Art

Franchise Freedom by Amsterdam art duo Studio Drift
Dec 14 '17 11:20

Last week a swarm of  300 luminescent drones flew over the sea and a beach in Miami. Studio Drift, an artist duo from Amsterdam, presented their flying artwork Franchise Freedom on the Art Basel in Miami Beach, Het Parool reports.

Through their art Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, together Studio Drift, investigate the relationship between nature and technology. They started working on this project 10 years ago, studying the regular flight patterns of starlings and translated them into a software developed especially for drones.

Nachoem Wijnberg
Dec 12 '17 15:00

University of Amsterdam professor and poet Nachoem Wijnberg won the PC Hooft-prijs 2018 for his life's work, the organization announced on Tuesday. The 56-year-old poet will receive the prize at a ceremony in the Literature Museum in The Hague on May 24th, ANP reports.

Delft blue kissing couple
Nov 30 '17 17:55

A gigantic version of the famous Dutch souvenir sculpture - the Delft blue kissing couple - was put together in Amsterdam on Thursday. The Kissing Couple XXXL, commissioned by the FietsCoalitie, now stands 10 meters tall on Hempontplein, along the fast bicycle route from Zaanstad to Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Centrum, Het Parool reports.

Together, the couple weighs around 6,700 kilograms and stand about as high as a three-floor building. The idea is that the statue puts the bicycle route and Amsterdam-West on the map for visitors.

The Afsluitdijk illuminated by Daan Roosergaarde's Gates of Light installation
Nov 24 '17 15:30

Working with a , Studio Roosergaarde of light artist Daan Roosegaarde turned the 32 kilometer long iconic Afsluitdijk into a beautiful and sustainable art installation with three separate projects - Gates of Light, Windvogel and Glowing Nature.

Forensic investigators at a crime scene
Nov 13 '17 12:00

The painting scanner used by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to analyze masterpieces may also help police detectives find trace evidence in present-day crime scenes. The investigators of the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) and the national art gallery of the Netherlands have formed a new collaboration to use the new technique to find bodily fluids.

49,000 liters of formamide, used to make speed, found in Waspik, 7 Nov 2017
Nov 8 '17 11:00

The police raided dozens of address in the south of the Netherlands and in Belgium on Tuesday as part of a major operation against synthetic drugs, called Operation Impact. Five people were arrested, three in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

The operation involved the police, Public Prosecutor, Tax Authority, Koninklijke Marechaussee and dozens of municipalities. Raids were done in Mariahout, Tilburg, Waspik and Weert, based on information from ongoing investigations and reports to municipalities and hotlines. 

Artist paint brush and palette
Nov 3 '17 16:10

Artists more often have a low income and are more often dependent on benefits than other employed persons in the Netherlands, despite being a profession with a high education level. In the period between 2013 and 2015, over half of artists earned less than 30 thousand euros per year. The average for all employees is 39 percent, and 17 percent for all highly educated workers, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.

Stedelijk Museum Zwolle
Oct 17 '17 12:40

An overnight fwas caused by a humidifier exploding, the director of the museum told De Stentor. According to him, the spontaneous explosion was recorded by the surveillance cameras. The fire caused large amount of damage and the museum will likely be closed for repairs for a long time, the director expects.

Oct 17 '17 07:59

An overnight fire in the Stedelijk Museum in Zwolle caused massive damage to multiple valuable artworks. The damage is estimated in the hundreds of thousands of euros, De Stentor reports.

The fire department responded to the museum around 00:15 a.m. The fire started on the ground floor of the old part of the museum and spread to the walls and ceiling. The fire brigade quickly managed to get it under control, but as the old part of the museum is one large area, the smoke easily spread through the building.

Police officer holding a cannabis plant
Oct 10 '17 17:00

Six people were arrested in connection with a large investigation into organized cannabis cultivation in Noord-Brabant on Monday. The police also searched 16 properties in Tilburg, Goirle, Eindhoven and Kaatsheuvel. 

According to the police, a Tilburg detective team got wind of the suspects while breaking down a number of illegal cannabis plantations. The suspects are two women from Tilburg (35 and 66), a 44-year-old woman from Goirle, two men (40 and 52) and a 36-year-old woman from Eindhoven. They are all in custody.

Amsterdam
Sep 28 '17 12:50

All school children in the Netherlands must visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Tweede Kamer in The Hague at least once in their school career, according to agreements the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie made in their government formation talks, sources told the Telegraaf. The parties want to make it mandatory for schools to arrange these trips.

The Martini Church in Groningen
Sep 11 '17 17:10

A total of 950 thousand people visited a monument on Open Monument Day over the weekend, somewhat less than last year. According to the organizers, this can be attributed to the rainy weather, NOS reports.

For Open Monument Day, over 4 thousand monuments that are usually closed to the public, were open for visitors free of charge. Major attractions included the Martini Church in Groningen, the Cereol factory in Utrecht and the Ridderzaal in The Hague.

Fossil Free Culture protesters at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, 10 Sept 2017
Sep 11 '17 15:50

Activist group Fossil Free Culture protested in front of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Sunday. The group believes that the museum should not be sponsored by Shell, NU.nl reports. 

The black clad protestors used torn and broken umbrellas to represent landscapes spoiled by Shell's fossil fuel mining, oil spills and carbon emissions, the group said on Twitter. 

The Van Gogh museum will not press charges against the protesters, a spokesperson said to NU.nl, calling their demonstration a "peaceful action" that the museum regards as "freedom of expression". 

Chinese Mummy Scan
Jul 17 '17 15:50

On Friday the Amsterdam court held the first day of trial in a lawsuit over a Buddha statue containing a mummy. A group of Chinese villagers sued Dutch collector Oscar van Overeem claiming that the statue in his possession was stolen from their village, YangChun, in 1995, the Volkskrant reports.

Portrait of Barack Obama, by Amsterdam artist Edwin van den Dikkenberg
Jun 13 '17 12:25

Amsterdam portrait artist Edwin van den Dikkenberg gained some international fame this weekend when his painting of former American president Barack Obama went viral online, mistakenly called Obama's official presidential portrait.

The painting was massively discussed on social media, particularly because it depicts Obama wearing a beige suit. In 2014 the president was criticized for this particular clothing choice, because it was considered not to be presidential enough.

Early sketch of Kazimir Malevich's 1914 painting An Englishman in Moskouw
Jun 1 '17 14:45

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam discovered an unknown sketch by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. The sketch seems to be an early version of the 1914 painting An Englishman in Moscow, one of the top Malevich pieces the museum has in its collection, Het Parool reports.

Amsterdam Rainbow Dress
May 24 '17 19:30

The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, designed to draw attention to the persecution of LGBTQ community members globally, was presented in San Francisco this week by an Amsterdam delegation to honor California's Harvey Milk Day. The dress features 75 national flags of countries where homosexuality is included in the national Criminal Code.

Valuable family heirloom accidentally sold at a King's Day flea market in Hoorn, 27 Apr 2017
May 5 '17 09:56

A family heirloom accidentally sold on a King's Day flea market, has been tracked down. The painting is now back with its original owner, NOS reports. 

An 11-year-old girl from Blokkerwith her father for only 5 euros. She had no idea that the painting was precious to her mother. And the father did not know his ex still wanted it, as had been in his attic for some time. 

The Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor in Chicago
May 3 '17 16:30

The De Pont museum in Tilburg will soon be the proud owner of a 6 meter high steel statue by world-famous artist Anish Kapoor. The statue is a gift to the De Pont Museum for its 25th birthday, Omroep Brabant reports. 

Many people know Kapoor for is statue The Cloud Gate in Chicago. The statue is a photograph favorite for tourists, because it beautifully reflects the Chicago skyline. 

It is not yet clear what the Tilburg statue will look like, as the artist is still working on it.

Valuable family heirloom accidentally sold at a King's Day flea market in Hoorn, 27 Apr 2017
May 2 '17 14:20

An 11-year-old girl from Blokker in Noord-Holland accidentally sold a very valuable family heirloom at the King's Day flea market in Hoorn. The girl went to the flea market with her father to sell some things and afterwards told her mother that she sold "a painting with a lady on it" for 5 euros, RTV Noord-Holland reports.

An old man at a casement, by Govert Flinck in 1646
Apr 28 '17 15:25

Auction house Christie's sold a painting titled An old man at a casement by Dutch painter Govert Flinck for 10.4 million dollars (around 9.5 million euros) in New York on Thursday. The value of the Rembrandt student's painting was estimated between 2 million and 3 million euros, the auction house announced.

An old man at a casement was painted in 1645. The previous time the painting was auctioned was in 2011. Then it sold for 2.7 million euros. 

The Groenburgwal and the Zuiderkerk by Claude Monet, 1874
Apr 25 '17 11:50

With the replacement of the golden weather cock on Monday, Amsterdam's Zuiderkerk tower is officially fully restored. From this week the scaffolding around the building will be removed. And soon Amsterdam will again have the tower in its original form - as made famous in a Monet painting - as part of the city's skyline.

Some 90 silver coins from the period 1542-1571 found in a field in Westwoud, Noord-Holland
Mar 31 '17 15:25

Three archeologists found almost 90 sliver coins from the period 1542 to 1571 in a field in Westwoud, Noord-Holland. Almost all the coins show the head of Spanish King Philip II, who once reigned over the Netherlands, the Westfries Museum announced on Friday, AD reports.

Along with the coins, the remains of a container was found in which they were supposedly kept, the Museum said. 

Mata Hari
Mar 28 '17 16:45

About a century after her execution by firing squad in 1917, some of Dutch spy Mata Hari's possessions went up for auction at Amsterdam auction house De Zwaan. The auction included photos, objects, furniture and toys that belonged to her two children. All in all it raised 45 thousand euros on Monday, NOS reports.

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