Golden Age at TEFAF and Drents Museum

Horse and rider from the tomb of princess Yongtai.

Horses are not indigenous to China although they formed a crucial part of the military power of the Tang dynasty, whose emperors ruled the Empire from 618 to 907 AD. At that time riding was a popular pass-time among the Chinese elite who could afford the upkeep of their stables: horses were a status symbol,… Continue reading Golden Age at TEFAF and Drents Museum

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To preserve or to enjoy: that’s the question

jean francois albanis de beaumont persian design for everyday silver cutlery

My art world career started with cataloguing collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative art. I much enjoyed the process because I got to know the objects whilst researching them. I tried to guess to whom they would have belonged over the years, decades and centuries. I still love handling art: seeing a monumental painting being… Continue reading To preserve or to enjoy: that’s the question

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Dreams of Nature

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Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky. The curators and  makers of the most inspirational exhibition on symbolist landscapes have assembled 71 grand paintings by 52 artists from 16 different nations into a stylised 2-floor exhibition. Opening today at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, this exhibition is a treat for all art lovers- known or… Continue reading Dreams of Nature

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Art from Asia: Future Pass

Future Pass exhibition poster

With ‘Future Pass’, the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam is presenting the new aesthetics that will dominate the 21st century, just as abstract art dominated the 20th century. More than 130 artists from around the world will show their works: paintings, sculptures, installations, films and photos. After its successful showing at the Venice Biennale, this international exhibition… Continue reading Art from Asia: Future Pass

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crisis vs. arts and culture

Edward Munch: The Scream

The economic crisis and the prospects for art and culture in Europe SICA has consulted its partners in a number of European countries in order to gauge the mood in the cultural sector. The first overview was published in June 2010 and updated in October 2010. General None of the countries is currently in a… Continue reading crisis vs. arts and culture

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Novelty: top artworks on Internet

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Have you always dreamed of simply sitting at home and be able to study te world’s leading artworks in close up through one simple internetsite? Well here is something you might want to explore. Navigate to the larger museums of the world right from your living room. More than 17 museums with the most popular exhibitions… Continue reading Novelty: top artworks on Internet

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AICA awards Van Gogh’s letters

AICA van Gogh 16 december 2011

On the evening  of the 16th of December 2011 the Van Gogh Museum was presented with the AICA Award for the exhibition Van Gogh’s Letters. The artist speaks, held in the autumn of 2009. This prize is awarded every year by the Association Internationale Critique d’Art (AICA). The jury praised the contemporary way in which… Continue reading AICA awards Van Gogh’s letters

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Awaking beauty in Nantes France

Royale Deluxe in Nantes

Located 30 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, on the Loire Estuary, the quality of life of the 6th biggest city of France is regularly quoted as an example in the rankings. Invigorated by the sea air, the city is ventilated by more than 1000 hectares of green spaces and the traffic flow is made… Continue reading Awaking beauty in Nantes France

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Snapshots

The Van Gogh Museum is once again proud to present another great and revealing exhibition in its side wing on the Museumsquare in Amsterdam. Unveiling old photographs made with instant Kodak cameras in the late years of the 19th century in relation to paintings made by both famous painters and painters yet unknown to a… Continue reading Snapshots

The public’s interest in art

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Van Gogh Museum welcomes millionth visitor sooner than expected Amsterdam, 9 August 2011 – Today Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum, welcomed the museum’s millionth visitor this year. In 2010 this milestone was not reached until three weeks later, at the end of August. The special guest was treated to a festive reception… Continue reading The public’s interest in art

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T. Eakins & M. Parrish

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Thomas Eakins and Maxfield Parrish Born July 25 (The Day of Quixotic Exploits) Although Eakins (1844-1916) and Parrish (1870-1966) were of different generations, their lives shared a great deal in common. Both were born in Philadelphia, both attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (where Eakins also taught), but most importantly both were staunchly… Continue reading T. Eakins & M. Parrish

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A. Calder & E. Hopper

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Alexander Calder and Edward Hopper Born July 22 (The Day of Occupational Fluctuation) Alexander Calder and Edward Hopper both made significant contributions to American art. Although they each explored several art disciplines, Calder was known primarily as a sculptor, who first created the hanging objects called mobiles, and Hopper as a painter. Both were born… Continue reading A. Calder & E. Hopper

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Rembrandt van Rijn

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Rembrandt van Rijn Born July 15 (The Day of Material Inducers) Although many streets in Amsterdam are named after painters, only one of its major squares is named after one: the Rembrandtplein.  Not surprising that this Dutch master is honored by a city and country who have undoubtedly produced more great and good painters per capita… Continue reading Rembrandt van Rijn

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David Hockney

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David Hockney Born July 9 (The Day of Wonder) The childlike joy of British artist David Hockney over his recent iPhone and iPad creations is infectious. We are captivated both by the fresh spontaneity of his work and his own Wonder over these modern electronic products. Being able to get up early in the morning… Continue reading David Hockney

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Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz Born July 8 (The Day of the Dark Pragmatist) Kollwitz’s unique work has something in common with both realistic and expressionistic art, combining the two in a very special style that was distinctly hers. On the one hand she looks back to more realistic aspects of 18th and 19th century art as well… Continue reading Käthe Kollwitz

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G. Mahler & M. Chagall

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Gustav Mahler and Marc Chagall Born July 7 (The Day of Imaginative Revelations) In my book The Secret Language of Birthdays, people born on July 7 are described as follows: “Revelation is a recurrent theme in the lives of July 7 people. The urge to uncover or hold up to scrutiny the inner visions, feelings… Continue reading G. Mahler & M. Chagall

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Frida Kahlo

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Born July 6 (The Day of Magnetic Desire) Frida Kahlo’s traumatic life is reflected in her paintings, primarily consisting of portraits and self-portraits. Her dark, gloomy thoughts were reflected in some of her own self-images but so were the joys she experienced, which are clearly expressed in her use of vivid colors. Kahlo herself recognized… Continue reading Frida Kahlo

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Van Gogh museum & Hermitage

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MASTERPIECES FROM THE VAN GOGH MUSEUM TEMPORARILY ON VIEW IN THE HERMITAGE AMSTERDAM   Amsterdam, 24 June 2011 – The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will begin renovation at the end of 2012 in order to ensure the condition of the building and the safety of the visitors in the long run, Axel Rüger, director… Continue reading Van Gogh museum & Hermitage

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Rembrandt and his circle in Paris

Rembrandt and his circle in Paris

The Dutch cultural centre Institut Néerlandais is proud to present nearly one hundred of the finest drawings by Rembrandt and his circle from the famous Frits Lugt Collection.The exhibition will bring together twenty Rembrandt drawings and a selection of the best work from his pupils and contemporaries, including Govert Flinck, Ferdinand Bol, Nicolaes Maes and… Continue reading Rembrandt and his circle in Paris

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Vincent’s selfportrait isTheo’s

Van Gogh: a self-portrait actually depicts his brother, Theo

Amsterdam, 21 June 2011   EXHIBITION: VAN GOGH IN ANTWERP AND PARIS: NEW PERSPECTIVES IN VAN GOGH MUSEUM AMSTERDAM Was Vincent van Gogh first and foremost an impulsive genius? How well have Van Gogh’s colours withstood the ravages of time? And did Van Gogh make a painting of his brother Theo after all? To start… Continue reading Vincent’s selfportrait isTheo’s

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