About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.

Erwin Olaf donates core collection to Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

The Amsterdam Rijksmuseum announced Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf donates his core collection to the museum. Erwin Olaf is world famous and received many awards. He recently photographed the Dutch Royal family and designed the Dutch 2014 Euro coins.

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Rembrandt discovered by Dutch art historian Jan Six

The story made international headlines. Amsterdam art historian and art dealer Jan Six discovered a ‘new’ Rembrandt! The first ‘new’ Rembrandt in over forty years.

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Remembering female resistance members: Edith Cavell biography

Women were not just active in the WWII Resistance. Many played important roles in the Resistance, during WWI too. One of these was Edith Cavell.

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Remembering female resistance members: Ru Paré exhibition

Some countries suddenly realize women were involved in resisting Nazis as well. Some of these women took up arms, but more did not. What most share: having been forgotten.

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Remembering female resistance members: Mona Parsons

The first week of May, some European countries honour those killed during WWII. Some of these countries first remember the dead and celebrate Liberation Day afterwards. These countries are finally paying some attention to female resistance members.

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Exhibition: ‘Tranquility, Harmony, Belief and Inspiration’

As mentioned in a previous post, Gouda’s museum is located in a period building. This building is large enough to host several exhibitions at the same time. Apart from the Pieter Pourbus exhibition, I visited an exhibition with works by a contemporary artist.

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Half the collection consists of forgeries

This must be a museum’s nightmare: half the collection consists of fakes, forgeries. Yet this is exactly what happened to the Étienne Terrus Museum in Elne, in France. The news, apparently first broadcasted by the BBC, is now making headlines around the world.

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The Hague Max Liebermann exhibition: sunny impressions

Two red parrots are brawling, while a man reaches up. Not watching two of his charges, he is trying to hang another parrot on its perch up in a tree. This sunny scene by Max Liebermann shows a scene in Berlin’s Zoo.

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Shakespeare to help heal PTSD? – ‘Cry Havoc!’

A long, standing ovation; cat-calls and whistles – all showing the audience’s enthusiasm and approval. A just reward for this first performance of ‘Cry Havoc!’ in a series of three. Directed by Eric Tucker and performed by actor Stephan Wolfert, ‘Cry Havoc!’ was presented by STET as part of its Shakespeare Fringe Weekend and the The Hague Freedom Weeks. The latter leading up to WWII Remembrance and Liberation Day.

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Museum buys third van Gogh in 3 years

The Dutch Noordbrabants Museum announced today, it bought its third van Gogh painting in three years. In 2016, the museum bought a work showing the vicarage garden in Nuenen, dating from 1885. Last year, it bought a painting of a local watermill, dating from 1884.
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