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The Black is Beautiful exhibit at Amsterdam’s De Nieuwe

In the summer of 2008 the Nieuwe Kerk will present a journey of discovery though the history of art. For the first time the attractiveness of the black person in the art of the Low Countries will receive attention. Many great masters turn out to have portrayed black people. The fascination with them will be illustrated in about 135 paintings, drawings and manuscripts from collections here and abroad. Black is beautiful presents a remarkable oil study by Rubens, an intimate drawing and etching by Rembrandt, paintings by Jordaens, Mostaert, Breitner, Jan Sluijters, Karl Appel and Marlene Dumas, and beautifully illustrated manuscripts from the late Middle Ages such as the famous Van Maerlant manuscript.

Together these works give an idea of the changing role of black people in Dutch art and culture. They show that for seven centuries black people have been part of Dutch art and history, in which they play an ever more important role. Striking images and new insights take us from the year 1300, via the great masters of the seventeenth century, to contemporary art. Iris Kensmil has made twelve memorial paintings especially for this exhibition; they pay homage to her predecessors in black emancipation. They will be temporarily added to the architecture of the imposing Nieuwe Kerk.

The exhibition is divided into three main sections: the Old World, the New World and the Modern World. These sections are further divided into subjects such as The black king, Strong men, Strong women, Africa and the Africans, (South) America and the slaves and Portraits.

For the first time Black is Beautiful presents a broad and coherent view of the beauty of black people in seven centuries of art in the Low Countries. The exhibition, which fills a gap in the study of Dutch art, is the result of years of research by guest curator Esther Schreuder and has been realised by the Nieuwe Kerk thanks to contributions from the VSBfonds, the Mondriaan Stichting and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunsten. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with international contributions in a Dutch an English edition which was made possible by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

A 50-minute documentary about the exhibition will be shown on television. In October a broad programme of activities surrounding the subject of the exhibition will be organised.

For more information and visual material:

The Nieuwe Kerk
Communication & Education Dept.
Noepy Testa & Charlotte Oster
T 020 626 81 68
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Patricia Sellers, Legal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes and Deputy Head of the Legal Advisory Section, Office of the Prosecutor, UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, International Criminal Prosecutor, Special Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Independent Legal Expert


Legal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes and Deputy Head of the Legal Advisory Section, Office of the Prosecutor, UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, International Criminal Prosecutor, Special Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Independent Legal Expert


Ms. Sellers has been a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College since 2006. From 1994 until 2007 she was the Legal Advisor for Gender and a prosecutor at the Yugoslav (ICTY) and the Rwanda (ICTR) Tribunals. In 2007 she was a Special Legal Advisor to the Gender and Woman’s Rights Division of the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and also advised the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Representative to Children in Armed Conflict in the drafting of an amicus curie brief submitted to the International Criminal Court in the Prosecutor v. Lubanga. Ms. Sellers is currently an independent legal expert in international criminal and humanitarian law.


As the ICTY Legal Advisor for Gender related crimes, Ms. Sellers participated in the development of the international legal standards for the sexual violence under crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, including acts of rape, torture, enslavement, persecution. Ms. Sellers prosecuted the Prosecutor v. Furundzija, the first case wherein rape was recognised as a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. At the ICTR, she was co-counsel and legal strategist in the Prosecutor v. Akayesu, the first international criminal case to convict the perpetrators of the Rwanda genocide and the first international conviction to hold sexual violence as an act of genocide and rape as a crime against humanity. Ms. Sellers was the legal advisor on the Prosecutor v. Kunarac, the international conviction of enslavement under crimes against humanity, based upon acts of sexual violence.


In 2002, in Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Sellers was a Co-chief Prosecutor in a symbolic trial that highlighted the absence of legal redress for thousands of  “Comfort Women” who were enslaved by the Japanese army during World War II. Ms. Sellers has lectured internationally and authored over twenty articles on the law of armed conflict and international criminal law.


In 1999,? the American Society of International Law awarded Ms. Sellers the prestigious Prominent Women in International Law and the Black Student Association of the University of Rutgers Law School awared her the Martin Luther King Award? In 2001, the City University of New York awarded Ms. Sellers an Honorary Doctorate in Law and in 2006, she became an Honorary Fellow for Lifetime Achievement of the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007 she was awarded the U.S. National Bar Association’s Ron Brown International Lawyer prize.


From 2002 until 2005 Ms Sellers taught a course entitled “The International Criminal Process” in Kellogg College’s Masters of Human Rights degree program. She is on the faculty of the Oxford University-Washington College of Law Summer Human Rights Program.


Sellers servied at the Directorate General for External Relations at the European Commission, the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, and the Philadelphia Defender Association. She is a former co-chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and is a professor in the Oxford University Joint Program in International Law.

Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

Judge McDonald is a judicial pioneer in International Criminal Law, by James G. Apple, President, International Judicial Academy; Co-Editor, International Judicial Monitor

Gabrielle Kirk McDonald is one of the first United States judges to be involved in international courts, apart from the International Court of Justice and the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. She was selected by the United Nations (with the highest number of votes) as one of 11 judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 1993, and presided over the three-judge panel that heard the first criminal trial of that international court, sitting in a courtroom of the new Tribunal building in The Hague, Netherlands.

The trial involved charges against a Bosnian Serb national named Dusan Tadic, accused of atrocities committed in 1992 in and around Serbia in northwestern Bosnia during the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovnia. That trial began in the spring of 1996 and resulted in a conviction of the defendant by the panel of judges for crimes against humanity in May 1997. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Before hearing the first case of the ICTY, Judge McDonald and her colleagues had to develop procedural rules for the Tribunal. She consulted with colleagues at Texas Southern University where she was a member of the adjunct faculty at that university’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Those consultations resulted in the preparation and adoption of the first procedural rules for the Tribunal.

Judge McDonald, so well regarded by her colleagues, was sent by the United Nations to Tanzania, in Africa, in the spring of 1997 to assist in the organizing efforts of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, established by the U.N. to hear cases involving genocide in that country.

In November 1997 she was elected President of both criminal tribunals, a position she held until her resignation from that position in 1999.

She now serves as one of three American judge/arbitrators on the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, hearing claims by Iranian and U.S. citizens, and the respective governments of the two countries, that resulted from the take-over of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 by Iranian militants and the holding of U.S. Embassy personnel as hostages.

Before her international judicial work, Judge McDonald was first a practicing lawyer in Houston, Texas and then a United States District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She was only the third African-American woman to be selected for the federal judiciary when she was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, at the age of 37. She was the first African-American to be appointed to the federal judiciary of Texas.

She resigned her federal judicial appointment in 1988 to return to private law practice in Texas.

Judge McDonald graduated first in her class at Howard University Law School in 1966. Her first legal career position was serving as a lawyer for the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in New York. She was active in the U.S. civil rights movement in the southern part of the United States during her time with the NAACP.

She received her undergraduate education at Boston University and Hunter College in New York. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1942.

Among the honors Judge McDonald has received are election to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.