The Low Countries

Deze Engelstalige blog, gelinkt aan het jaarboek The Low Countries, brengt nieuws over taal, cultuur en maatschappij in de Lage Landen voor een breed buitenlands publiek.

  • 4 februari 2016

Flanders Architecture Institute Launches International Newsletter

Flanders Architecture Institute Launches International Newsletter

Architects from Flanders and Brussels today play a role of significance, not just in this compact European region, but also by contributing ideas to the wider world.

The new English language newsletter of the Flanders Architecture Institute highlights international events and initiatives of architects and institutions. Every month it will provide information on exhibitions, lectures and conferences as well as updates on important building projects.

  • 1 februari 2016

Jaap van Zweden to Become Music Director of New York Philharmonic

Jaap van Zweden to Become Music Director of New York Philharmonic

Jaap van Zweden, currently music director of the Dallas Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, is to become the music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2017.

He will be the second Dutch music director of the New York Philharmonic, following in the footsteps of Willem Mengelberg.

  • 29 januari 2016

Berlinde De Bruyckere's 'No Life Lost' on Show in New York

Berlinde De Bruyckere's 'No Life Lost' on Show in New York

From 28 Jan to 2 April 2016, New York gallery Hauser & Wirth is exhibiting No Life Lost, by internationally renowned Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (Ghent, 1964). The centrepiece of the exhibition will be De Bruyckere’s monumental project Kreupelhout – Cripplewood, 2012-2013. A collaboration with Nobel prize-winning novelist JM Coetzee, the work was first exhibited at the Belgian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2013.

  • 22 januari 2016

English Translation of Jaap Robben's novel 'Birk'

English Translation of Jaap Robben's novel 'Birk'

Dutch author Jaap Robben’s debut novel Birk has been published in English by World Editions as You Have Me to Love translated by David Doherty.

The book, which won a Dutch booksellers’ prize, has been praised for its evocative narrative voice, with reviewers drawing comparisons with Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003).

David Doherty’s translation was praised in an article in The Irish Times for its sensitivity.

  • 17 december 2015

English Translation of Dutch Novel about the Brontë Sisters in Brussels

English Translation of Dutch Novel about the Brontë Sisters in Brussels

Jolien Janzing’s second novel De meester focuses on a little-known episode in the lives of the Brontë sisters. The book was inspired by a chance meeting with a priest in Brussels, who told Janzing that Charlotte Brontë had visited the cathedral for confession in the 19th century.

Paul Vincent’s translation of De meester as Charlotte Brontë’s Secret Love is published by World Editions, a Dutch publishing house that focuses on international literature in English translation.

Both De meester and its English translation were supported by the Flemish Literature Fund. There has been further international interest, with the novel set to appear in German, French and Turkish, and the film rights sold to David P. Kelly Films.

  • 4 december 2015

Rem Koolhaas to Build Cultural Flagship for Manchester

Rem Koolhaas to Build Cultural Flagship for Manchester

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) have won a competition to build a new arts centre in Manchester. The building is called The Factory, after the city’s record label of the same name.

  • 30 november 2015

Location of Vermeer’s Little Street discovered

Location of Vermeer’s Little Street discovered

Professor of art history Frans Grijzenhout at the University of Amsterdam has solved the puzzle of the location of Johannes Vermeer's (1632-1675) famous painting The Little Street (1658), identifying the spot at Vlamingstraat 40-42 to the east of the centre of Delft.

  • 9 november 2015

Historian and Intellectual Lisa Jardine (1944-2015)

Historian and Intellectual Lisa Jardine (1944-2015)

The 25th October 2015 saw the death of British historian, writer and intellectual Lisa Jardine, who wrote on a wide range of subjects including influential work on historical relations between England and the Netherlands.