Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ko Verzuu

@ CODA Museum

Brighten up your child’s bedroom with colorful wooden vintage toy cars made by Dutch designer Ko Verzuu and his team at ADO. They made a fantastic colorful collection of wooden toys back in the 1930′s-1950′s in the Netherlands. However, Ko Verzuu’s team was much different than most toy companies,  since most of the workers were patients in the sanatorium, Berg and Bosch. The workshop was part of a program designed to help patients transition from the sanatorium back into mainstream society and these beautiful handmade toys are the result. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ed Ruscha

The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas

September 25 - December 2, 2012 

 "Schriftmusterbuch" (Font sample book), 16th/ early 17th century
In April 1961, a young graphic designer and artist from the American Midwest named Ed Ruscha boarded a passenger ship to Europe, accompanied by his mother Dorothy and brother Paul. From Paris they set off on a road trip that would take in seventeen countries in seven months. Ruscha's brother stayed for two months, and his mother for four. The remainder of the time he travelled alone. Among the places he visited were some of the continent's great museums: the Prado in Madrid, the Louvre in Paris, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. "Europe," Ruscha later recalled, "added the weight of history to the whole picture." Shortly after his return to the United States, Ruscha's debut solo exhibition opened at the legendary Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. It marked the beginning of a remarkable career in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and graphic design that has established him as one of the most restlessly inventive and internationally respected artists of our time.

 Exactly 50 years later, Ruscha was invited by the Kunsthistorisches Museum to return to Vienna, to spend time with its collections and curators. 
This exhibition, for which each object was personally chosen by the artist, is the result. 
LINK Museum, Vienna

Friday, September 28, 2012

Abdul Vas

Rock N' Roll Train, 2007. C-print, 51.1 x 66.9 inches

Abdul Vas (born 15 March 1981 in Maracay, Venezuela) is a contemporary artist known for his highly expressive depictions of roosters. After studies in Venezuela and the Netherlands he lives and works in Amsterdam and Madrid. Abdul Vas work broaches heavily the obsessions of his home country Venezuela with the symbols of the American dream. Heavily influenced by Marc Chagall and James Ensor, Vas's work heavily consists of depictions of roosters that represent the masculine element of the American cowboy-culture. Therefore his pictures are full of references to the National Rifle Association, the American baseball team Cincinnati Reds or SUVs. Another common theme in his work is the Australian rock group AC/DC, particularly lead singer Brian Johnson. Many of his other artworks are named after AC/DC songs or albums.
LINK Abdul Vas

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Impakt Festival

In 2012, the Impakt Festival heralds the end of the dominance of the Western media culture. Central to the 23rd edition of the Impakt Festival will be the changes within the media landscape as a result of the drastic economical and geopolitical shifts on the world stage.
LINK Impakt Festival

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ed Annink

Ed Annink was a product designer, curator and teacher. His products are on the international consumer market under such labels as Driade, Authentics, Royal VKB, Purple South, Kwantum and Nexus computers. On his initiative, books are published, exhibitions are organized and archives of our cultural heritage are made accessible to the public. One of his most recent projects is Design Den Haag 2010 - 2018, a ten-year program focusing on design and government in Europe. Annink created the exhibition program for the first edition in 2010 (in Den Haag and Berlin). Ed Annink was co-owner and creative director of Ontwerpwerk, a multidisciplinary design office in Amsterdam and Den Haag. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jan Reymond

A quaint Swiss town close to France, in a charming place called Romainmôtier there was a used book fair and a book-loving artist named Jan Reymond. Jan wanted to ‘give the unsold books a last life before they were thrown away. So he decided to create artistic works throughout his town following each book fair to do just this. 
LINK Jan Reymond

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tourist Information Istanbul

In Rotterdam a temporary tourist information centre for Istanbul is created. Photographers Kim Bouvy and Hans Wilschut offer their vision of the highly populated city of Istanbul. 
The enormous changes that have swept through Istanbul are also visible in its urban planning. For Tourist Information Istanbul, they visited both the city’s. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stedelijk Museum

Tuesday, june 24, 2008 (DPhoto)

Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum will finally re-open its doors to the public on Sunday after a 9-year renovation. The museum’s extensive collection includes works dating back to the end of the 19th century. Many of those works that we now consider beautiful were highly controversial then. And that’s a tradition the Stedelijk intends to continue. LINK Stedelijk Museum 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Giuseppe Capogrossi

A Retrospective @ Peggy Guggenheim

September 29, 2012 - February 10, 2013 

Surface 1957

With Capogrossi. A Retrospective, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection pays tribute to a major figure in the first generation of post war artists who, with his painting Surface 210 (1957), has been represented in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation since 1958. The distinctive “sign” of Giuseppe Capogrossi (1900 - 1972), like Lucio Fontana’s gesture of piercing the canvas, or the materiality of Alberto Burri’s works, has left an indelible mark on the history of Italian art in the 20th century. This exhaustive retrospective explores Capogrossi’s unique contribution to 20th - century art, tracing the evolution of his signature abstract style of grandiose orchestrations of mark and color, and its numerous variations over the subsequent decades. With his teemingly inventive deployment of his fork-like symbol, Capogrossi became synonymous with the Italian boom of the 50s and 60s, a period of optimism and rapid economic expansion. 
LINK Peggy Guggenheim

Friday, September 21, 2012

El Status

Lourdes Correa-Carlo

El Status is a web platform that helps you enter the fascinating Puerto Rican art scene - on the island and in the Diaspora. 
LINK El Status

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Miwa Matreyek

@ Vimeo

Matreyek performs in a multimedia production using projected animation she has created. Her silhouette becomes an integral part of a fantastical world. She traverses oceanscapes and cityscapes as she conjures magical domestic scenes with light and shadow. She becomes an island, walks among illuminated buildings, and ducks colored creatures dropping from the sky. What the viewer sees on the screen is a collapsed product of multiple layers of animation, objects and body, dissolving the barriers between the real and the illusory.
LINK Miwa Matreyek

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Georges Seurat

@ the Art Institute of Chicago

LINK Art Institute

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The wall of Moore

"The Building Centre at the Weena from architect Boks is one of the main symbols and nerve centers of not only the Rotterdam but also Dutch reconstruction. It represents a rare experimental wealth for as an important institutional building. Finally, it is the bearer of a very large and very unique work of one of the most important sculptors of postwar Europe. "
The wall of Moore is not long in its original location in the original building no one on the Weena. The building - the bearer of Wall Relief No.. 1 - will soon be demolished and will, as part of the masterplan Central District to make way for a new building. The work of Henry Moore is here replaced. 
LINK The wall of Moore

Saturday, September 15, 2012

24 straight hours

This year, Rotterdam opens the cultural season in a very unusual way. Starting at 17.00 on Saturday, 15 September, culture is placed in the spotlight for 24 straight hours. For the duration, Rotterdam will be dominated by theatre, dance, visual art, music, film, architecture and design, offering visitors the chance to experience and enjoy an attractive, varied and surprising programme. 
LINK 24 straight hours

Friday, September 14, 2012



Raumlabor is currently working in Rotterdam to prepare their latest project for the ‘Wereld van Witte de With’ festival, which will take place between 14 and 16 September. The festival’s theme for this year is ‘The Street – Live!’, focusing on new ways to use and experience public spaces. We asked Timm five questions about Raumlabor, his views on enhancing public space, and ‘Limousine Service’, the office’s current intervention on the streets of Rotterdam. 
LINK Read more:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Erik van Vugt

Pure Entertainment
Dickens Choir
In 2007 he founded Pure Entertainment on. A prominent part of this is Dickens Choir Pure, an a cappella Christmas choir. Erik arranges the music and leads the (professional / skilled) singers. A year later he moved from Fontys Jazz Choir Vocal Group to Be Sharp! in Utrecht, where he was conductor. Erik was also musical director of Voïsz: Take Two. And also worked as a conductor of vocal group Pabo, Helmond.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dutch elections

Positions H66 And now ahead! On the way to a prosperous, sustainable future. Check out our views and vote on 
September 12 H66! 

Bulgarian coins

The lev (Bulgarian: лев, plural: лева, левове / leva[2], levove) is the currency of Bulgaria. It is divided in 100 stotinki (стотинки, singular: stotinka, стотинка). In archaic Bulgarian the word "lev" meant "lion". 
LINK Bulgarian coins

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

De Wereld van Witte de With festival

De Wereld van Witte de With festival aims to take festival-goers beyond the limitations of passively experiencing the city. Viewers become participants. De Wereld van Witte de With amazes, surprises and wrong-foots visitors, encouraging them to look at their environment with fresh eyes. The projects presented offer creative and alternative solutions to social issues, going far further than the conventions of architecture and urban design. And Witte de Withstraat is the ideal location for such inspiring projects. It’s the most vibrant street in the city – and the nexus of the city’s dynamic cultural life. All this is captured by the festival agenda, which gives people a chance to take the initiative and take action for the common good.
LINK De Wereld van Witte de With festival

Monday, September 10, 2012

1920s TomTom

The Wrist Mounted Original

The device was on display as part of the British Library's "Weird and Wonderful Inventions and Gadgets" exhibition several years ago. 
The Mail Online theorized that the device never saw mass uptake not because of its flaws, but because it was invented too early; that there were reportedly not enough motorists in the 1920s to support mass manufacture. 
LINK The Wrist Mounted Original

Sunday, September 09, 2012

More Than Sound

05 Sep - 02 Dec 2012 
@ Bonniers Konsthall

Bonniers Konsthall opens this fall with the group exhibition More Than Sound which looks at the use and composition of music within contemporary artistic practices. Occupying the entire Konsthall and extending outdoors, More Than Sound also comprises an extensive series of events, workshops and concerts, the first of which were a considerable John Cage centennial celebration.
 LINK Bonniers Konsthall

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Lewis Hine

15.SEP.2012 - 06.JAN.2013 
@ Nederlands Fotomuseum

A detailed overview of the work of the famous American photographer Lewis Hine (1874 - 1940) from the collection of the George Eastman House. Including his famous photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building and the immigrants on Ellis Island. 
Hine photographed especially social issues like child labor in America to which he fought against. He is known for his humane portraits of European immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in New York (often departed from the Wilhelmina Pier!) At the beginning of the last century he made his famous book about the construction of the Empire State Building, Men at Work (1932). 
LINK Nederlands Fotomuseum

Friday, September 07, 2012


My first impulses to make art came from a need to create both a native language and place for myself. I grew up moving from Mexico to France to Spain to the US - the daughter of an American diplomat and a Scottish geologist. I became a keen observer of what is gained and lost in translation as people, books, and ideas move from culture to culture, context to context.
As an art student I became interested in exploring the liminal moment when a word becomes an image of a word. That was an opening for me to explore, through drawing and painting, the visual qualities of literary language. LINK ALEXANDRA GRANT

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Arnold Newman

Igor Stravinsky, 1946

Newman began his career in photography in 1938 working at chain portrait studios in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and West Palm Beach, and immediately began working in abstract and documentary photography on his own. In June of 1941, Beaumont Newhall of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Alfred Stieglitz “discovered” him, and he was given an exhibit with Ben Rose at the A.D. Gallery in September. There he began working on experimental portraiture, developing an approach that is widely influential in portrait photography today. In June of 1942, he returned home to Miami Beach, FL because of the war. In 1945 his Philadelphia Museum of Art one-man exhibit, “Artists Look Like This,” attracted nationwide attention.  Well established, he moved to New York in 1946 and opened his studio and became a member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP.) Newman’s new approach to portraiture began its influence through key publications in America and abroad.  Exhibits and purchases of his work by major museums quickly followed. In 1949, he married Augusta Rubenstein, and they had two sons, Eric, born 1950, and David, 1952. His wife died in 2009. They are survived by their two sons and four grandchildren. 
LINK Arnold Newman

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


Our design is a play on the iconic optometry (eye exam) chart but the test here is to see with the eyes of a typographer. There are 45 different fonts represented and all there is to go on are the capital “A” and lower case “a” for each. Perfect for lovers of type. Give one to your favorite type nerd and see how they do before you let them know the answers are on the back. 

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

A.R. Penck

@ Cardi Black Box Gallery 
September - November 2012

The retrospective that Cardi Black Box dedicated to the great German artist aims to document that fundamental part of A. R. Penck's artistic production that goes from the end of the '70s till the most recent works, exhibiting paintings and sculptures that bring back to the different phases of his research. On display are about 40 pieces, among them large canvasses and sculptures, where it's possible to track down the central themes and motifs of his aesthetic and his whole artistic investigation. Moreover, the show at Cardi Black Box gives to the public—with 14 bronzes on display—the occasion to better understand the sculptural work by Penck, to date still less known for the fewer number of shows focused on this part of his production. 
LINK Cardi Black Box Gallery

Monday, September 03, 2012


Buildings Made of Sky 
@ Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Since 2004, Wegner has photographed the urban canyons of various cities. By inverting the image, the silhouette of the sky assumes the shape of the skyscrapers that frame it. Wegner recalls his moment of epiphany: “Walking down the street in New York one day, I glanced up and saw an invisible building suspended between the others. It was upside down, the color of air. A few steps later, it disappeared. Then, around the next corner, I saw another building like the first. I felt that I had stumbled upon a secret city, luminous and strange ...” 
LINK K. G, Corcoran

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Offenes Kulturhaus Linz

30 August - 6 October 2012 

Anke Eckardt (DE)

The OK “Offenes Kulturhaus” in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter produces and presents new currents and trends in contemporary art, which always also reflect social developments. For years, the CyberArts Prix Ars Electronica exhibition has been an important part of the ambitious program of changing thematic exhibitions and solo presentations. Exciting developments in media art become evident, particularly in the cooperation with the Ars Electronica Festival.
LINK Offenes Kulturhaus

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Yin Xiuzhen

Yin Xiuzhen is one of the most active woman artists in today´s China. She is an avantgarde installation artist, mirroring the environment around her. She began showing her work in the late eighties, around the time she graduated from the Beijing Capital Normal University. 
In recent years she has made a number of installations both in the galleries and outside. LINK Yin Xiuzhen