A couple of days ago, I have visited the Leeds Art Gallery to see the ARTIST ROOMS' exhibition dedicated to Joseph Beuys (1921-1986). The ARTIST ROOMS is a traveling collection of international modern and contemporary art that is owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, who curate monographic exhibitions across the United Kingdom. … Continue reading On Joseph Beuys and why we should keep trying to find a balance
Work's out, we are almost (inevitably) constantly starring at our devices working and in a rush to meet the next deadline. Sometimes we just need to read a book (feel the paper pages between our fingers!) and charge up our minds with fresh ideas, new thoughts, and different perspectives. My book list is varied and … Continue reading Siri Hustvedt on looking at art & what it means to be human
Solidarity and equality. These are the values Hannie Schaft and the sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen stood up for during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. On the occasion of the recently published book 'Hannie' by the historian Peter Hammann, the Museum Haarlem curated the exhibition Vrouwen in Verzet - Hannie, … Continue reading An Exhibition Dedicated to Courage in the Face of Fear and Hate
Yesterday, I visited foam, the photography museum based in Amsterdam. Although I walked past the museum countless times and always thought to myself that I want to go inside, this was the first time I ever visited it. And I am glad I did - finally. I saw the remarkable exhibition I am you; Selected … Continue reading The Power of Photography: Gordon Parks and his “Weapon of Choice”
Last week I attended the IMC in Leeds. The IMC (International Medieval Congress) is the largest conference of its kind in Europe. And although this is obviously not an event everybody can attend, I wanted to write a short post on it and share my experiences. This annual conference is organised by the Institute of … Continue reading Attending the IMC 2017 (International Medieval Conference) in Leeds!
Somehow the characteristic blue and white decorations of Dutch Delftware continues to fascinate us: whether we look at fashion, interior design, or contemporary arts & craft, the many shades of blue against a white background keep appearing in many different shapes and forms. It seems we can all agree that the colour schemes and decoration patterns … Continue reading Dutch Delftware – Pretty? Yes. But There’s More To It
A few weeks ago, I visited the exhibition Otto Dix - The Evil Eye (Otto Dix - Der böse Blick) in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (Germany) that presented the first monographic exhibition of Otto Dix. The exhibition focused on Dix's creative years in Düsseldorf and offered a comprehensive view on how by looking beyond the “unappetising” appearance … Continue reading When Art Holds A Mirror Up To Society – Otto Dix
The idea of having yet another notebook – digital or in paper – may not sound particularly appealing to you, but starting an Art Journal has a great number of advantages and it can take your experiences with art to another level. Most of us go to places and events without really taking some time … Continue reading Why You Should Start an Art Journal
Yes and no. The answer to this question obviously depends on your very own idea of what a ''happy life'' entails. Having said that, I certainly think that art is unique in the way it can enrich our lives. Humans are cultural beings and art is an age-old phenomenon that has chronicled and shaped our … Continue reading Do We Need Art in Our Lives?