Conference on Thursday 13 December 2018

The Material Reception of Antiquity is a joint conference of the National Museum of Antiquities, the Material Agency Forum, and the Byvanck Chair for the History of Classical Art.


The 2018 conference on the Material Reception of Antiquity was part of the celebrations for the museum’s 200th anniversary. In addition, it marked the fifth anniversary of the Material Agency Forum. Conference-goers were invited to reflect on the material reception of antiquity by using a case study based on a specific object or class of objects as a point of departure to discuss the reception of objects over time.

  • It is not necessary to register in advance
  • The conference will take place in the Leemanszaal of the National Museum of Antiquities

Programme Thursday 13 December 2018

  • 10.00: Arrival
  • 10.10: Brief introduction by the organizers
  • 10.15-11.00: Keynote: Peter Miller (Bard Graduate Centre New York)
    The New History of Antiquarianism and What it Offers
  • 11.00-11.40: Cecilia Griener-Hurley (Ecole du Louvre/Université de Neuchâtel)
    Pale imitations and corrected copies
  • 11.40-11.55: Coffee & Tea
  • 11.55-12.35: Pascal Griener (Université de Neuchâtel)
    A dream turned to stone. Michelangelo and the antique ‘Cupid’ purchased for the Victoria and Albert Museum (1861)
  • 12.35-13.15: Isabelle Kalinowski (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)
    Catapetasmata. Gottfried Semper and antique drapery
  • 13.15-14.15: Lunch
  • 14.15-14.55: Astrid van Oyen (Cornell University)
    The transient reception of wattle and daub
  • 14.55-15.35: Laura Van Broekhoven (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford)
    Legacies and futures at the Pitt Rivers Museum
  • 15.35-15.50: Coffee & Tea
  • 15.50-16.30: Jos Platenkamp (University of Münster)
    “Damit es in guten Händen kommt“ On the interface between gifts and commodities
  • 16.30-17.00: General discussion and concluding remarks by the organizers

Adolf Menzels Blick ins Atelier, 1872, Berlin