Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ping Ping

@ Willem Kerseboom Gallery

This series of works by the Balinese artist Ping Ping is about a boy who is apparently under the spell of cartoon characters. The heroes are Superman, Batman and Zorro. Typical heroes for boys. 
LINK Willem Kerseboom Gallery

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Veendorp Collection

Life’s work of a caring collector
13 October 2012 - 17 March 2013

The collection of the Groningen art collector Reurt Jan Veendorp consists of more than 400 unique objects including paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and ceramics. The emphasis lies on Dutch art from the second half of the nineteenth and the first decades of the twentieth centuries.
LINK Groninger Museum

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Melnik Wine

Year 2001 

Melnik area is one of the wine regions in Bulgaria. Traditions in cultivating vines here are very old. The beginning was in the middle Ages and with the developing of the town in XVII - XVIII c. they became stronger. Even now, in the old Melnik’s houses cellars could be seen, hewn in the rocks. Mild climate and the great number of sunny days in the year contribute for vine growing. Melnik wine is made of an Old Bulgarian sort of vine- wide-leaf Melnik vine. 
It is distinguished with its taste, deep red colour and splendid aroma. The fame of Melnik wine spreads all over the world. 
LINK wine tasting melnik

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo, Vesela Koleda i chestita nova godina, Sing Dan Fae Lok. Gung Hai Fat Choi, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Noflike Kryst en in Lokkich Nijjier, Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou, Meri Kurisumasu soshite Akemashite Omedeto, Wesołych Świąt i Szczęsliwego Nowego Roku, 
S nastupaiushchim Novym godom i s Rozhdestvom Khristovym!, Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun, Z novym rokom i s rizdvom Hrystovym. fijne feestdagen. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012


@ Today 
9 December 2012 - 6 January  2013 
No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District

In a world where we are bombarded with sleek bodies and seductive poses, it can be refreshing when someone makes a point of exposing the flawed human figure that we all really are. Li Jin is such an artist. He doesn’t just portray the human form with all its imperfections and blemishes, but he celebrates them.  Relishing in the banal, he focuses on everyday activities such as bathing, eating, reading…or simply doing nothing at all. LINK LI JIN

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground

@ Tito's Atomic shelter

Project D-0 ARK Underground, stationed in the space of the Atomic shelter in Konjic, 45km south of Sarajevo, is known as Tito's atomic shelter. The CODE name is Istanbul. The shelter occupies a space of 6.500 square meters and consists of 12 connected blocks. 
The construction and existence of this bunker was kept secret until the 1990s. The object is still under the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Biennial Directorate wants to protect it and keep it preserved with the help of artists and their artworks. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Constant Permeke


On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the death of
Constant Permeke, BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts presents a major retrospective of 130 works by this important Flemish Expressionist. The American Club of Brussels is offering members and friends a guided visit to this exhibition which gives a contemporary vision of some of the themes explored by Permeke in the course of his career. Constant Permeke (1886-1952) was a Belgian painter and sculptor, and a leading figure in the Flemish Expressionist movement. This exhibition presents, chronologically and thematically, more than 130 paintings, drawings, and sculptures that reveal the major themes in Permeke’s œuvre. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

The American Indian

Art and Culture between Myth and Reality 
14 December 2012 – 14 April 2013 
@ Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam

Winter Count ( Yanktonai Sioux), 1911 
Detroit Institute of Arts / The Bridgeman Art Library, London 

In the winter of 2012/2013, De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam will present an exhibition about the artistic traditions of American Indians, the indigenous peoples of the North American continent. Exploring seven different regions, the exhibition will paint a picture of the rich and diverse arts and cultures of these Native American peoples. More than two hundred works of art and artefacts will transport visitors to the prairies of the Midwest, the plains around the Great Lakes, the shores of California, Canada’s west coast, and the homes of the Navajo and the Inuit. LINK Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Edward Hicks

Edward Hicks was a coach and sign painter from an early age. 
In middle age he began to produce paintings of farm scenes and landscapes in a naive, or folk, style. Fearing that art was contrary to his Quaker religion but believing that it might bring meaning to life, he often framed his pictures with edifying verse.
LINK Hicks (athenaeum)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Chay Hawes

Retro Name Prints

This is an A3 digital print, customisable with the name of your choice. An ideal gift for a child, baby, or perhaps for a baby-boomer who remembers this vintage style from the first time around! The design owes much to the "Cartoon Modern" illustrations of the mid-twentieth century with a simple continuous line forming robots and a rocket - Ideal for Roberts, Ryans, Rubies, Rebeccas or any other "R" name!
LINK Chay Hawes

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nam June Paik

@ American Art Museum 
Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii 1995

When Nam June Paik came to the United States in 1964, the interstate highway system was only nine years old, and superhighways offered everyone the freedom to "see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet." Walking along the entire length of this installation suggests the enormous scale of the nation that confronted the young Korean artist when he arrived. Neon outlines the monitors, recalling the multicolored maps and glowing enticements of motels and restaurants that beckoned Americans to the open road. The different colors remind us that individual states still have distinct identities and cultures, even in today's information age. LINK American Art Museum

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oskar Fischinger


From December 16th 2012 through March 17th 2013, EYE in collaboration with the Center for Visual Music in Los Angeles presents a major exhibition on the work of Oskar Fischinger, a pioneer of the animation film and abstract cinema. This German-American avant-garde filmmaker made short films that were highly influential in the development of the animation film, music video and computer graphics. The exhibition Oskar Fischinger (1900-1967): Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction, which also focuses on his earliest experiments and inventions, is accompanied by an extensive film program.
LINK eye

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Zhang Xiaogang


Zhang Xiaogang was born in 1958 in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in southern China. When the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, Zhang’s parents were forced to give up their government posts, leave Zhang and his three brothers behind, and go to a “study camp” in the countryside. Following the collapse of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, Zhang was accepted into the prestigious Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts in Chongqing in 1977. In 1995 Zhang Xiaogang presented his Bloodline: Big Family series in an exhibition entitled The Other Face. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

klek-shops in Sofia

via Trendbeheer, Niels Post

"klek-shop" is the Bulgarian expression for a shop where you have to cower down, if you want to buy something, because they are celar-shops and offering and buying goes through the small celar-window. they are one of the many private solutions in the economical crisis since the change of system in 1990 in Bulgaria and worth to be shown in a speciale feature with interviews etc. (as intended by me somewhen). LINK klek-shops

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Mike Kelley

@ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
December 15, 2012 - April 1, 2013

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents MIKE KELLEY, the first major international traveling exhibition organized by the Stedelijk since its expansion and renovation. MIKE KELLEY is the largest exhibition of the artist's work to-date and the first comprehensive survey since 1993.  Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954-2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions-which he set in relation to relentless self- and social examinations, both dark and delirious. LINK Stedelijk Museum

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Sandra van Nieuwland

Sandra van Nieuwland has just been eliminated in The Voice of Holland. The sensation of this season is not in the finals, where participants with lesser standing are. An incredible missed opportunity. But perhaps just as well. It seems also funny as next week, not one of the finalists is number one in the top 30, but Sandra van Nieuwland the actual winner. LINK Dutchpopchart

Friday, December 07, 2012

Konstantin Achkov

Cardboard chair

My interest in the Tensegrity sculpture and my experience, have naturally led to my future development in the direction of the same style. Further improving my know-how as a PhD student,
I was looking for applying the Tensegrity style in the furniture design.
In my opinion, this is a new basis of the form-creation, demanded by the logics of the minimalism and the natural approach not only to the sculpture but also to the architecture.
LINK Achkov

Thursday, December 06, 2012


@ the Dam Amsterdam

Sinterklaas [sɪntər'klaːs] (or more formally Sint Nicolaas or Sint Nikolaas; Saint Nicolas in French; Sankt Nikolaus in German) is a traditional winter holiday figure still celebrated today in the Low Countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as French Flanders and Artois. He is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire, including Aruba, Suriname, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Indonesia. He is one of the sources of the holiday figure of 
Santa Claus in North America.
Although he is usually referred to as Sinterklaas, he is also known as De Goedheiligman (The Good Holy Man), Sint Nicolaas [sɪnt 'nikolaːs] (Saint Nicholas) or simply as De Sint (The Saint). He is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas' eve (5 December) in the Netherlands or on the morning of 6 December in Belgium and Northern France. Originally, the feast celebrates the name day of Saint Nicholas – patron saint of children, sailors, and the city of Amsterdam, among others. 
Sint Nicholas being a bishop and this geographical spread make clear that the feast in this form has a Roman Catholic background.
LINK Sinterklaas

Monday, December 03, 2012

The Grateful Dead Archive

The Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO) is a socially constructed collection comprised of over 45,000 digitized items drawn from the UCSC Library’s extensive Grateful Dead Archive (GDA) and from digital content submitted by the community and global network of Grateful Dead fans. LINK Grateful Dead

Sunday, December 02, 2012

St. Nicholas Day

Why Celebrate? 

So tell a story of St. Nicholas generous example of giving in secret to those in need. Then encourage children to identify a kindly "Nicholas deed" to do for someone else. Have children fill their shoes with pieces of carrot or bits of hay for his white horse or donkey. Place shoes outside bedroom doors or on the hearth. See that a candy treat 
(a candy cane represents Bishop Nicholas' crozier) and simple gift appears by morning on December 6th. 
LINK stnicholascenter

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Hermès Designs Stamps

for French Post 

Hermès is turning some of its iconic scarf designs into stamps for the French postal service’s annual Valentine’s Day “Heart” collection. The 2013 edition will feature the French luxury brand’s “De tout coeur” scarf design by Zoé Pauwels. 
Since 2000, La Poste has previously collaborated on the project with designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Givenchy and Lanvin. 

This edition will mark the first time it will be issuing a sheet of five stamps with different designs. The illustrations incorporate images of swans, hearts, shooting stars and a lyre, instrument of the messenger god Hermès.

The stamps will be available in all (French) post offices from Jan. 28. 
LINK nydailynews