Kitty Zijlmans

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials C.J.M.
Main position Hoogleraar UL
Disciplines Arts and culture
Chair Kunstgeschiedenis van de Nieuwste Tijd
Domain Humanities
Membership Member
Since 2010
Chair of Jury of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art
Member of Humanities
Employed by Universiteit Leiden (UL-FG)
LUCAS - Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
Postbus 9515
2300 RA Leiden
tel.  071 527 8033
Personal website

Kitty Zijlmans takes an interest in the field of the contemporary development of art and art theory and in the formation of art theory in the discipline of History of Art. Dynamics and pluralism characterise the field of visual arts. Important changes typical of the present period, such as - apart from the globalisation movement - the incorporation of science and technology on a grand scale, all have a great impact on both the production of art and how art is conceived. 

More and more crossover art can be seen to occur in the different disciplinary arts (sculptural arts, photography, design, fashion, architecture), different domains (art and science/ technology; art and other social fields) between art and popular (image) culture; and multi-media are employed increasingly (the application of all possible materials, technologies and media). This results in a great variety of art practices and art forms which trigger the need to reflect upon the place of art in our culture and to develop new theories in order to gain a better understanding of these processes.