How did i never know about this? ‘Atelierroute’ (in Dutch), artist studios tour in Delft for two days, over the weekend. Apparently it’s been going on for years and i only just discovered it! The Foundation for Art Delft’s ‘Atelierroute’ allows the public the opportunity to visit the artist studios, some of them work from home of course. Meet the artists themselves, take a peek at their working space and ask questions! I didn’t see as much as i would have liked to but the idea is AWESOME!!! It’s just too bad that it’s only once a year!
… And for the boys, World record attempt, Heineken beer crate bridge in the centre of Delft.  Just imagine, 13.650 beer crates. 13.66 meters high… Except, i don’t get the point of going to all that trouble, just to build a beer crate bridge?

Photos from Saturdays trip to the Crystal Glass Art Show in Leerdam. There was so much variety in design, style, taste and a HUGE range of price tags!

Images from the crystal shop. For the ladies, high heels made from glass!

This bottom glass piece was funky. You could look through the glass and see people walk by and suddenly see them in more than three dimensions.

Then there was the tour around the Royal Leerdam workspace, I got to see the glass studio and how glass blowing works. It was not my first time but it’s always so impressive to watch.I will upload more photos (my favourites) but I hope you liked these glass pieces anyway!

I keep meaning to go back to this exhibition. Last time I was there, it was an overcast day so I didn’t hang around for too long. These enormous sculptures by various Chinese artists are displayed along lovely Lange Voorhout, The Hague till September 11, 2011

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the first Chinese emigrants setting foot in the Netherlands 100 years ago. This year’s event is presented under the title The Hague under the Heavens, referring to the Chinese Tian Xia or All under Heaven, one of the cornerstones of the Chinese Confucian world view.

This one is my favourite, its massive and so intriguing to everyone!

Artist ..: Yue Minjun, Flexible latitude

Say aaaah….yes, that is me in the photo!

Artist ..: Cang Xin, Hitting things just with Qi

Indeed its made in China! A 5 meters high red dinosaur, an enlargement of a toy figure. It refers to the Chinese mass production.

Artist ..: Sui Jianguo, Dinosaur amidst the wind

The object on show here is an old cardboard packing box with worn labels, battered and crushed at the corners, revealing its history.

Artist ..: Jiao Xingtao, Gift from Heaven

Still need to experience the big lamp during the night.

Artist ..: Jiao Xingtao, Gift from Heaven

{ for more information: The Hague under the Heavens }

Photos by: First of August

It’s been several days since my last post and now I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with ideas and pictures to share …will need to back track a bit on my last week and finds…but for now i’ll start with good old Amsterdam.

During the fashion week in Amsterdam in late January, for the first there was a new event. “Fur Free Exhibition” at De Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam (which reminds me that i should visit the botanical garden – apparently its one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world).  The event was for a good cause and positive message against the use of fur in the fashion industry. Although you can only see 2 design here, five outfits where created by Dutch designers and exhibited around the gardens, the greenhouse. You can see more photos of the event and explanation of the night here. There is also a video of the opening-night of the Fur Free Exhibition, you can see it here

Photos from Friday night of the first Museum Night in Delft. It was a windy, wet and very fun birthday night out. Manage to see so many art galleries in one night, that i didn’t even know existed here!…: Though the ride on the boat and the tuk-tuk along the canals was probably my highlight of the night….

What are you doing tomorrow?

Friday November 5 from 7 PM to midnight is the first “Museum Night in Delft”

Can you imagine….visiting a museum, a gallery late at night…or get to the main event via Tuk-Tuks…or with a canal boat!…It’s expected to be a spectacular cultural adventure…with live  performances throughout the historic centre…I certainly can’t wait. I’ve been to Rotterdam Museum Night a few years back but this is in my home town….What a way to celebrate my birthday!!!… Museum Night Website

You might have come across his work before, colourful portraits of women with dark oval eyes, lavish gowns and provocative poses…But does the name ‘Kees van Dongen’ ring a bell? Yes. Maybe, No? Dutch-born artist, Kees van Dogen was born 26 January 1877 in Delfshaven then on the outskirts of Rotterdam. I’ve been a big admirer of his work for a loooong time now. Yet strangely enough, I never connected his name – his exotic-looking paintings – or let alone that he was from Holland – at least not until a few years ago… duuuh!

At the moment there’s a special exhibition on the artist, here in Holland. The best part about it is that the paintings are back in his hometown, Rotterdam.  The exhibition “All Eyes on Kees van Dongen” showcases a selection of paintings, drawings, ceramics, posters and photographs.  Clearly showing his love for colour, women and exquisite eye for detail. After seeing his work for the first time, I’m even more fascinated with this artist. I have to add that I thought it was AWESOME because I came across some other painting of his that I’ve never knew about or just not the obvious vibrant paintings i.e. ‘Seated Woman’.

What also amazed me to discover was that so many of the masterpieces are privately owned. Imagine that! Having one of those gorgeous paintings hanging in your living room! I wish! Luckily I’m always going to be able to admire Potrait of Guus Preitinger since it’s belongs to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Kees van Dongen developed intense lush colours at an early stage in his career. He was a traveler who visited Spain, Morocco, Egypt and the more obvious destination, Paris! It’s no secret that Paris played a high point in his life. It was there where his success came through the controversial 1905 exhibition Salon d’Automne and helped launch the Fauvism (Wild Beast) short-lived group of painters which included, Henri Matisse.  Besides his beautiful oriental influence with decorative details, it’s his experimental style and intense use of colour that inspires me the most about this artist…Kees van Dongen (unlike Dutch-born artist Vincent van Gogh) gained a tremendous success (while he was alive) and lived a long fruitful lifestyle.

Kees van Dongen..: Potrait of Guus Preitinger (the artist’s wife), Oil Painting, 1910

Kees van Dongen..: Tango or Tango of the Archangel, Oil Painting, 1922-35

Kees van Dongen..: Woman with a Large Hat, Oil Painting, 1906

Kees van Dongen..: Seated Woman, Oil Painting, 1911

What do you think of his work? Have you seen his paintings or an exhibition on the artist before? Look forward to hearing from any of you…

Exhibition Information:

Boijmans van Beuningen Museum…: All Eyes on Kees van Dongen

A mix of modern art Sculptures in The Hague on Lange Voorhout during the evening … A very beautiful long street in The Hague. You can discover the free open-air exhibition of: 23 monumental bronze sculptures of Spanish artist Manolo Valdés along with 5 smaller marble and stone sculptures by Flemish artist Kim de Ruysscher. As part of The Hague Summer Festivals you can see the sculptures from the 17 June – 12 September 2010.

This was fun … here with my friend Andrea trying to imitate Princess Leia from Star Wars. I wonder if the artist, Manolo Valdés was inspired by Princess Leia too?

Princess Leia and her famous hair buns.

Sculpture below reminds me of this famous painting By Diego Velázquez, 1656



I love this photo (below) of Andrea … striking a pose with the marble sculpture!

Shhh! be quiet his sleeping!

Around the corner you can find huge life-size Sand Sculpture created by the sand academy: as an ‘Ode to the Dutch Masters’ in the square at the Buitenhof. There till August 27th 2010. Curious? check the website…:The Hague Festival

Looking for inspiration on where to go to Europe? Why not check out the stunning Outdoor Photo Exhibition of the Wild Wonders of Europe; 100 life-size nature photographs taken by 69 of Europe’s finest photographer. I was there the other night for the second time in one week. I recommend the evening is the best time of the day to go – it’s very peaceful and hardly no-one around. The photos are so enormous that they almost feel like they are going to come to life. Times like that would help to be taller and get a better perspective … More importantly, it reminded me that Europe has more to offer besides historical (concrete) cities. I was surprised to see such impressive beautiful photos of animals and nature. Places like Croatia and Spain …and I thought I had seen plenty of Spain already!.

I hope you get the chance to see the Outdoor Exhibition since it will be in tour throughout Europe: In The Hague, The Netherlands till August 30…:Wild Wonders of Europe

If I was an animal in my past life, I must have been a Sea Turtle … I am slow on the land but fast and strong under water …ha ha haaa, I just love turtles!

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