A Renoire?

Doubts were already raised in 2014 – and earlier. Now whole collection is tainted.


When I heard it, I simply couldn’t help laughing. In between the denials, then admittance by the White House, Trump lied about the call to the widow – it lightened the mood.

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Exhibition: African servants at the The Hague court

This small but moving exhibition can be found at The Hague’s Historical Museum. The museum is one of several around the so-called Hofvijver and close to the Mauritshuis. The exhibition focuses on the lives of Mr. Cupido and Mr. Sideron – two African servants at the 18th century court of the Oranje-Nassau Stadholder family in The Hague.

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Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum director resigns

The Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum is Amsterdam’s museum for modern and contemporary art. It used to be one of the world’s leading modern art museums till it closed for extensive renovation works. Two years after it reopened to the public, Beatrix Ruf became the museum’s new director.

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Expected: Mata Hari at the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden

Early 1917, a girl from Leeuwarden – in Friesland, the Netherlands – was arrested by French police. Margaretha Zelle had long left the Netherlands and was living in Paris. There, she had become an overnight sensation as a dancer using the stage-name Mata Hari.

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Exhibition: Crossroads at the Amsterdam Allard Pierson Museum

My friend and I were at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. ‘Crossroads – traveling through the Middle Ages’, the new exhibition at this museum, had  just opened. Somehow, we received a triple treat. Continue reading

Book review: Fred Vargas – Temps Glaciaires

Fred Vargas is one of my favourite French detective writers. So when I found a translation of ‘Temps Glacieres’, it should have been a delight to read – right? Of course: nothing wrong with the story, but I should have steered clear of the translation.

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Book review: Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves

Emily Fridlund’s novel is short-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Its subtitle on the version I read, asks ‘How far would you go to belong?’ Which sounded promising for ‘History of Wolves’; but unfortunately, it failed to deliver.

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Colours, as well as black and white, at the National Gallery

The National Gallery offers two interesting exhibitions this autumn. September 20th, “Drawn in colour” opens. Nearly a month later, October 30th 2017, another exhibition opens: “Monochrome”.

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Exhibition: the neighbours’ portraits at the Mauritshuis

After the delicious exhibition of 17th century “food”-paintings, the Mauritshuis Museum opened its “winter”-exhibition today. Visitors are shown a selection of the best portraits painted by Flemish masters loaned to this museum, by the closed Antwerp KMSKA. This exhibition is located in the Mauritshuis’ exhibition wing.

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