Flemish curator Karen Van Godtsenhoven recently started work at the Costume Institute at New York’s prestigious Metropolitan Museum.
An expert on 20th and 21st century fashion, she previously worked as curator of Antwerp’s ModeMuseum from 2009, organising exhibitions such as “Happy Birthday Dear Academie” in 2014, which marked the 50th anniversary of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and in 2016 “Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th-Century Silhouette” and “Olivier Theyskens — She Walks in Beauty”.
In an interview on a Belgian news channel Van Godtsenhoven described her role working with director Andrew Bolton, highlighting the importance of setting the department in the wider context of the museum and drawing connections with different branches of art. She said the move was a difficult decision, balancing a job she already enjoyed with a great opportunity.
Situated on the east side of New York’s Central Park, the Met is one of the most important art museums in the world, receiving millions of visitors a year. The collection encompasses works from classical antiquity to the present day, including pieces by artists such as Titian, Vermeer, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. The museum and the Costume Institute in particular are known to the general public for the Met Gala, an annual event in May to raise funds for the institute. The gala brings together world famous actors, musicians and other celebrities, rivalling the Oscars in importance.
Van Godtsenhoven holds a B.A. in Germanic Philology from the Catholic University of Brussels, an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Manchester and Ghent University and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Antwerp. She has also carried out postgraduate work in gender studies.
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