Friday, July 22, 2016

251.000 Pageviews after (plus) ten years

So ... the world and art lovers I would like to thank you for your attention to my Artblog. I will keep going, sometimes the messages are not about art. But thanks for your visit on my Artblog! 
Greetings Dolf Pauw  LINK

New York’s Oldest Museums: Where Are They Now?

Note: The analog picture is better than the digital picture.

On an international scale, New York City isn’t an especially old city, but in its history from the 17th century to today quite a lot has changed in its urban landscape. Old NYC, a project by software engineer Dan Vanderkam, launched last month with thousands of images from the New York Public Library (NYPL) mapped across the five boroughs. Based on the NYPL’s 80,000 image collection Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s–1970s, Old NYC centers heavily on the 1920s to ’40s, with photographs by Percy Loomis Sperr. Vanderkam previously created an Old SF interactive map of photographs from the San Francisco Public Library, and Old NYC, created in collaboration with the NYPL, was an 18-month passion project. The New York City photograph collection began in the 1920s, not long after the opening of the new central library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The goal was to document the changing face of New York City, with a particular emphasis on new building construction, and on the structures torn down and replaced. The method is clear in this 1937 progress report by librarian Sylvester L. Vigilante on obtaining photographs: "The old Union League Building and site was taken care of and the erection of the new building is being covered.... Through the newspapers and tips from interested people, we get a line on demolitions, events and street changes." 
LINK The New York City library

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

No bombs or other things but Kunstgebouw Kookboek

2002 edition 
Collection dolfpauw 

Kunstgebouw makes visible what has and promotes what might be in the area of cultural education in England. From the Art Building | Academy, we help schools, communities and culture providers to increase their professionalism. With Look | Arts and Science | Art, we offer two complete primary schools and related arts programs. 
LINK Kunstgebouw Rijswijk (Site in Dutch)

Sunday, July 17, 2016


To give his nation a modern outlook, Atatürk introduced many reforms: European hats replaced the fez; women stopped wearing the veil; all citizens took surnames; and the Islamic calendar gave way to the Western calendar. A vast transformation took place in the urban and rural life. It can be said that few nations have ever experienced anything comparable to the social change in Atatürk's Turkey. Legal Transformation "We must liberate our concepts of justice, our laws and legal institutions from the bonds which hold a tight grip on us although they are incompatible with the needs of our century." Between 1926 and 1930, the Turkish Republic achieved a legal transformation which might have required decades in most other countries. Religious laws were abolished, and a secular system of jurisprudence introduced. The concepts, the texts and contexts of the laws were made harmonious with the progressive thrust of Atatürk's Turkey. " The nation", Atatürk said, " has placed its faith in the precept that all laws should be inspired by actual needs here on earth as a basic fact of national life." Among the far-reaching changes were the new Civil Code, Penal Code, and Business Law, based on the Swiss, Italian and German models respectively. The new legal system made all citizens - men and women, rich and poor - equal before the law. It gave Turkey a firm foundation for a society of justice and equal rights. Social Reforms "The major challenge facing us is to elevate our national life to the highest level of civilization and prosperity." Atatürk's aim was to modernize Turkish life in order to give his nation a new sense of dignity, equality, and happiness. After more than three centuries of high achievement, the Ottoman Empire had declined from the 17th to the early 20th Century: With Sultans presiding over a social and economic system mired in backwardness, the Ottoman state had become hopelessly outmoded for the modern times. Atatürk resolved to lead his country out of the crumbling past into a brave new future. In his program of modernization, secular government and education played a major role. Making religious faith a matter of individual conscience, he created a truly secular system in Turkey, where the vast Moslem majority and the small Christian and Jewish minorities are free to practice their faith. As a result of Atatürk's reforms, Turkey -unlike scores of other countries- has fully secular institutions. The leader of modern Turkey aspired to freedom and equality for all. When he proclaimed the Republic, he announced that " the new Turkish State is a state of the people and a state by the people." Having established a populist and egalitarian system, he later observed: "We are a nation without classes or special privilidges." He also stressed the paramount importance of the peasants, who had long been neglected in the Ottoman times: " The true owner and master of Turkey is the peasant who is the real 
producer." LINK Atatürk


Coup, (1) Study social media, (2) Recruit unwitting young soldiers, (3) Hide yourself and wait, (4) Call CNN and call on your phone your supporters to take to the streets, (5) Fly back greet your constituency and (6) Eliminate your enemies and rule of law. Failed coup. 
LINK independent

Priemgeval (Priem Case)

Photo 1: Unknown 
Photo 2: Rob Wolvenne

When you're 11, 
you're a prime number. 
I hate primes. 
"Priem Case" are not honest. 
You belong nowhere near, you can not move. 
Out of pity them stroke over your head, 
but that's not the intention. 
Because actually you are ... great. 
What you say you're eleven! 

Eight actors viewed their most charming pictures of when they were eleven. The age at which you're just not a child anymore, but still far from mature - between tablecloth and napkin. She tried to remember how they did back then, thought and dreamed. A youth who was still on all sides ... and went. LINK artemis (in Dutch)

Arthur Köpcke

“Insert words.” 
Photo: Arthur Köpcke

A 91-year-old woman has been questioned by police in Germany - after she filled in the blanks in a piece of modern art based on a crossword puzzle. The pensioner, who has not been named under German privacy law, was questioned under caution after she filled in the work valued at €80,000 with a biro. "Reading-work-piece", a 1977 work by Arthur Köpcke of the Fluxus movement, essentially looks like an empty crossword puzzle. Next to the work is a sign which reads: “Insert words”. The hapless pensioner explained to police that she was simply following the instructions. “The lady told us she had taken the notes as an invitation to complete the crossword,”. 
LINK Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Murphy's Laws

@ Easy Repro one week ago and more went wrong that day 
the PIN unit broke down, Photo dolf pauw

Murphy's Law ("If anything can go wrong, it will") was born at Edwards Air Force Base in 1949 at North Base. It was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981, (a project) designed to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash. One day, after finding that a transducer was wired wrong, he cursed the technician responsible and said, "If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it."The contractor's project manager kept a list of "laws" and added this one, which he called Murphy's Law. read more…  LINK murphys-laws

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age

@ Hermitage Amsterdam 
Photo: Evert Elzinga

Thirty enormous 17th century group portraits from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum have been brought together for the first time and will be on display in the Hermitage Amsterdam. These "brothers and sisters" of the Night Watch are unique in the world and rarely seen due to their size. They show us regents, archers and merchants from all different classes, backgrounds and religions, standing shoulder to shoulder like brothers. Together they illustrate the story of the collective citizenship that is so typical of the Netherlands. They serve as a reflection for us, because the relationship they had back then forms the basis for our modern-day standards and social interaction. LINK hermitage

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Victor Jara

Zamba del Che

Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist. A distinguished theatre director, he developed Chilean theatre by directing a broad array of works, ranging from locally produced Chilean plays, to the classics of the world stage, to the experimental work of such playwrights as Ann Jellicoe. He also played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric musicians who established the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement; this led to an uprising of new sounds in popular music during the administration of Salvador Allende. Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, Jara was arrested; he was tortured under interrogation and ultimately shot dead. His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago. The contrast between the themes of his songs, on love, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a "potent symbol of struggle for human rights and justice" for those killed during the Pinochet regime. LINK youtube LINK Extra

Monday, June 27, 2016

After 40 years the puzzle is back

Design dolf pauw 1975 
Thanks! Jeanette van der Does

LINK puzzle

Friday, June 17, 2016

Museum Voorlinden Wassenaar

Kraaijvanger architects 

Philip Akkerman a part of the Caldic collection. Photo dolf pauw

The new exhibition building for the Caldic Collection consists of a long sand-coloured building located at the Voorlinden estate - in a grass field at the edge of a forest - and features circa 6.700 m². The exhibition building has three components: alternating expositions, a fixed collection and space for displaying permanent pieces. They have been supplemented by supporting and generic functions, like a shop, auditorium, educational space, restoration workshop and a library. A visit to the exhibition building will be a complete experience, for which a number of ingredients are already present. The entrance to the park, with its view of the fields, the special atmosphere of the early 20th century patrician’s house, the walk through and along the garden and the many views across the estate. Opens in 2016
LINK museum Voorlinden

Friday, June 10, 2016

La Cité du Vin

Situated in Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin is a unique venue for culture and recreation where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations. At first sight, the architecture of the building certainly makes an impact. It is a journey in itself, creating a place filled with symbols of identity: the knotted vine stocks, wine turning in the glass, the swirls and eddies of the Garonne river. Each and every architectural detail evokes liquid elements and the very soul of wine. Comprising more than 13,350m2 spread over ten levels and reaching a height of 55 metres, La Cité du Vin invites you to step in and explore. The bold architectural design by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières from XTU architects is impressive for its shape and audacious curves, as well as its ever-changing reflections depending on the season, the day or the time. Allow yourself to be transported by this sensation of movement, of uninterrupted flow between the exterior and interior of the structure. Set off on your wine adventure beneath the wooden vault of the torus which reminds us of the massive hull of a ship putting to sea. LINK laciteduvin

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Exit on billboard

Are you ready to see this? Visit our site! LINK exityourstoryteller

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Rabin Huissen

'Evolving Works' 
til June 11, 2016 @ Phoebus

Rabin Huissen (Rotterdam, NL) is a conceptual artist whose works document his relationship to and journeys in the urban realm through ink drawings, paper cut-out collages, polaroid photography, and installations. In various ways, he investigates his presence while being present in time and place, by capturing fleeting moments in the here and now, as well as the past. Mostly sketching while traveling and being in movement, he later revives and re-enacts these experiences, mere moments after they lost their topicality. read more… LINK

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Jan Smejkal

@ Phoebus galeriespace beletage and several outdoor areas

Jan Smejkal exhibits on the long wall in the gallery space of beletage Phoebus Rotterdam an installation with text works include names of artists. It is about individual elements independently and indifferent compositions may function. combines Smejkal these works, unexpectedly, with spray paintings, in which the acrylic paint immediately sprang to the canvas and the time of commencement and termination are recorded on the reverse side of the cloth. The works show fresh colors, rhythmic, yet gentle contrasts - cuddly and painterly. Outside hangs a - out of context, but fantastic !! - Text painting to a tree on the Westersingel. In the garden of Phoebus Rotterdam a mirror Tisch. During Poetry International, 8-12 June Jan Smejkal shows text paintings in Witte de With kwartier - so be placed loosely on the street. And tables with text - in this case the names of poets - in the RO Theater. These works are sold after Poetry on Internet. 
LINK Phoebus LINK Poetry international

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Platform Werkplaatsen

WPZimmer Antwerpen

Platform Werkplaatsen is a joint venture between Dutch and Flemish workshops and labs for artists and designers. Technical workshops lead the way in facilitating craft techniques for and by artists and designers. Workshops are consistently developing, reflecting the changes in daily art practice, thereby creating innovative applications of old and new techniques. Their function has also shifted, from knowledge centre to junction within knowledge networks. This has created unexpected connections between art, science, business and society. Platform Werkplaatsen makes this development visible and examines the position and significance of workshops by organizing symposia and meetings. Platform Werplaatsen is supported by AiR Platform NL, platform for artist in-residence programs in the Netherlands. Platform Werkplaatsen is committed to  Bringing visibility to the extensive range of technical facilities, knowledge and expertise in the Netherlands and Flanders.  Mutual cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience.   Promoting the importance and significance of artistic workshops, in connection with art education, science, business, and social institutions. LINK platformwerkplaatsen LINK wpzimmer

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Stairs

From mid-May to mid-June, Rotterdam gets a temporary new eye-catcher: a giant stairs with 180 steps from Stationsplein, right in front of Groot Handelsgebouw. The scaffolding system, an idea by architects MVRDV, is a nod to 75 years of rebuilding the city, which is celebrated this year with the cultural event Rotterdam celebrates the city! The Stairs will be officially opened on 16 May by Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and will remain open until 12 June. Everyone is welcome to visit from 10:00 to 22:00. Admission is free. LINK read more

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hackers and Designers

Summer Academy 2016: 
At work. 
If you are so smart why are you so poor?

During the summer of 2016 Hackers and Designers invites an international group of ambitious artist, designers and developers for a 10 day hands-on workshop program, including collective dinners, lectures, a film program and a concluding exhibition… H and D believes that in order to develop a deeper understanding of the qualities and disadvantages of technology we need to look inside the black boxes of the technology that we heavily rely on in our daily physical and digital, our private and professional lives. Therefore we urge the participants of the summer academy to open the box, look inside it, rummage through it or even make their own boxes… LINK read more

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Learning Through Art

The Guggenheim Museum Collection
and collection dolf pauw

Brancusi, Chagall, Kandinsky, Leger, Lichtenstein, Malevich, Miro, Picasso, Ringgold, Rousseau, Severini, and Smith. This is the first children's book based on the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Inspired by Learning Through Art/ The Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program, it provides a fun way to learn about art and uses works of art to explore basic elementary school subjects such as math, science, language arts and social studies. Full-color reproductions of twelve masterpieces from the Guggenheim's collection form the basis of sections that are filled with information, exploratory questions, writing and drawing activities, fun facts, and suggestions for additional projects to do at home. Handsomely designed by Takaaki Matsumoto, its pages are specially coated so that writings and drawings made with washable marker will wipe off, allowing each activity to be done again and again for years to come. Geared toward ages 6 - 10, this book offers a delightful way for parents and children to share art together. Learning Through Art/ The Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program (LTA) was founded in 1970 by the late Natalie Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in the New York City public schools. Serving thousands of students annually, LTA focuses on increasing the learning and communication skills of elementary school children through an innovative multidisciplinary approach, and offers activities that are designed to supplement the classroom curriculum and increase children’s exposure to the arts. LINK art book

Monday, May 02, 2016

Game Changers @ MOMU Antwerp

Photo’s by Dolf Pauw 

The exhibition ‘Game Changers Reinventing the 20th century silhouette’  looks at the groundbreaking work of fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga whose innovations in the middle of the 20th century created a radically new silhouettte, in which the body got freedom of movement and architectural volumes created a space around the body. Along with the pioneers of haute couture in the 1920s and 1930s and later on also the designers of the 1980s and 1990s, Balenciaga provided an alternative for the prevailing constrictive hourglass silhouette. These ‘Game Changers’ looked at fashion of the 20th century from a new perspective. LINK MOMU