Sjoukje van der Laan
Sjoukje van der Laan has been with the Art Gallery of Ontario since 2016 as the Assistant Conservator, Contemporary Art. She holds a Master’s degree and a Professional Doctorate (PD. Res.) in Modern & Contemporary Art Conservation from the University of Amsterdam, and a Bachelor degree in Art History from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Previously, she worked in the conservation studios of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Stedelijk Museum Aktuele Kunst (S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium) , and for the modern and contemporary art collection of the Dutch government. Prior to coming to Canada, she had a private conservation studio in The Netherlands, specialized in contemporary art conservation. Her specialization gives her a strong familiarity with the conservation of a wide variety of modern (synthetic) materials, kinetic art, electronic art and complex contemporary art installations.