While British families are stocking up on flour, milk and eggs in preparation for national Pancake Day on Tuesday 13 February, parts of the Netherlands are starting their 5-day debauchery called Carnaval today. Although these two events may seem worlds apart, they are actually very closely related.
Have you ever wondered what some curious sayings and expressions in your language actually mean? I often treat hubby to some bizarre Dutch sayings, which sound even more curious when translated into English. Because I'm always interested in culture and etymology, I collected 10 of my favourite Dutch sayings, expressions, phrases or words that feature animals, and tried to look up their origins.
Waking up to a world covered in a layer of ice this morning suddenly reminded me of the Elfstedentocht, an ice skating tour of nearly 200 kilometres in the Netherlands. Although this must be the most anticipated sports event in the country, it has only taken place 15 times since its very first official edition in 1909.
I'm an avid list-making person, from my daily to-do lists to my weekly meal plan to lists with all the films I've watched over a year to exhibitions or concerts I've been to or the books I've read. So, of course it makes sense to finish off the year with my List of Favourite Films, Trips, Art and Books for 2017!
Halloween is upon us! Besides dressing up and devouring tons of sweets, there’s no better way to mark this demonic date than by watching a scary film. However, what would you watch if you are a bit of a scaredy pants, like me, but still want to join in the Halloween movie fun? Well, then you might enjoy one of the films on my alternative and arthouse Halloween film list!
The most comprehensive retrospective to date in the UK on American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opened today at the Barbican Centre in London. The opening was heralded by two brand-new pieces by street artist Banksy in celebration of Basquiat. Banksy’s tribute couldn’t be any more fitting as Basquiat didn’t only start his career as a graffiti artist, but his colourful and ‘freestyle’ drawings have clearly influenced so many graffiti writers and street artists ever since.
I am extremely fortunate and feel humbled to be writing this article from the 20-acre Florida estate of the late Robert Rauschenberg, a mercurial artist who bridged the worlds of painting, performance, sculpture, new and found media. For six decades he created wild and pioneering art up to his death in 2008. His Foundation has opened up his home and studio for artists from all over the world and from different backgrounds and I still can't believe I am one of them.
The Old Truman Brewery is an East London icon that has played a significant role in the history of London since its establishment in 1666. Despite having been the largest brewery in the world at one point, Truman's sadly had to close its doors in 1989. Twenty years later two local beer enthusiasts discovered the Truman brand was for sale. This was the rebirth of East London's icon.
Do you choose your clothes by how they look or who designed them? Now think about films. You probably choose to watch a film based upon who directed it or who stars in it, but have you ever considered who's responsible for how these film look? Who takes care of the majestic images before you? While the film director will describe the desired feel and look of his/her film, it's the cinematographer who actually creates the images that lock into your memory. The current exhibition on acclaimed director of photography Robby Müller at EYE film museum in Amsterdam provides insight in the importance of the cinematographer.
The brilliant film director Stanley Kubrick has inspired many artists for decades now, even well after his death. To celebrate this icon, James Lavelle has curated the exhibition 'Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick' that displays works of 45 artists, from film makers to street artists and a taxidermist, who have all been inspired by the maestro himself. The exhibition is on till 24 August 2016 at Somerset House.