Exhibition: From William Kentridge to Wikipedia

Ever thought about how you read? What takes place? What reading involves? The small exhibition ‘The Art of Reading – from William Kentridge to Wikipedia’ focuses on just a few steps in the process of reading. It shows twenty modern works of art, all related to the art of reading.

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Expected: Aaron Mark – Another Medea

They are busy rehearsing Aaron Mark’s ‘Another Medea’. It was well-received in New York in 2015. Now it will be performed in the Netherlands. As one of the four STET (The English Theatre) performances is just across the border from Belgium: not sure if the team plans any performances in Belgium or any other European country.
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Rijksmuseum Amsterdam’s beautiful Maelwael exhibition

Maelwael’s nephews are now better known. Examples of their work are usually from a stunning Book of Hours. They are the Limbourg brothers and the book the ‘Très Riches Heures‘. Their patron and owner of the book was John the Magnificent or Jean de Berry.

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Exhibition: Art Deco and Paul Poiret

Staff had warned me months ago: “The autumn exhibition will be a grand one again!” Despite the The Hague Gemeente Museum’s Mondriaan exhibition being nominated for an important award, it had totally not impressed nor enchanted me. Security and staff noticed, so asked me to revisit this autumn.

Heeding their advice, I visited the museum’s Art Deco exhibition. Staff and security were right. “Art Deco – Paris” is far more impressive than that Mondriaan exhibition!

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Branoul’s ‘Wiener Kaffeehaus’

When news started to buzz, there would be a “Wiener Café” – or rather Wiener Kaffeehaus – evening at Branoul, free tickets for the pay-what-you-want performance sold out in no time. Friends, leaving it till too late, were disappointed. Their only option was, to try get tickets for the performance at an Amsterdam theater, a day later.

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Exhibition: African servants at the The Hague court

This small, 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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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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