Stijn Huijts, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, participates in The Global Museum Leaders Colloquium (GMLC), an invitational program hosted by the Office of the Director at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from April 7 through 18, 2014. It provides a unique opportunity for museum leaders from around the world to come together for a sustained exchange of ideas and expertise.
Twelve to fifteen museum leaders are invited each year to participate in the GMLC, primarily from regions in which museums are gaining in number. The participants spend twelve days based at the Metropolitan, taking part in an intensive program of meetings and dialogues about museum management and strategy with the Metropolitan’s senior specialists and administrators.
The GMLC aims to provide a 360-degree view of current museum practices, using the Metropolitan’s experts and operations as a springboard for discussion. A significant portion of the schedule is reserved for open dialogue among the invited directors, who present case studies on their institutions and meet in small group workshops to explore timely issues confronting museums worldwide.
The GMLC is a laboratory for developing new, practical approaches to common challenges in museum leadership. By providing a forum for open exchange, it fosters collaboration among the participating institutions and countries, giving rise to an influential network of directors who are connected to the Metropolitan and to each other as alumni of the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium.
Please note that the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium is not a public program and is by invitation only.
Stijn Huijts is chief executive officer and director of the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the collections of which encompass both old masters and contemporary art. Prior to joining the museum in 2011, he served as founding director of SCHUNCK, a multidisciplinary museum of contemporary art, music, dance, and literature, as director of the Stedelijk Museum Het Domein in Sittard, and as a government official for arts and culture in the city of Sittard. He has organized numerous exhibitions and collaborative projects with artists, including the Dutch Pavilion at the 26th São Paulo Biennial. A current advisor to the Mondriaan Fund, he has served on the board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, the Visual Arts and Design Committee of the Dutch Arts Council, and the advisory board of the Dutch National Heritage Board. A frequent lecturer at international postgraduate research institutes and a member of the International Association of Art Critics and ICOM, Mr. Huijts holds an MA in cultural studies from the University of Amsterdam.