Leo Jansen studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Utrecht (1960) where he specialized in 19th and 20th-century literature and scholarly editing. From 1994 till 2009 he was an editor of the Van Gogh Letters Project, the result of which was published in October 2009 as a digital edition on the internet entitled Vincent van Gogh, The Letters(www.vangoghletters.org; awarded by Europa Nostra), and in a widely acclaimed, six volume printed edition (published simultaneously in English, Dutch and French). He co-curated the exhibition Van Gogh’s letters: the artist speaks (Van Gogh Museum, 2009-2010; awarded by AICA, The Netherlands). From December 2005 till April 2014 he was the Van Gogh Museum’s curator of paintings. He curated an exhibition of the Van Gogh Museum's collection in the Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam (September 2012) and he is currently co-curating the exhibition Munch-Van Gogh, a joint project with the Munch Museum, Oslo (Spring 2015). As a scholar he is the editor of several literary and art historical periodicals and projects.
As of May 2014 he’s a researcher at Huygens ING, The Hague (Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History), preparing a digital publication of Piet Mondrian’s complete correspondence and theoretical writings.
“For me the CCL experience was as much a new way of looking at the challenges for today’s museums from a leadership perspective as it was a discovery into my own competences and aspirations.”