Category: Art & culture

Cobra shows surrealist masterpieces

In the coming months, the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen will be exhibiting forty masterpieces from the surrealism collection of the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, before…

In the coming months, the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen will be exhibiting forty masterpieces from the surrealism collection of the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, before going on a world tour.

The museum lends its works of art to museums in the Netherlands and abroad, because the museum is being rebuilt. The Cobra Museum benefits from this because the surrealism collection of the Boijmans belongs to the world top.

The exhibition consists of ‘the currants from the surrealist porridge.’ Key works by Salvador Dali, René Margritte, Andre Breton, Man Ray, Eileen Agar and Max Ernst will be on display. On the ground floor of the museum is an exhibition about the similarities and differences between Surrelism and the Cobra movement.

The exhibition ‘This is Surrealism! The Boymans Masterpieces’ can be seen from 1 June to 27 September, seven days a week. There is an audio tour and there are continuous guides in the museum, to give an explanation.

Walking routes are indicated via a sophisticated dot pattern for safety. Tickets must be purchased online in advance via the museum’s website and there is a walk-in time (timeslot).

 

Photo: Mae West, Lippensofa, Salvador Dali

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The sound of violins in Zuidas on Woningsdag

On Woningsdag 2020 (a play on words that turns King’s Day into Home Day), three violinists will treat Zuidas to mini concerts at 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00h. They will be…

On Woningsdag 2020 (a play on words that turns King’s Day into Home Day), three violinists will treat Zuidas to mini concerts at 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00h. They will be drawing their bows across the strings on the roofs of Intermezzo and the Gershwin Brothers, and in the courtyard garden of Xavier.

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Unique Porsches in Ben’s Garage

In Ben’s Garage, the recently opened cellar of the Move Mobility Experience at the Stadionplein, a unique collection of Porsches is currently on display. Visitors are given a tour of…

In Ben’s Garage, the recently opened cellar of the Move Mobility Experience at the Stadionplein, a unique collection of Porsches is currently on display.

Visitors are given a tour of a number of special models, including the very first Porsche 356, which was sold in the Netherlands in 1949. The 911 Carrera 4S Ben Pon Jr., named after Porsche Ambassador Ben Pon Jr., who passed away last year, can also be seen.

More than seventy years of Porsche in the Netherlands comes to life in Ben’s Garage. From the Porsche 356, which came on the market in 1948 as the sports car manufacturer’s first model, via the 946 Targa, which was used by the Dutch National Police in 1992, to the 991.2 GT2 RS, the most powerful 911 ever. Visitors are given a tour of eleven models and hear stories never told before behind the cars.

Ben’s Garage is named after Ben Pon jr., also known as ‘Mister Porsche’. His family business became the very first Porsche importer in the world in 1949. In addition to being an importer, Pon jr. was also a racing driver in various models of Porsche. His endless love for the Stuttgart sports car brand is now temporarily given a place in the recently opened to the public cellar of the Move Mobility Experience.

In this experience, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, you can make an interactive journey through the history, but also the future of mobility. It is located right next to the Olympic Stadium. Here you can also admire the latest and ‘future’ models of bicycles and cars, including Gazelle, Cervélo, Audi, Porsche and Bentley.

Ben’s Garage is open every Saturday and Sunday. Visitors should book a half-hour slot on https://move.amsterdam/gebouw/bens-garage/ in advance. Admission to this temporary exhibition amounts to five euros for children under 12 years of age and ten euros for everyone over 12. Afterwards, visitors will receive a collector’s item poster from Porsche as a souvenir.

The exhibition, which began in February, will be on display for a few months. The experience itself can be visited at the Stadionplein in Amsterdam from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 and 17 hours. Move is suitable for young and old and is free of charge. Reservations can be made via the website www.move.amsterdam. The Porsches collection can only be visited temporarily, every Saturday and Sunday.

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Five special libraries to inspire OBA NEXT

In 2025, the new public library at Zuidas, ‘OBA Next’, will open its doors. Dedicated to the future of knowledge and information, this branch of the Amsterdam Public Library should…

In 2025, the new public library at Zuidas, ‘OBA Next’, will open its doors. Dedicated to the future of knowledge and information, this branch of the Amsterdam Public Library should above all become the cultural and social heart of the Zuidas area. In Europe alone, there are at least five special libraries that could be an inspiration for OBA NEXT. 

Helsinki

Oodi, Helsinki’s new Central Library, was completed in 2018 and stands out because of its futuristic architecture: from some angles the building looks like a wave, whereas from another perspective it resembles a ship. The impressive three-storey structure is made of glass and wood; it is not only a masterpiece of Finnish architecture but also a ‘green’ and sustainable building. 

Stuttgart

The new City Library at Mailänder Platz in Stuttgart opened in 2011 and was designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi. The structure consists of nine levels spread out over four storeys. Its dominating feature is the modern and minimalist interior, as well as the white colour permeating the building. The symmetric entrance and spiral staircase, measuring 20,200 sq. m² (around 220,000 sq. ft), offer views on the building’s interior from all angles.

Vienna

Vienna’s beautiful National Library is a well-known landmark with its baroque style and majestic rooms. A stone’s throw away from the Danube, the university campus houses this futuristic building, the library of the University of Economics and Business. It dates back to 1898 and was renovated by Zaha Hadid Architects after it was partially destroyed in an arson attack in 2005. 

Copenhagen

Copenhagen Royal Library, also known as the ‘Black Diamond’, is a real neo-modern jewel, located in the historic centre with views of the Øresund strait. It was built in 1999 as an extension to the old library and is one of the city’s most important buildings. The outside of this black cube offers a bewildering spectacle of angled lines, shiny black granite and glass surfaces, while the inside has charming curvy lines, open spaces and escalators. The large terrace can house an audience of up to 600 people for concerts or theatre plays.

Warsaw

The Warsaw University Library is located in the heart of the city and was built in 1816. The new library is a modern and colourful building containing a terrace with four different gardens. The façade is surrounded by engraved stone blocks with texts in different languages, including Plato in ancient Greek and a text in old Polish. The outside of the building  is fitted with patinated copper and green ivy climbing up the walls between the windows.

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Cobra Art Gallery for Fashion On The Wall

There is so much to see in the Cobra Art Gallery at Van Baerlestraat 8: from photos printed on plexiglass to controversial sculptures with a nod to fashion and pop…

There is so much to see in the Cobra Art Gallery at Van Baerlestraat 8: from photos printed on plexiglass to controversial sculptures with a nod to fashion and pop art. The artworks at display are all unique or made in limited editions. They are sold according to the ‘art-à-porter’ principle: art delivered from the gallery directly to the customer.

A life-size portrait of David Bowie with a penetrating gaze, shot by the internationally renowned and award-winning photographer Markus Klinko. A little bit further along, a nun tempts the visitor with her seductive eye makeup. Slowly the picture changes, however: underneath her robe she’s wearing a sexy garter belt. In this image, art photographer Cécile Plaisance uses a lenticular printing technique in order to suggest movement. The same method is applied to a picture of a model wearing a Hèrmes burka with a bikini underneath. 

Another wall contains a monumental work by James Chiew. Famous celebrities and global stars, including James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Jimi Hendrix, Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela, are gathered around a long table. But there is a twist: they never could have met in real life… This is an image that keeps drawing one’s attention and its large size makes it all the more impressive. 

Extraordinary fire extinguisher

“Many artworks in our collection touch upon pop art, fashion, glamour and celebrities. In other words: fashion on the wall”, Leon Jonkman, gallery manager of the Cobra Gallery on Van Baerlestraat, explains. Apart from their iconic photographic artworks printed on plexiglass, Cobra Art is selling sculptures as well, such as the extraordinary fire extinguishers, made by James Chiew: they are adorned with a logo of Ferrari, Chanel or another brand and they even work! 

Or the cartoonish bulldogs by Christophe Comerro; with their glossy finish they seem to be made of china. Then there are the striking arty handbags by Debra Franses Bean that are filled with stacks of banknotes, shiny pistols, gold watches, lipstick shells and perfume bottles. These bags weigh around thirty pounds each. “No, you’re not really supposed to carry them with you”, Jonkman laughs. “These things are objects: it takes the artist takes around three months to make a single bag.” 

Special materials

Combining works from the Cobra Art collection with furniture and objects enables their customers to get a good idea of how these things would look in their own home, the gallery manager says. Practically everything is for sale, from the chandelier to the carpet. “We see art as an integral part of an interior setting.” 

The works sold at Cobra Art are always unique or made in limited editions. The use of special materials, such as liquid gloss with metal paint and resin, leads to stunning effects. Most works can be printed in four different sizes, quite handy if the picture in question needs to fit in an alcove or on a specific wall. And all the images displayed in colour are also available in black and white. Twice a year, in January and September, Cobra Art presents their new collection in Paris during the Maison & Objet Interior Design Fair, each time dedicated to a new theme.

Originality

Cobra Art Company is a family business that was established over 30 years ago and has grown from an art dealer into an international brand. Owners Mike and Jeannette van Rijswijk are still actively engaged in the company: together they travel the world to carefully curate the Cobra Art Collection. 

“We choose photographers and artists based on originality, creativity and innovation”, Jeannette van Rijswijk says. “And obviously there should be a good match with the Cobra Art style. We organize our own photo shoots with the photographers we have selected.” 

The company’s main office is located in the town of Veenendaal (province of Utrecht). Here, visitors can walk through an inspiring art gallery measuring 1,100 sq. (nearly 12,000 sq. ft) with over 500 different artworks. The gallery contains fully furnished studios, each with their own unique interior that perfectly highlights the work of art on display. 

Young and trendy

It is a place where art lovers head to when they’re looking for inspiration or simply want to discover new works. “Our target audience is trendy and young, on average between 25 and 55, mostly double earners”, according to Van Rijswijk. “People who love nice interiors, watches, cars, fashion and good restaurants.” The showroom is not only frequented by consumers but is also popular among interior designers and project developers. The Cobra Art project team is available to work with them on interior design or restyling projects. 

Boutique hotel TwentySeven in Amsterdam is fully furnished with artworks from Cobra Art, just like a number of luxury hotels in cities such as Dubai. Jonkman: “Next year we’ll start working together with the Art’otel in Amsterdam, located opposite Central Station. These things make our work so interesting: our art is represented in more than 28 countries, from hotels to luxury interior design stores.”

Masterpiece

Opening an exclusive brand store in Amsterdam had long been a wish of the owners. The Museum Quarter, where arts and fashion meet, is an ideal location – especially with the proximity of Zuidas. Due to their many years of experience in the trade, Mike and Jeannette van Rijswijk know how to perfectly cater to the needs of the market and their target audience; one could say they simply sense what their customers want. Using their expertise, they’ve built their high-end Masterpiece Collection in close collaboration with leading international artists and photographers. 

What will the future bring for Cobra Art Company? “We’re already exporting worldwide. At the moment, there are Cobra Art Galleries in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Düsseldorf and London. And soon we’ll open stores in Paris, Tel Aviv and Moscow, but we would like to add even more”, Van Rijswijk says. “Eventually, it is our ambition to open Cobra Art Galleries in all large international cities.”

 

Cobra Art Amsterdam
Van Baerlestraat 8
Amsterdam
T 020 2153 110
W www.cobraart.nl

 

Jeannette en Mike van Rijswijk are the owners of Cobra Art

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Old Gijsbreght tradition revived

At the same place where the Gijsbreght van Aemstel premiered 382 years ago, the piece is again performed by Theater Kwast. This will restore a fine tradition to its former…

At the same place where the Gijsbreght van Aemstel premiered 382 years ago, the piece is again performed by Theater Kwast.

This will restore a fine tradition to its former glory. Between 1641 and 1968, Joost van den Vondel’s play about the mythical lord of Amsterdam, who tries to protect his city from Kennemers and Waterlanders on Christmas Eve, was performed in the municipal theatre around New Year’s Day. A record that no West End production can match.

Theater Kwast will return with the Gijsbreght for the third year in a row from 3 to 5 January 2020. Not in the Stadsschouwburg on the Leidseplein, but in hotel The Dylan on the Keizersgracht, which was built on the spot where the play premiered on 3 January 1638.

On 3 January, the first Amsterdam Theatre on the Keizersgracht opened its doors. Rembrandt van Rijn was there and in quick sketches he recorded a few scenes for posterity. Sketches that Theater Kwast would later use to recreate the original costumes.

Since the beginning of the 18th century, a Gijsbreght performance has always been followed by the playful epilogue The Wedding of Kloris and Roosje, a kind of mini opera that was full of crazy traditions. This afterglow is also performed again. In 2020 Ivo de Wijs and Pieter Niewint will sign for the Nieuwsjaarswensch in which 2019 will be put through the wringer.

The performance will be played from 3 to 5 January 2020. Tickets for € 32,50 can be ordered via https://store.dylanamsterdam.com/nl/gijsbreght/ or www.dylanamsterdam.com

 

With the picture:
The old theatre on the Keizersgracht 384 in Amsterdam, seen from the stage, circa 1658.

 

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Taminiau at PAN

The 33st edition of PAN Art Fair, taking place in RAI Amsterdam from November 24 until December 1, features a special exhibition highlighting the works and ideas of famous Dutch…

The 33st edition of PAN Art Fair, taking place in RAI Amsterdam from November 24 until December 1, features a special exhibition highlighting the works and ideas of famous Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau.

It is the first time in the history of this fair for art, antiques & design that this honour has been bestowed on a couturier. In his exhibition The World of Jan Taminiau, the fashion designer – hailed for his use of traditional techniques in contemporary designs – enters into dialogue with the art on show at PAN Amsterdam.

Taminiau painted a cloth and embellished it with beads and sequins. The image he created contains trees referring to the famed Goblin and colour surfaces reminiscent of the modernism of Bauhaus. 

Since the 2016 edition, PAN Amsterdam has commissioned artists to translate their view on the art fair in pictures. The collaborators thus far are photographers Eva Roovers, Koen Hauser and Erwin Olaf. Around 40,000 art lovers visit the PAN Fair every year.

PAN Amsterdam is an annual fair for art, antiques and design, offering collectors, occasional buyers and starters on the art market a wide range of thousands of art pieces. More than 100 vendors will display the best works available on the Dutch art market. These top collections of fine art, presented in a modern setting, have been selected for their appealing mix of aesthetic beauty and quality.

 

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Winter Cabinet: grand drawings on a small scale

Fans of contemporary drawing can visit the winter exhibition of the Tekenkabinet (Drawing Room) in the Amstelpark from 1 December 2019. Het Tekencabinet was founded in 2013 by visual artist…

Fans of contemporary drawing can visit the winter exhibition of the Tekenkabinet (Drawing Room) in the Amstelpark from 1 December 2019.

Het Tekencabinet was founded in 2013 by visual artist Manja van der Storm.
The objective of the independent platform is to organize annual salon-like exhibitions with drawings by both renowned and up-and-coming artists. Sometimes these exhibitions take place in a museum, sometimes in a former showroom.

Since the summer of 2017, the Het Tekencabinet has been housed in a semi-permanent exhibition location in the Amstelpark. In the attractive, former Belgian pavilion, situated between the monastery garden and the Japanese garden, the Winter Cabinet can be visited during the whole month of December on Sundays.

There will be recent work by 101 contemporary artists from all over the country, but also from Belgium. Both well-known and new names contribute to a fascinating, multicoloured drawing oasis, with a multitude of styles, manuscripts, materials and types of paper. The maximum size of all the exhibited drawings is A3, which results in handy, accessible and affordable drawings. All drawings are for sale and can be taken directly into a handmade box with lid.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue (A6) in which the work of all participating artists is depicted. On Sunday 29 December a festive finissage of the Winter Cabinet will take place, between 13.00 and 16.00 hours.

The exhibition Winter Cabinet will be on display from 1 to 29 December 2019 on Sundays, from 12:00 to 16:00. The exhibition can also be visited by appointment: (06) 20077891 (Manja van der Storm).

Tekenkabinet
Amstelpark 13
1083 HZ Amsterdam
(former Gallery Park Art, follow the signs in the park)
www.tekenkabinet.nl

 

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Performance ‘Act of seeing’

We’re looking at others, but are we seeing anyone? Are we still there for the other in a world that is becoming more and more virtual and distant? This is…

We’re looking at others, but are we seeing anyone? Are we still there for the other in a world that is becoming more and more virtual and distant? This is the theme of a performance with Danielle van Vree that will be performed several times at the Zuidas this month.The performance is called Act of Seeing, lasts thirty minutes, is free of charge and takes place in both Dutch and English.

The programme looks like this. On Thursday 19 and 26 September and Friday 20 and 27 September, interested parties can gather at both 12.30 and 17:00 at the entrance to the Circl sustainable pavilion on Gustav Mahlerplein 1B.

On 19 September, philosopher Rob van Gerwen will give a lecture on the importance of contact with the other. The lecture lasts 45 minutes and will be followed by the performance. For this lecture/performance one has to gather in front of café Ox & Bucks on the Zuidplein at 15.45 hours.

If you are interested in art and architecture in the Zuidas, which will also include ‘seeing the other’, you can join AkzoNobel Essential Art Space, Christian Neefestraat 2, on Thursday 26 September at 3 pm. After an art tour, the participants will walk to Circl, where the performance will start at 5 pm.

Due to the maximum number of participants, interested parties are kindly requested to register in advance via reserveren.performance@gmail.com. In case of bad weather, the performance will continue and an umbrella can offer a solution. The location is easily accessible by public transport, such as the North/South line.

The following people are involved in the programme: Huug van Tienhoven, Luc van Esch, Anna Benti, Kim Verbeke, Dennis Tiecken and students of the Gerrit van der Veen College. Iris Dik coordinates the programme.

 

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‘Zuidas should attract more tourists’

  The Zuidas needs cultural icons, if only to relieve the troubled city center. That is what Zef Hemel, professor of planning (University of Amsterdam) says in Amsterdam newspaper Het…

 

The Zuidas needs cultural icons, if only to relieve the troubled city center. That is what Zef Hemel, professor of planning (University of Amsterdam) says in Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool.

Hemels has been asked by mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam to formulate a vision of Amsterdam’s city center. According to the professor, it would be nice if tourists, who spend an average of three days in Amsterdam, could spend two days on the Zuidas. He does not think of a museum, but of international names or institutions that act like a magnet on tourists, without giving examples of that.

Hemel is thinking of a natural route from the Museumplein to the Zuidas. He thinks that the municipality should work hard on this, because in his opinion the Zuidas is merely a business center, he says to Het Parool. According to him provisions are urgently needed at the Zuidas. ‘Now there is nothing at all, the residents can hardly go to a store there.’

According to the professor, the inner city has become far too busy and the social cohesion has disappeared. He sketches the image of people wandering through the city center with earplugs in, gazing on smartphones, but also city dwellers who put their house on Airbnb.

If it is up to the professor, the city center turns into a monumental garden where not only city dwellers come together, but all Amsterdam residents who now avoid the historic heart because of the crowds. Hemel will officially present its vision of the city center in October.

 

Beeld: ArtZuid-Cristóbal-Gabarrón-Enlightened-Universe-2015

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