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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


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