Wim Pijbes (Veendam, 1961) has been elected Alumnus of the Year 2013 of the University of Groningen. Pijbes has been general director of the Rijksmuseum since 2008. He studied Art History in Groningen, specializing in modern architecture. From 2000 until mid 2008, he was director of the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, where he began working as exhibition coordinator in 1996. He helped to initiate the children's art book series published by Uitgeverij Waanders, for which he wrote the volume entitled Het kleine schilderboek (The Little Painting Book).
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Grant for research into learning methods that make hands curious
He was one of the imprisoned German war criminals known as the ‘Breda Three’: Josef Kotalla. ‘The executioner of Amersfoort’ is the only German war criminal who would die during imprisonment in the Netherlands. Forty years after his death, he is still...
In the lecture series Treasures from the University Library, researchers using material from our Special Collections talk about their research, while the objects in question are also present.