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M.B. (Mariëlle) Ekkelenkamp MA

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

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  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
Postal address
  • Postbus 94551
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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  • Biography

    I am a PhD candidate and lecturer in the department of art history at the University of Amsterdam since September 2022. I am interested in the intersection between art, cultural and social history, specializing in the relation between gender, class, and patronage of art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe. I studied art history and philosophy at Leiden University and Utrecht University respectively and obtained a master’s degree in heritage studies (curating art and cultures) at the University of Amsterdam. During my studies, I worked as a curator-in-training at the Van Gogh Museum, curating an exhibition on artists’ portraits on paper and conducting research into female artists in German Expressionism. In 2021, I was employed as a research assistant for the project The Other Half. Women in the Dutch Artworld, 1780-1980 at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History under guidance of Mayken Jonkman. My current PhD-project – funded by the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies and supervised by dr Rachel Esner and dr Danielle van den Heuvel – sets out to study women’s patronage practices in arts associations between 1870-1940, specifically in the Rembrandt Association.

  • Lectures and Talks
    • Noblesse Oblige: Female Patrons of the Rembrandt Association, 1883-1940.” Annual congress, European Society of Nineteenth-Century Art, June 2023.
    • “Women’s Patronage Practices in Art Foundations in the Netherlands.” Seminar Gender & Work, International Institute for Social History, May 2023.
    • “The Other Half." Symposium Johanna en de rest, Drents Museum, May 2022.
    • “Female Art Critics and Writers in the Netherlands, 1875-1940.” Expert meeting, The Other Half. Women in the Dutch Artworld 1780-1980, June 2021.
    • “Bourdieu and The Field of Cultural Production.” Winter seminar, European Society of Nineteenth-Century Art, Jan 2020.
  • Teaching
    • Historische Dilemma's (BA History, 2023-2024)
    • Toegepaste Kunstgeschiedenis (BA Art History, 2023-2024)
    • Kunsttechnieken en Visuele Analyse (BA Art History, 2023-2024)
    • Guest lecture: Moderne Kunst als Emancipatie? Vrouwelijke Verzamelaars in de Nederlands Kunstwereld (BA Art History, 2021-2022)


  • Publications

    (Accepted) Ekkelenkamp, Mariëlle. “Edwina van Heek: Collecting for the Future.” In Collection Catalogue Huis Zonnebeek, edited by Jeroen Kapelle. Enschede: Foundation Edwina van Heek, 2024.

    ---. Exhibition Review of Goddesses of Art Nouveau, Allard Pierson, Amsterdam, June 5 - October 24, 2021. Oud Holland - Journal for Art of the Low Countries (Summer 2023).

    ---. “House in the Winter Sun by Gabriele Münter.” In Collection Catalogue Contemporaries, edited by Joost van der Hoeven. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, 2022.

    ---. “Positioning Gabriele Münter: The Role of Women in Der Blaue Reiter.” Desipientia 27, no. 1 (2020): 32-37.

    ---. Exhibition review of Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, National Portrait Gallery, London, October 17, 2019 - January 26, 2020. Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 19, no. 1 (Spring 2020). https://www.19thc-

  • Other activities


    • Leven in een stroomversnelling. Nederland in de roaring twenties - Museum Huis Doorn (co-curator) (January - July 2023) 
    • Artists' Portraits on Paper - Prints Cabinet, Van Gogh Museum (February - August 2020)

    Boards & Committees

    • Bulletin, Vereniging Nederlandse Kunsthistorici (March 2024 - present)
    • Education board, Onderzoeksschool Kunstgeschiedenis (OSK) (November 2023 - present)
    • PhD council, Onderzoeksschool Kunstgeschiedenis (OSK) (September 2023 - present)
    • Steering committee, The Other Half. Women in the Dutch Artworld 1780-1980 (June 2021 - present)
    • Tijdschrift Article, Utrecht University (January 2020 - May 2021)


  • Ancillary activities
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