Manfred Sellink

photo by Marcel Lennartz

Manfred Sellink (*1962) studied history and art history at the University of Utrecht where he was appointed as lecturer and researcher specializing in Dutch art in the 16th century and particularly Antwerp printmaking in 1988, he earned his Ph.D. on Antwerp printmaking in 1997. From 1991 he was senior curator of prints and drawings in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and started as director of Musea Brugge – the municipal museums and cultural heritage organisations of Bruges in 2001. He was appointed general director of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) in November 2014. Since 2012 he is also professor of Museology and Arts Policy at the Department of Arts at Ghent University.
Manfred Sellink has curated and organised numerous exhibitions, among them the main exhibitions for the European Capitals of Culture Rotterdam 2001, Bruges 2002 and Mons 2015. In 2005 and 2010 he was artistic director of the international arts festivals organised by the city of Bruges.
Manfred Sellink is also an active (board) member of culture and museum organisations and museums such as Codart, the Vlaamse Kunstcollectie and Mauritshuis. Since 2001 he has been member and/or chairman of several committees advising the Flemish and Netherlandish ministers of culture on museums, cultural heritage, cultural tourism and arts policy.