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L. (Lieke) Wijnia MA

PhD Researcher  & Teacher, Instructor , Lecturer 

Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Culture Studies


My PhD research is grounded in the aim to create a family resemblance between art and religion. By taking the concepts of the sacred and ritual as departure point, this project researches what happens when art and religion meet and merge into something new. I have conducted fieldwork at the annual Dutch arts festival Musica Sacra Maastricht, a platform on which the full scope of the sacred is explored through musical (and other artistic) performances. I have studied and interviewed different involved groups: the program committee, audience members and performers. Their involvement constitutes the festival performances, which I have traced and analysed in terms of the sacred. Despite the radically changed religious landscape, this marker of ultimate value is still prevalent in contemporary culture. Ultimately, this project has the aim of understanding artistic practices as contemporary sense-making strategies.  


PhD Research Period: October 2011 - February 2016

Other research interests: Modern and contemporary art, Piet Mondrian & De Stijl, French Paint & Politics (1847-1880)


News items

  • Op-ed Trouw: Collection Rijksmuseum is not a toolbox
        Dutch newspaper Trouw published my op-ed on Alain de Botton's routing "Art is Therapy" in the Rijksmuseum. The article was originally published in Dutch, but you'll find an English translation here.   

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Last amended: 11 January 2016