Information on the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center
The Jheronimus Bosch Art Center opened its doors in March 2007 and hosts replicas of all of the master’s works. The Jheronimus Bosch Art Center is situated in a stylish complex: compromising a former church and its annexes. The unique collection not only challenges you to look at Bosch’s art, but also to think about his intentions. Alongside enjoying the collection, the center also offers visitors the option of relaxing during screenings of the film or actively taking part in the activities in the Medieval painter’s studio. The view of the town from the 40 metre tower adds another dimension to the experience as it was such a determining factor in Jheronimus Bosch's life.
The Jheronimus Bosch Art Center not only has a tourist function: it is also a center that focuses on knowledge transfer. Its core tasks include bundling information, facilitating research and the dissemination of knowledge among as wide an audience as possible. The center is THE place where knowledge on Bosch comes together for anyone from schoolchildren to professors.
The Jheronimus Bosch Art Center also owns a unique collection of literature on Jheronimus Bosch. Nowhere else in the world has so much material on Bosch been amassed as in the center's library. The collection consists of books, (digital) articles, magazines, newspaper cuttings, CD-ROMs and DVDs. If you would like to get in contact with the Jheronimus Bosch Library, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jheronimus Bosch 500
In 2016, the city of ’s Hertogenbosch and its people will commemorate the fact that Jheronimus Bosch (approx. 1450 – 1516) died there five hundred years ago. Here - in the rich culture and the vivacious daily life of the city of his birth - the leading Dutch painter from the Middle Ages found inspiration for his world-famous works full of freaky creatures, extraterrestrial nightmares and surrealistic carnal dreams. Jheronimus Bosch is one of the most influential Dutch painters ever, his world-famous visions proved to be timeless and boundless.
From 2010 up to and including 2016, the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation will annually present a cultural programme of colourful artistic, social-cultural and scientific activities, by as well as for connoisseurs and art lovers, scientists and admirers, citizens of and visitors to ’s Hertogenbosch.
The event Jheronimus Bosch 500 is set up as a triptych:
Vision of the City focuses on the citizens of ’s Hertogenbosch: events are organised for and with them;
In Vision of the Fantasy creators in art forms from all over the world take example from Bosch's characteristic imagery.;
Vision of the Mind aims at the development and dissemination of scientific and other knowledge and insights.
In all cases, Jheronimus Bosch’s work is the inexhaustible source of inspiration. And ’s Hertogenbosch is the inspiring epicentre.
Vision of the Mind aims at increasing the knowledge and insight regarding the works of Jheronimus Bosch and to disseminate information among an interested audience and the world of - art-historic - science. The Bosch Research and Conservation Project, an international study into the complete works of Bosch, is an important component of Vision of the Mind. The SNS REAAL Fund Teaching Commitment Jheronimus Bosch and the exposition Bosch Visions 2016 are the other elements of Vision of the Mind.
BOSCH RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROJECT (BRCP)
In the summer of 2016, on 8th August to be precise, it will be 500 years since a mass was held in the chapel of the Brotherhood of Our Lady in St. John's cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch 'ter lester exequi van Jeronimus van Aken' (for the funeral of Jheronimus van Aken). Jheronimus Bosch must have died, probably from the plague, in the first week of August 1516.
Bosch's artistic heritage consists of about 45 objects (paintings and drawings) and today, preserved and administered, cherished and guarded, it is spread across two continents, ten countries, sixteen cities and eighteen collections. Leading up to 2016, when the 500th anniversary of the painter's death will be commemorated by an exhibition in the Noordbrabants Museum in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Bosch Research & Conservation Project (BRCP) is studying this heritage anew with the use of modern methods.
In recent decades the historical context and anthropological and iconological approaches have played the major roles in the research into Bosch. The search for the symbolism in Jheronimus Bosch's paintings and the meaning of this symbolism continues undiminished. In addition technological material research has taken off. In connection with Bosch, this type of research began during the preparations for the 1967 exhibition in 's-Hertogenbosch. In the forty years or more since then technology has made enormous strides. Now there is the chance to use this technology and to return to the original source: the paintings and drawings themselves. The material aspect of the object is central to the BRCP research, and following on from this the technical data will be translated into an historical narrative and an exhibition for a wide public, whereby our view of Bosch will be clarified by the contribution of artistic knowledge.
In a major undertaking, in collaboration with the owners of Bosch's works, the painter's work will be photographed using advanced technology (macro day light photography, macro infrared photography, (macro) infrared reflectography) and analyzed in a standardized way. In collaboration with the museums concerned past research results will be brought together and digitalized via a website and a Bosch-database. The combination of new and existing data, which for the first time will be available for comparison on a large scale, will put us in a position to re-evaluate the work of Bosch, and to do so with greater authority. The collection and exchange of knowledge by means of a network of Bosch museums and scholars will mean a better view of Bosch for everyone.
The BRCP is an initiative of the Foundation Jheronimus Bosch 500, the Noordbrabants Museum and the Radboud University Nijmegen, in collaboration with Queen’s University (Kingston), Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) and the University of Arizona (Tucson).
The BRCP translates a national initiative into an international network of participants, making research at a high level possible and creating a synergy from which all parties can profit. The museums holding works of Bosch gain access to documentation, knowledge and experience of Bosch's whole oeuvre. The aim of the BRCP is, by the collective endeavor of researchers, curators and conservators, to gain a greater understanding of Bosch's work as a whole. The commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Bosch's death in 2016 is the impetus for undertaking the Bosch Research & Conservation Project in the years leading up to this event.
The research team of the BRCP consists of the following persons:
Robert G. Erdmann (University of Arizona, digital infrastructure)
Luuk Hoogstede (SRAL, conservator)
Matthijs Ilsink (Radboud University and Noordbrabants Museum, coordinator)
Rik Klein Gotink (photographer)
Jos Koldeweij (Radboud University, chair)
Ron Spronk, (Radboud University and Queen’s University, technical art historian)