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On the Road again?

on the road by salles

In development for decades by Francis Ford Coppola, who remains a key producer on the film, the eagerly anticipated big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” has been a long time coming. But the project’s lengthy journey has finally seen the light of day, as the post-production was finished recently and the European [...]

Golden Age at TEFAF and Drents Museum

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, [...]

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 [...]

It Has Happened

photo : Lutz Baumann

For lovers of experimental photography in Paris, TPTP’s December-show, It Has Happened, was a thought-provoking group exhibition which did not disappoint. Subtle strains of classical music set the tone for the December 12th, 2009 opening at the gallery on 20 rue Muller, in Montmartre where visitors were invited to explore a compelling selection of contemporary photography [...]

Dreams of Nature

de Zaaier by Van Gogh

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 [...]

The Artist

Jean Dujardin and his dog in 'the Artist'

is a 2011 French romantic drama film directed by Michel Hazanavicius and was shot entirely in black and white.The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress. Making a silent movie feature film close to a 100 years [...]

Evolution & Corpus Acrobatics

corpus acrobatics

We had best seats for this most promising performance and I went in to see the show without any observations or detailed information on the act and the dancers and performers beforehand. We live in a time where the circus and theatre are having a hard time. We can understand the declination in its significance [...]

Shame through the eyes of Mc Queen

Michael-Fassbender-in-Shame

This year already highly debated and to some critics overrated new feature ‘Shame’ directed by Steve Mc Queen does in several ways stand out as a cinematographic exercise but honestly also disappoints in other ways. This can easily explain the controversy around a film in which the protagonists who are mentally and physically suffering while [...]

Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki

Marcel Marx (André Wilms) and Idrissa (Blondin Miguel)

If you have never seen a film by Aki Kaurismäki , the current Finish master of cinema, you should not stagger to go see this one. ”Le Havre” blends in so many facets of true cinema and storytelling that it should be considered already a classic shortly after its release in late 2011. In a [...]

The Power of the Dove

healing ritual

Written by Ton van der Lee The sun is setting over the Kalahari desert. It’s been a hot day. I am in a remote settlement in northern Botswana. Tsitano, a traditional healer of the San people (formerly known as Bushmen, the oldest people on earth) is preparing himself for the night. He is going to [...]

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