Article I Aims and Activities

  1. The Dutch Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) is established under the terms of the present Statutes, in accordance with the Statutes of its parent body, an international, non-governmental Association, with its headquarters in Paris.
  • As a Section of the International Association, the Dutch Section has Statutes, which closely reflect those of the parent organisation. These must be kept up-to-date with those of International AICA and formally approved by AICA’s Administrative Council.

  • The Dutch Section brings together art critics, whose professional activity is criticism in all media, teaching, or curating exhibitions. The Members of the Section who are of Dutch origin, reside in the Netherlands, in one or more of the ways defined in Article II, below.
  • The aims of the Dutch Section of AICA are:
    • to promote art criticism as a discipline and contribute to its methodology;
    • to promote the ethical and professional interests of its Members and defend their rights;
    • to maintain an active national and international network for its Members, with the aid of the available systems of communication, and encouragement of face-to-face encounters;
    • to contribute to mutual understanding of visual arts and aesthetics in all cultures;
    • to stimulate professional relationships across political, geographical, ethnic, economic and religious boundaries;
    • impartially to defend freedom of expression and thought, and oppose arbitrary censorship;
    • The duration of the Section is unlimited.

Article II Membership

  1. The Section is made up of International Members and Honorary Members. The number of Members is not limited.
  2. All applications to the Dutch Section must be accompanied by short curriculum vitae. The applications should me made on the standard Biographical Form written in one of the three official languages of the Assocation, which is the only information on individuals which will be kept by the Paris office on its database.

They must be supported by evidence of sustained activity over the previous three years, in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Daily/periodical press, or broadcasting on radio, TV, video or electronic media;
    1. Publiction of works of art history, aesthetics or criticism;
    1. Teaching of art criticism, art history, aesthetics or art, at higher or tertiary level;
    1. Curatorial work and analysis for educational or scholarly ends, including the production of scholarly or critical texts for museums or galleries, whose principal aim is not essentially commercial.
  • On election to the National Section, Members are immediately entitled to a membership card and sticker for the current year. The card remains the property of the Association and must be surrendered, on request (see II.4, below).
  • Membership is forfeited:
    • by resignation;
    • by non-payment of the membership fee for two years;
    • by expulsion at a General Assembly, if so recommended by the Administrative Council, on grounds of serious misconduct.
  • If an application for membership is rejected by the Dutch Section, the applicant may seek review of the decision by the Dutch Section. The Dutch Section must provide the candidate with a written explanation of the grounds for rejection.

Article V Administration

  1. The resources of the Section are made up of the Membership dues.
  2. All Members, except Honorary Members, pay fixed annual dues, which are set at the time of the Annual General Meeting. The Section may waive a part of the whole of the Honorary Members’ annual dues, but must still pass on the appropriate annual dues for these Honorary Members to the Association’s Headquarters.

Article XIII. The Executive Board of Aica The Netherlands

  1. The Executive Board of AICA the Netherlands consists of the President, the Secretary, the Treasurer and two or more members. It meets at least once a year and whenever the President deems it necessary.
  2. The board will organize a meeting with all the members at least once a year.
  3. All officers on the Board are elected for periods of three years, renewable up to twice only, with or without breaks, in between.
  4. Any changes in the National Executive Board will be forwarded immediately to the International Board.

Article XX. Reform of the Statutes

  1. The Board may propose modifications to the National Statutes. All such proposals must be forwarded, in writing, to all members of the International Board at least one month prior to the Annual General Meeting at which they are to be discussed and voted upon. All modifications to the Statutes proposed in this way must be approved by a two thirds majority of those attending the meeting, who are eligible to vote.
  2. The Membership of the Section may itself initiate proposals to modify the Statutes. In order to succeed, any such proposal must receive the support of two thirds of the Members who are present and eligible to vote, on two successive occasions.

Article VII

The Section may be dissolved, following a motion presented by Officials or Members at the Annual General Meeting and a vote in favour of this by at least three quarters of the Members present at that meeting.

In case of dissolution, the assets of the Section will be distributed, in accordance with the law, to an organisation whose aims are allied to, or compatible with, those of the Association.