CODART is an international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art based in the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) and founded in 1998. The organisation recently launched a refreshed version of its long-established and award-winning website, which offers extensive information for experts and enthusiasts around the world.
CODART connects over 600 curators from more than 300 museums in almost 50 countries, with the aim of making this widespread cultural heritage more visible and accessible to an international public. Members work for institutions such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as less well-known museums in Australia, Cuba, Mexico, Poland and Ukraine, fostering international cooperation over exhibitions, research and publications, with an annual congress in addition to its website and eZine.
The website has been in place for over a decade and is the main port of call on the internet for everything to do with Dutch and Flemish art in museums, presenting detailed information and news alongside beautiful images of the works of art and the institutions which house them. It also lists references to sources elsewhere on the internet, such as museum websites, universities, and research institutions, links to online publications, bibliographies, or the addresses of individuals and institutions to assist with research. The renewal includes smart search functions and digital maps, while preserving the existing look of the website; it was launched in the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem on 2nd December 2016.