Monday, October 31, 2011

El Dia de los Muertos @ Fabricati

El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado , flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2. (DPhoto)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Larry Fink

Larry Fink was an early admirer of Henry Cartier-Bresson’s work and studied in the 1960s with Lisette Model, who encouraged him to pursue a career as a photographer. Born in Brooklyn in 1941, Fink originally looked to the city of New York for his photographic subject matter. Today he is perhaps best known for work produced in the 1970s documenting parties.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

‘DREAMACHINE’ (1960) @ Contour 2011 Mechelen

multi-media installation, produced by Pellens & Custers
Brion Gysin, ‘Dreamachine’ (1960). Installation view ‘Brion Gysin: Dreamachine’, 2010, Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes. © Blaise Adilon

The ‘Dreamachine’ is a mechanical apparatus invented by Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville in 1960. It consists of a cylinder perforated by numerous patterned slits, mounted upon a record player turntable, with a light bulb hanging in the middle of the cylinder. As the cylinder spins upon the record player, light emerges through the slits at a rate of 8 to 13 flashes per second. This creates the possibility for the viewer of an illusory visual experience induced by stimulating the brain’s alpha waves. With its connection to music through the use of the record player, and the staccato rhythm of the flickering light, the ‘Dreamachine’ is a proto-light art device. It is best experienced with the eyes closed, and is considered to be the first artwork made to be ‘viewed’ this way.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lange Nacht der Kölner Museen (Long Cologne Museum Night)

More than 40 museums, cultural institutions, and exhibition projects will join to present themselves with a side programme of events: international artists, concerts, dance, and theatre performances.
5 november 2011. (DPhoto)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Great Moments in Glamour

Cecil Beaton, George Hoyningen-Huene, and Horst P. Horst were among the leading fashion photographers of the twentieth century.(Last photo: Coco Chanel @ Hotel Ritz)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Der Kölner Dom

This triptych, which was painted sometime around 1442 by the Cologne-based artist Stefan Lochner (d.1451) for Cologne’s city council chapel, is the most significant example of the Late Gothic Cologne school of painting.

Tomb monument with effigy, Count Gottfried of Arnsberg (d.1371)

The St Agilulfus altar-piece, a polyptych that once decorated the high altar in the Gothic east choir of the Church of Maria ad Gradus in Cologne, is one of the largest and most important of all Antwerp carved altar-pieces. (DPhoto)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Käthe Kollwitz museum Köln

The first Käthe Kollwitz museum, unique with its worldwide most comprehensive and complete Kollwitz collection, was founded on 22 April 1985, the 40th anniversary of the artist's death. (DPhoto)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Museum Ludwig

The collection at Museum Ludwig covers the major currents and approaches in twentieth century and contemporary art. The core collection was amassed by a Cologne lawyer, Dr. Josef Haubrich (1889-1961). Directly after World War 2, in May 1946, he presented the City of Cologne with his Expressionism collection (Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, August Macke, Otto Mueller) and works by other representatives of Classical Modernism (Marc Chagall, Otto Dix). In October 1946 a selection of 100 paintings was presented for the first time in the old University of Cologne... (DPhoto)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Max Ernst Museum Brühl

Is the first and only museum worldwide dedicated to the large œuvre of Max Ernst (1891-1976), artist of a century and cosmopolitan. It offers a review of the versatile work of the Dadaist and Surrealist whose imagery worlds are characterised by a stunning creativity and a remarkable force of inspiration. (DPhoto)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

George Grosz

"Kunst ist Für mich keine ästhetische Angelegenheit"

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Chris Martin spends much of his working day deleting emails from misguided Coldplay fans, but any remaining time is spent tongue to cheek and crayons in hand.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Luuk Wilmering

L’exposition intitulée Une Histoire Naturelle @ L’Institut Néerlandais

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

klat magazine

Dutch design agency Gummo was awarded a prestigious commission to design a new series of postage stamps for the TNT Post (now Post NL).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

iPod Touch Paintings

Using only his finger tips, Japanese artist Seikou Yamaoka creates complex and beautiful paintings with his iPod touch during a train commute over several hours. By building up strokes of color on his 3.5-inch screen, he produces an array of compelling portraits.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Piet van der Aa

Vertical Balancing Interval 1995
Before van der Aa left the Netherlands he destroyed all his art and objects except this one.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Jonathan Ive

The Designer Behind Some of Apple's Most Influential Products

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

temporary stedelijk 2

Do It! - load it! event revolves around the presentation of three video games developed by visual artists in collaboration with game designers: 
Sollmann (Part 1: The Harbour) by Marcel van Eeden and Jorrit de Vries 
FLX. by Han Hoogebrugge and Sander van der Vegte
 Styleclash – The Painting Machine Construction Kit by Jochem van der Spek.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Originally the VOC logo was used by the Dutch East India Company to identify company property and can still be seen in parts of the world.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Who is Willem Hussem?

The painter, poet and sculptor Willem Hussem is honoured with a festival in Theater Dakota in the month October. Location: Theater Dakota/ZUID57, Zuidlarenstraat 57, Den Haag

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Aziz + Cucher

'Synaptic Bliss: Villette' (2011) 4-channel video installation with surround sound, Dimensions variable, 16' loop Added by Gazelli Art House, London on March 23, 2011 at 9:56 am.

“Passage” (2002) is a 5-minute digital video and sound installation commisioned by the Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; and the Netherlands Institute for Architecture, Rotterdam.