Started university aged 14?

He is known to have left university without a degree. He flunked Humanities. Who? A real genius, of course: Rembrandt!

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Dutch museum discovers it owns an extra Monet

The Hague’s Gemeentemuseum shared a pleasant surprise. During restoration of one of its Monet paintings, experts discovered a secret. The news was revealed this afternoon: the museum suddenly owns an extra Monet!

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Book review: a beautiful tribute to a forgotten group of women

Most people know Picasso’s “Guernica”? Yet who remembers that war during the late 1930s? How many know, people from Europe and elsewhere traveled to Spain to fight in its Civil War? That this war is now considered an exercise, for Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy?

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Book review: Helena Janeczek’s girl in translation

The moment I noticed the book cover, I wanted to read this novel. Not because the girl winks at whoever picks up this book. No: I had heard something about female war photographers covering the Spanish Civil War. A while ago, I had also read in a newspaper, something about Robert Capa.

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Amsterdam Museum: an exhibition on fashion as statement

Visitors to the sprawling Amsterdam Museum have the opportunity to visit a small fashion exhibition. “Fashion Statements” is about fashion and identity – then and now. For those interested in fashion: a free loan booklet with English texts is available, helping to explore themes and items.

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Exhibition of Japanese photographers

A thought-provoking exhibition: “Japanese Nudes” –  or at least, this is what I thought after visiting. This exhibition is to be found at The Japan Museum Sieboldhuis in Leiden. Over a hundred photographs by thirty Japanese photographers, show the development of photography as art-form in Japan, according to the museum.

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Book Review: Takis Würger’s impressive “Der Club”

With Takis Würger’s latest novel unavailable, I picked up “Der Club” by chance. Lucky me: Würger’s first novel quite rightly became an overnight success, when it appeared in Germany in 2017. Lucky you: an English translation became available March 2019.

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Exhibition “The Smell of Success”, at the Noordbrabants Museum

No: this exhibition is about flowers and art. Remember the wonderful flower paintings and botanical images in the exhibition “The Dutch In Paris”? This exhibition of the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum closed some time ago. Missed it?

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