Marrigje Rikken, Melanie Bühler, and Geert-Jan Davelaar.

Frans Hals Museum Announces Three New Staff Appointments

The Frans Hals Museum in the Netherlands has made three new staff appointments. As of October 1, Marrigje Rikken, who joined the institution as associate curator of old art in 2014, will take up the post of head of collections. She is currently working on “Frans Hals and the Moderns,” an exhibition opening in October 2018. Since 2015, she has also worked as a curator at the Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague, but she will step down from this post in October.

On September 1, freelance curator Melanie Bühler was named curator of contemporary art. She succeeds Xander Karskens, who is now artistic director of the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen, a municipality in the province of North Holland. Bühler’s most recent projects include the exhibition “Inflected Objects #2 Circulation - Mise en Séance,” which was staged in 2016 at De Hallen Haarlem, Frans Hal’s second location that houses the modern and contemporary art collection.

Geert-Jan Davelaar was appointed coordinator of education and public outreach in August. Until recently, he was head of education and public support at the Netherland’s Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen. At the Frans Hals Museum, he will work to expand its offerings of family-friendly programs and other educational initiatives.