It will be almost impossible to engage in culture and art in such conditions.

We, artists, curators, architects, critics, art critics, art managers – representatives of the culture and art of the Russian Federation – express our absolute solidarity with the people of Ukraine and say resolutely “NO TO WAR!”. We demand an immediate stop to all hostilities, the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine and the holding of peace talks.

You can sign the open letter using the link via Google Forms. Please do not sign the letter several times, the form is working properly. The full list of signatories will be updated here.Подписать открытое письмо вы можете по ссылке через гугл-формы. Пожалуйста, не подписывайте письмо несколько раз, форма работает исправно. Полный список подписавших будет дополняться здесь.

A general petition against the war in Ukraine is signed more than a million times:остановить-войну-с-украиной-2ce0a2d7-b957-4e23-981a-c67a26e2b0b7

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