Back From Florida: A Quick Hello!
art / autobiography

Back From Florida: A Quick Hello!

It’s been only 1.5 weeks since I returned home from my 6-week artist residency in Captiva, Florida, and here I am back on a plane again. I’ve swapped my bikini and sandals for chunky pullovers and thermal socks as winter temperatures in the Netherlands are about 20 degrees Celsius lower than in Florida. Rather than showing off my tan to friends and family, I’ll be wrapped up in thermals again from head to toe. Continue reading

‘Art Can Change the World’ – In the Footsteps of Robert Rauschenberg
art / travel

‘Art Can Change the World’ – In the Footsteps of Robert Rauschenberg

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. Continue reading

Exhibition: ‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’ at Somerset House – Tribute to a Master or Failed Project?
art / film

Exhibition: ‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’ at Somerset House – Tribute to a Master or Failed Project?

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. Continue reading

Beyond Seven Mountains: The Reinvention of Ancient Myths and Fairy Tales in the British Countryside
art / things to do

Beyond Seven Mountains: The Reinvention of Ancient Myths and Fairy Tales in the British Countryside

“A long time ago, beyond seven mountains, beyond seven forests” there lay the English town of Corby. Just on the outskirts of the town one can find a little tranquil green haven made up from two little woods that used to be part of the ancient and bigger woods of Rockingham Forest, once the royal hunting grounds for King William I. From 1 August till 31 October, you can experience a magical moment whilst visiting the Fermynwoods Contemporary Art exhibition ‘Beyond Seven Mountains’ in these old Corby woodlands. Continue reading

Bosch500: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Prolific Painter Hieronymus Bosch
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Bosch500: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Prolific Painter Hieronymus Bosch

Once upon a time there was a Dutch painter named Hieronymus Bosch whose artworks depicted the most incredible fantasy figures and gruesome scenes that must have sprung from either a very troubled or intoxicated mind. Both his fame and works expanded across the international cultural landscape and several centuries. This year his hometown of ‘s-Hertogenbosch celebrates the 500th anniversary of his death. Continue reading

Exhibition: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts
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Exhibition: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts

One of the must see exhibitions right now is the Ai Weiwei retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (till 13 December). This exhibition shows a great selection of installations, videos, photographs, furniture and even wallpaper by this great Chinese contemporary artist and political activist. The show is definitely thought-provoking and will give you … Continue reading