Art Historian Caterina Verdickt graduated magna cum laude from KU Leuven. Her master thesis ‘Belgische kunstenaars in Groot-Brittannië tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog. 1914-1918’ examined Belgian artists in exile. In 2002 she was co-curator of the international exhibition ‘Art in Exile. Flanders, Wales and the Great War’ with Robert Hoozee and Oliver Fairclough, which had venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The exhibition was shortlisted for the 2002 W.B. Berger prize, with particular reference that ‘this approach ... may well be the model for advancing the study of British art in the next twenty years’. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41614429
Verdickt stood at the foundation of the Vlaamsekunstcollectie, for which she was the first liaison-officer. Currently she teaches the history of interior design at the University of Antwerp where she is finalizing her PhD entitled ‘The Realm of Silence. Consequences of the Belgian artistic migration towards Great Britain during the Great War on post war Belgian interior design’. She has lectured widely on the Belgian Artistic Exile Community during the Great War, most recently at the University of Cardiff, the University of Aberystwyth and the University of Stirling in Scotland. In 2014 was invited as keynote speaker at the 2014 ‘International Arts Festival - War’, and her research has been published in The British Art Journal. In 2015 she was invited by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp to present the results of her research project.
Member Scientific Committee KMKB in 2016, - 'Before and after ? Continuity or rupture ? Belgian Art around World War I', https://www.fine-arts-museum.be/en/news/call-for-paper-before-and-after-continui
Member Scientific Committee AMSAB in 2016 - see http://tour.belgianrefugees14-18.be/nl/colofon
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