Saturday, January 11, 2020

Kees Koomen @ De Aanschouw

Overschilderschilderij Painting 141

'The Overschilderschilderij' (oil paint, 50 cm x 60 cm, 2002-present) Since May 24 2002, artist Daan den Houter has invited art painters to make an oil painting on the same canvas. Each painting is shown for 1 week in the smallest gallery from Rotterdam: De Aanschouw (Witte de Withstraat 80b, Rotterdam). Then the canvas goes to the next painter for a new layer. In 2012 this work was nominated for the Royal Dutch Painters Award. In 2014 it hung in honor of the 100th layer, in a solo presentation in the Boijmans van Beuningen museum. The previous works can be viewed at
LINK aanschouw

Monday, January 06, 2020

Valia Balkanska

For Baba's birthday today (99) in Plovdiv Bulgaria

Valia Balkanska is part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music

Valya Mladenova Balkanska (Bulgarian: Валя Младенова Балканска) (born 8 January 1942) is a Bulgarian folk music singer from the Rhodope Mountains known locally for her wide repertoire of Balkan folk songs, but in the West mainly for singing the song "Izlel ye Delyo Haydutin", part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. Born in a hamlet near the village of Arda, Smolyan Province, Balkanska has been singing Rhodope folk songs since her early childhood. She performs a repertoire of over 300 songs in Bulgaria and abroad. Balkanska is most famous in the West for "Izlel ye Delyo Haydutin", which she recorded in 1968 accompanied by the bagpipe (gaida) players Lazar Kanevski and Stephan Zahmanov. Her best-known recording was made in the late 1960s by the American explorer of Bulgarian folklore Martin Koening and was released on vinyl in the United States. A few years later, a specimen of the record accidentally fell among the purchased records for the preparation of the Golden Record, a message from the Earth to fly out of the Solar System aboard two identical spacecraft from the NASA Voyager program. The song was included in the final 90-minute musical selection by Carl Sagan and flew first on the Voyager 2, which was launched on August 20, 1977, and two weeks later on September 5, 1977, on the Voyager 1. On August 25, 2012, Voyager 1 became the first object of human origin to leave the Heliosphere and to enter Interstellar medium. LINK The song (Youtube)
Petia and Dolf Rotterdam The Netherlands

Monday, December 16, 2019


Photography Dolf Pauw

Panamarenko was a contemporary Belgian artist known for his mixed-media sculptures of airplanes, zeppelins, and flying saucers. Despite being modeled after aerodynamic engineering, Panamerenko's works are not necessarily capable of flight—an irony deliberately invoking the sentiment found in the myth of Icarus. Most of his work involves the history of engineering and aviation as a metaphor for failure, hope, and human exploration. Born Henri Van Herwegen on February 5, 1940 in Antwerp, Belgium, he was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 1968, one of the artist’s biggest influences Joseph Beuys invited Panamerenko to exhibit his Flugzeug piece at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. He has gone on to exhibit his works globally at spaces like the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. A retrospective of his works was held in 2005 at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels. LINK site Panamarenko

Friday, November 15, 2019

IDFA DocLab Rozsypne

IDFA's key new media from Friday, November 22nd to Tuesday, November 26th. 

Rozsypne (DocLab: Exhibition) 11:00 - 21:00 @ Tolhuistuin

IDFA’s new media program DocLab has been exploring the art of interactive and immersive non-fiction since 2007. Over the years, IDFA DocLab has developed into one of the leading platforms for interactive documentary art and storytelling. Every year, we commission new pieces, initiate collaborations between artists, and offer a wide range of industry activities to support those shaping the landscape of emerging media and art. During the festival we showcase the best new interactive documentary art through two competition programs, a physical exhibition, and a series of experimental live events to present undefined art forms to a wider audience. Tolhuistuin – IJpromenade 2 

In the summer of 2014, the village of Rozsypne in the eastern Ukrainian countryside found itself in the midst of a raging civil war, the lives of its inhabitants unsettled by the destruction and chaos at their doorstep. But the suffering of Rozsypne only made international news after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down, killing all 298 passengers and raining debris, bodily remains and other traces of human life over the fields and homes of the village-whose name translates as “scattered.” While international coverage of the crash mostly centered on Western European lives, this poetic roomscale VR experience offers a fragmented window into the life of Nina, an elderly woman living in Rozsypne. Moving through the distinctive Ukrainian sunflower fields, we witness the details of Nina’s austere but cozy home and experience the feeling of this faraway reality up close. A vivid and brightly colored exploration of mourning, endurance, and common human feeling. LINK IDFA

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Santa Maria

Funchal, oktober 12, Replica of vessel “Santa Maria” is passing the port of Funchal 2019 (Madeira, Portugal).

A carrack was a three- or four-masted ocean-going sailing ship that was developed in the 14th to 15th centuries in Europe (mainly Portugal). Evolved from the single-masted cog, the carrack was first used for European trade from the Mediterranean to the Baltic and quickly found use with the newly found wealth of the trans-Atlantic trade between Europe, Africa and then the Americas. In their most advanced forms, they were used by the Portuguese for trade between Europe and Asia starting in the late 15th century

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed a small fleet of three small ships west from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean, hoping to find a shorter route to the riches of Asia. Before his voyages, Chinese and Indian luxuries for European markets were transported over the long and hazardous overland route through Arabia. The three-masted vessel Santa Maria was the largest of Columbus’s expeditionary vessels and his flagship. Measuring around 70 feet in length, it carried a crew of 40 men. The Santa Maria and Columbus’s other fleet members the Niña and the Pinta were older ships used for coastal trading rather than vessels designed for ocean crossings. Nine weeks after the little fleet left Spain, land was sighted in the Caribbean on 12 October 1492, but exactly which island Columbus’s crew first spotted remains disputed. LINK Christopher Columbus

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Jolanda Jansen

@ MÊKH-web Live sunday 10 06 2019 
Report and Photography by Dolf Pauw

LINK: Jolanda Jansen

Monday, October 07, 2019

MÊKH-web Live 2

Photography: Kees Koomen, Ellen Rodenberg, Marie Pauw and Dolf Pauw.

One of the projects from: Dolf Pauw last sunday at QUARTAIR The Hague.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

MÊKH-web Live

MÊKH-web / live 13 jaar EX-MÊKH 

MÊKH-web Live! will take place this weekend
at QUARTAIR: Toussaintkade 55, 2513 CN, The Hague
Remaining opening times: 5, 6 October 13-17:00

Yesterday the invasion of the invited artists of the last weekend of MÊKH-web began at 1:00 pm. 

Featuring: Topp and Dubio, Machiel van Soest, Zaida Oenema, Stijn Peeters, Nies Vooijs, Riet Vooijs, Lucius Pax, Corine Barendregt, Loes Grotenbreg, Roeland Langendoen, Diederik Gerlach, Helène Penninga, Marisa Polin, Leontine Lieffering, Dolf Pauw, Miranda Meijer, Marlies Adriaanse, Laura van Eeden, Alfred Beekenkamp, among others.

Performances will be done sunday afternoon by Jolanda Jansen, Frans van Lent, Charlotte van Winden, Kees Koomen adding to the work of Marian Wijnvoord, Niels Post, Frans van Lent, Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers and Kees Koomen. 

Mêkh-web live! will receive all invited artists for a joined venture. It will be a weekend of exploring art on and of.
 Over more than 20 artists are invited to join between the 6 artists who where already in this exhibition.
 Today and the day after, all the new artists will be anounced. LINK MÊKH-web

Friday, September 27, 2019

Before I Exhibit a canvas in The Hague @ EX-MÊKH, watch this:

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg chastised world leaders Monday, Sep. 23, for failing younger generations by not taking sufficient steps to stop climate change. "You have stolen my childhood and my dreams with your empty words," Thunberg said at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York. "You're failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.
LINK Greta Thunberg's speech to world leaders