Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rineke Dijkstra

Hasselblad Award Winner 2017

Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra tends to work in series, concentrating on individual portraits. She focuses on people in a transitional stage of their life, such as women after giving birth in 'Mothers', adolescents and pre-adolescents on the beach in her 'Beach' series and new recruits in 'Israeli Soldiers'. Her subjects stand facing the camera against a minimal background. The simplicity of the resulting image encourages us to direct all our attention towards the isolated subject. Read more Hasselblad foundation

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trabant @ William Boothlaan Rotterdam

The first of the Trabants left the factory of the VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau in Saxony on 7 November 1957. The Trabant was a relatively advanced car when it was launched in 1958, with front wheel drive, a unitary construction, composite bodywork, and independent suspension. Its greatest downfall was its engine: by the late 1950s many small cars in western countries already used cleaner and more efficient four-stroke engines like that in the Renault. Budgetary constraints and raw materials shortages forced the use of an outdated but inexpensive two-stroke engine in the Trabant. When released, the Trabant was technically equivalent to the West German Lloyd automobile, which had an air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke engine in a similarly sized vehicle. However, the Trabant was quite a modern vehicle regarding some of its technical solutions:[citation needed] it had a front transversely-mounted engine since the late '50s, and front-wheel drive in an era when many east and west European cars were using rear-mounted engines or front-mounted engines with traction on the rear wheels. In West Germany, for example, there were very few cars with front-wheel drive in the 50's. Volkswagen, German Ford and Opel had adopted front-wheel drive after 1970. The main drawback of the Trabant was the fact that it was produced largely unchanged; it became heavily obsolete even since the 70's mainly due to its two-stroke engine, so its exports in Western Europe were limited. LINK read more

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

100th anniversary of the ‘De Stijl’

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the art movement known as ‘De Stijl’, NBTC Holland Marketing has declared 2017 the ‘Mondrian to Dutch Design’ Year. Various cities and regions throughout the Netherlands, including Utrecht and Amersfoort, will host parts of the Year's programme. De Stijl continues to have a tremendous influence on art, design, architecture and implements. Four of the most important De Stijl artists ‒ Piet Mondrian, Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg and Bart van der Leck ‒ were born in Utrecht or Amersfoort. Consequently, Utrecht & Amersfoort are showcasing these artists' heritage. In 2017, influential work by artists including Gerrit Rietveld and Piet Mondrian will be uniquely spotlighted in new exhibitions and events. Although Rietveld and Mondrian never met back in the day, this will be achieved symbolically in 2017 during the Mondrian to Dutch Design theme year. Businesses, shops and numerous organisations, too, will embrace the theme year with dozens of activities. 
And Dutch Post issues stamps. LINK Where?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

De Voordracht

@ WORM Rotterdam

De Voordracht Offers: The Performing Arts. Poetry, music and the spoken word all come under De Voordracht in WORM Rotterdam. Let yourself be accompanied by singer and composer Annelie Koning, blow over the lyrics of Sabina Lukovic, or confuse by the raring Tim Lenders. Josse Kok will rock the stage. With his algorithmic wordinggame, Christopher Blok will surprise the hall. After absorbing all the madness, PollyAnn brings ... read more @ link LINK WORM

Monday, May 08, 2017

Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

and the unknown performer

"Nothing Else Matters" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in 1992 as the third single from their self-titled fifth studio album, Metallica. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as well as top-ten positions on many European charts. "Nothing Else Matters" was featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. Recognized as one of Metallica's best known and most popular songs, it has become a staple in live performances. The song has been covered nearly a hundred times. LINK Resa LINK Metallica

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The spectacular of circus

Get bored, wonder and move at Circusstad Festival! Next year! The spectacular of circus, the creativity of theater, the beauty of dance and the thrill of live music: that's all to be found at Circusstad Festival. Five days bomby shows and acts that appeal to everyone from young to old. And by the very best, you have your nose on top. A total experience that you will not let go! LINK circusstad (in Dutch))

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Europa. What Else?

Nederlands Fotomuseum til may 7 
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nico Bick and Otto Snoek 

The exhibition unite three different visions of photography: the humanist reportage of Henri Cartier-Bresson The Europeans (Les EuropĂ©ens), the reflective, typological approach of Nico Bick, and Otto Snoek’s rapid-fire, razor-sharp observations. None of the three projects delivers a judgment for or against Europe. But all provide a more profound and nuanced picture than the image usually conveyed in the political discourse or media. Europe. What Else? challenges the visitor to take a broader view of Europe. LINK Nederlands Fotomuseum