The Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) is an interdisciplinary research centre that brings together economic, legal, (art) historical, philosophical, sociological and practical expertise to the context of arts and heritage. In response to the demands of the increasingly complex challenges facing the fields of arts and heritage today, MACCH initiates collaborative research projects with researchers, professionals, and students from diverse backgrounds. MACCH is a joint effort of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law, the School of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Science and Engineering (formerly Faculty of Humanities and Sciences), and the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg (SHCL) and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL).
At the 2018 Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT) conference, taking place form 26-28 October 2018 at Aarhus University (Denmark), Christian Ernsten co-organizes the workshop on “A heritage walk into the Anthropocene”.
The Indie Art Legal Clinic provides pro-bono advice to independent artists (visual artists, musicians, performers, street artists, film makers, game designers, programmers, etc.).
From 25-29 June 2018, Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, TH Köln, hosted the third and final Summer School for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art’ (NACCA).
MACCH addresses the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the academic nexus of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We strive to make this expertise available in the EUregion and in a larger international context through publications and by organising workshops, events, and conferences, such as the annual MACCH conference during The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). MACCH's collaborative research projects:
Teaching in the areas of art, culture, conservation, and heritage is important to several faculties at Maastricht University, and interfaculty cooperation takes place in various forms and levels (bachelor’s, master’s and PhD). An example is the successful joint Minor “Art, Law and Policy Making” between the faculties of Arts & Social Sciences and Law. Another example is the course and skills training ‘Science and the Visual Arts: Conservation and its Histories’, a collaboration between the Maastricht Science Programme, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg. At the regional level MACCH collaborates with Hogeschool Zuyd and the Hubert van Eyck Academy. Our international network of partners includes the University of Amsterdam, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, KU Leuven, the University of Hasselt, and Maastricht University Campus Brussels.
MACCH conducts research consultancy, contract research and other service activities directed towards the larger society and in collaboration with private and public partners. MACCH’s combination of legal, (art) historical, philosophical, sociological, economic, and practical expertise makes it an ideal partner for tackling the increasingly complex challenges facing arts and heritage today.
For more information, contact Dr. Joop de Jong
Research areas wherein we can offer services include:
The UN Security Council has moved to protect cultural heritage in armed conflicts. Will this initiative be a successful one?
What once was their wealth, can become a burden. Museums in Europe (may) have to consider what to do with their cultural and historical treasures from former colonies. How happy or eager are these former colonies to retrieve their treasures?
"It all started with the realisation that Maastricht University is home to a great deal of expertise in arts and heritage, though research and teaching are scattered across several faculties. The challenges facing people in the arts, culture, conservation, and heritage today are multi-layered and complex, calling for a multidisciplinary approach."
"MACCH builds bridges not only between four different faculties, but also between the academic and professional worlds. “There aren't that many collaborations in the university where we actually work across faculties, let alone so successfully.”
"People are so creative in covering up fakes. They point you in the wrong direction. And you immediately think, ‘Well, this might be a case of looting.’ And your attention is on whether the provenance is OK, that is wasn’t confiscated or stolen. Which takes you away from thinking whether it is a genuine work or not."
"The way we take care of our cultural heritage is a measure of the quality of our civilisation. Art and culture provide meaning but are vulnerable at the same time."