In celebration of his 30-year long career, iconic American street artist Shepard Fairey recently returned to London for a special gallery show. Here are some photos of his characteristic artworks, including some of the murals he painted in East London.
It’s a Kind of Magic: Discover the Science Behind Magic at the Wellcome Collection
Have you ever thought of how magicians and mediums use psychological devices to play tricks on you? You'd be surprised to learn how even your own brain deceives you! The current exhibition 'Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic' at Wellcome Collection reveals the rational truth behind the world of magic.
Secret London Tip: Discover the Petrie Museum, Home to the World’s 4th Largest Ancient Egyptian Collection!
We all know of course that the British Museum is THE place to go if you're interested in seeing ancient Egyptian artefacts in London. But did you know that the world's fourth largest ancient Egyptian collection is housed in a small building on the University College London campus? I only heard of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology last week and was rather blown away by all the treasures it holds!
The Dutch Girl Tales #10: drie museumtips voor een cultureel verantwoorde start van 2019!
In mijn maandoverzicht voor december schreef ik al wat over mijn kunstzinnige uitstapjes en ik wilde daar in mijn Nederlandstalige blog nog verder bij stilstaan. Ik reisde af naar Maastricht om de vreemde kunstwerken van cultregisseur David Lynch te zien. In Rotterdam bezocht ik de zeer toegankelijke en familievriendelijke tentoonstelling over kinetische kunst en vlak voor vertrek naar Schiphol dompelde ik me in EYE Filmmuseum onder in de fantastische wereld van meesteranimator Jan Švankmajer. In dit artikel vind je foto's en meer informatie die je hopelijk zullen inspireren tot een bezoek!
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(Don’t) Stop ‘The Clock’: Watch Time Tick Away on the Big Screen
Could you imagine watching a 24-hour long film without a main plot and with clocks as its main protagonists? Although this principle might sound like it could be a tedious ordeal, Christian Marclay's impressive video collage 'The Clock' consisting of about 12,000 film and television clips actually makes for an unforgettable experience. This special video work opened at Tate Modern on Friday 14 September and I went to see it yesterday morning, spending four hours in Christian Marclay's carefully curated cinematic world.
Art Tip: Feast Your Eyes on These Three Excellent London Photography Exhibitions!
The Postal Museum: Step Inside London’s Secret Subterranean Mail Delivery System and Discover the Dangerous History of the Royal Mail
When was the last time you received a letter in the post? Today, with so many different ways to communicate, it's never been easier to stay in touch with your friends and family (or even people you don't really know). My visit to The Postal Museum yesterday made me reflect on the lost art of letter writing and also taught me that delivering post 500 years ago was an extremely dangerous profession!
From Graffiti to Celebrity: Jean-Michel Basquiat
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.
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Through the Camera’s Eye – From ‘Fargo’ to ‘The Revenant’: A Celebration of Cinematographers
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Exhibition: Michelangelo Antonioni – Il Maestro del Cinema Moderno
Last week I was briefly Dutch Girl in the Netherlands (not that an exciting name, I know). Before I jetted off back to the UK again, I made a stopover at EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam. I'm such a fan of this museum: the building itself looks like an alien spaceship freshly landed from an extrasolar [...]