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The Registration of Belgian Refugees in the Amsterdam Stock Exchange

The Netherlands remained neutral during the First World War. However, this doesn't mean it doesn't see the effects of war. Herman Lugt shows us this in his painting The Registration of Belgian Refugees in the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, 1914. What is this painting telling us? This painting was chosen as the polyphonic object for the first edition of AMJournal on War, Conflict, and the City.  

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Three voices for one painting

Art brings up different feelings and ideas for everyone. That's why AMJournal asked a sociologist, a historian, and an art historian to interpret this painting, to see what it might teach us.

Anita Böcker copy

“We can learn from our experiences”

Dr. Anita Böcker of sociology explains: “Amsterdam and other cities in the Netherlands and Western Europe have had to accommodate war refugees repeatedly over the centuries. It will be no different in the future. We can learn from our experiences with the mass influx of Ukrainians today and the Belgian war refugees over a century ago to improve the reception of other groups of refugees now and in the future.”

Read more from Anita here
Jan Lucassen copy

"Sympathy and compassion can be captured in a painting, but, these sentiments do not tend to last very long."

“More is needed to face the challenge of such a magnitude. After the initial enthusiasm only 2,500 Belgian refugees were to stay in Amsterdam until the end of the war,” says historian dr Jan Lucassen.

Read more from Jan here
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What led the painter to capture this moment?

Family ties and international relations may have led to this painting being commissioned. Dr Judith van Gent explains how this painting may have come about.

Read more from Judith here
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Call for Papers

AMJournal calls on all scholars to submit their abstracts for the second issue of the online, peer reviewed Amsterdam Museum Journal, devoted to the impact of gentrification in urban spaces (published diamond open access in 2024).

Find out more about the Call for Papers here
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AMJournal is a scientific journal that is published twice yearly on the Amsterdam Museum website. Every edition researches a theme through different lenses and disciplines. The first edition looks at the effects of war and conflict on urban spaces. These stories exhibit parts of the polyphonic object.