Toots Thielemans had passed away. In The Low Countries Yearbook, jazz specialist Marc Van den Hoof called him “one of the great stylists of jazz” who needs “just one note to create a whole new world and let it blossom”. Read his portrait of Toots Thielemans in this blog post.
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The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies (CAANS-ACAEN) mentions our French language review Septentrion in its August 2016 newsletter:
Septentrion issue 2 for 2016 has as its main theme the portrayal by authors of their mothers, who are presented as anything from marvellous to awful. Out of a large number of such works discussed, we get to read translated extracts from three of the 28: Tom Lanoye’s Sprakeloos, Adriaan van Dis’s Ik kom terug, and Erwin Mortier’s Gestameld liedboek.
Read the entire newsletter here.
On 11th June 2016 the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize was awarded jointly to Paul Vincent and John Irons for 100 Dutch-Language Poems, published by Holland Park Press (see last year's blog post), and to Philip Roughton for Jón Kalman Stefánsson's The Heart of Man, translated from Icelandic and published by MacLeHose Press.
The judges described 100 Dutch-Language Poems as ‘a rich anthology, based on the two translators’ personal preferences, but also managing to represent something like a canon of important works judged by criteria clearly explained in the translators’ preface’. They were ‘impressed above all by the inventiveness, the variety, and often the sheer beauty of these English works, through which the Dutch poetic voices speak and sing to us.’
The exhibition Via Antwerp will be on show throughout the summer of 2016 in the temporary exhibition rooms on the first floor next to the Great Hall on Ellis Island, where the immigrants had to wait for inspection.
421,700 people attended the great Hieronymus Bosch exhibition in Den Bosch, the painter’s birthplace. Now it is the turn of the Prado in Madrid, with El Bosco. La exposición del V Centenario (until September 11th). The Spanish Museum has a couple of extra treasures: The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Seven Deadly Sins, Christ Crowned with Thorns, The Temptation of St Anthony and The Final Judgement.
Read more about Bosch in these two articles from The Low Countries Yearbook:
- Hieronymus Bosch – Both Trendsetter and Representative of His Time. Reflections on the Significance of His Oeuvre (€) by Manfred Sellink in The Low Countries 24 (2016)
- An Enduring Fascination. The Boom in Bosch by Eric de Bruyn in The Low Countries 10 (2002)
On 4-5 June 2016 Queen Mary University of London is to host a conference ‘Beyond Flanders Fields: The Great War in Belgium and the Netherlands’, exploring aspects of the First World War.
Keynote speakers are Sophie De Schaepdrijver of Pennsylvania State University on ‘“A Less-than Total Total War”: Neutrality, Invasion, and the Stakes of War, 1914-1918’ and Hubert van Tuyll of Georgia Regents University on ‘The Low Countries as Enemies, 1918-1920’.
In this blog post, you can read two articles from The Low Countries Yearbook by Sophie De Schaepdrijver about Belgium during World War One.
Who wrote the lyrics of the Wilhelmus, the oldest national anthem in the world, although it only became the official Dutch national anthem in 1932?
The Wilhelmus was written at the start of the Eighty Years’ War (ca. 1570) when the Low Countries rebelled against the repressive politics of the Spanish king. The text is traditionally ascribed to Philips of Marnix, Lord of Saint-Aldegonde, a nobleman from the south of the Netherlands and mayor of Antwerp, who acted as a sort of spin doctor for the House of Orange-Nassau from the 1570s. Academics, however, have always questioned the attribution.
Computer analysis has now presented a completely different candidate: Peter Datheen or Petrus Dathenus, a second-rate sixteenth-century poet from French Flanders (Cassel, 1531-1588). Datheen was an advisor to William of Orange on Church matters, but the Calvinist hardliner fell out with the advocate of Realpolitik.
UCL Press recently announced the publication of Discord and Consensus in the Low Countries, 1700-2000, edited by Jane Fenoulhet, Gerdi Quist and Ulrich Tiedau.
Arranged in chronological order the contributions tackle premodern Dutch identity, eighteenth century literature, presentation of the period of union of the Low Countries in 1815-30, graphic novel adaptations of Hendrik Conscience’s Lion of Flanders, controversies in the Gazette van Detroit during the First World War, the Battle of Arnhem and subsequent reconstruction, the first and final novels of Hella S. Haasse, the film adaptation of Tessa de Loo’s De Tweeling (The Twins), regional development in the Dutch-German border area in the 1950s and 1960s, and EU language policy.
Film star Jude Law regularly refuses big films for good stage roles. Ivo Van Hove, who has previously worked with David Bowie and who is better known these days for the prestigious American Tony Awards, has snared the British actor for his company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, to take on a leading role in Obsession.
Jude Law had seen A View from the Bridge (winner of a Tony Award) and Antigone, both directed by Van Hove, and the matter was soon settled over lunch with the director in Rome.
Dutch actors Halina Reijn and Gijs Scholten van Aschat will be on stage with Jude Law, acting in English, a new step in the international career of Toneelgroep Amsterdam, which is staging this production in collaboration with the Barbican theatre in London.
Obsession is one of three productions by Toneelgroep Amsterdam included in the Barbican’s 2017 programme, alongside Romeinse tragedies (The Roman Tragedies) and Na de repetitie (After the Rehearsal) / Persona.
The Low Countries Yearbook has published several articles on Ivo Van Hove. Read them in this blog post.
Opening today, Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) in Antwerp will host Glasses, a solo museum exhibition featuring a selection of portraits by Tuymans. A portion of the presentation will travel to the National Portrait Gallery in London. In the fall of this year, the artist’s work will be presented in a solo exhibition at Lille Métropole, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, as well as the 9th Biennale de Montréal.
In New York, meanwhile, the painter presents something of his introverted side. The title of his new exhibition comes from Jean-Luc Godard’s film Le Mépris (Contempt). ‘That is how I often feel these days,’ says the painter.