Playfulness is a recurring theme in the Dutch culture. There seems to be a particular gamesome gene in the culture, starting all the way back with Erasmus.
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.
Michaël de Kok’s paintings (°1958) are born out of his fascination with landscapes, but are increasingly becoming an ode to both colour and paint. Even though he studied at the infamous Amsterdam Rijksacademie and currently resides in the Netherlands, De Kok has always felt a strong connection with the Flemish pictorial tradition, as well as with artists such as Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012).
From 15 December you can visit the first solo exhibition of Berlinde De Bruyckere since 2014 in Museum Hof van Busleyden. In her new series 'It almost seemed a lily', the Ghent artist talks about beauty and decay on the basis of the lily.
Marga Minco has received the PC Hooft Prize. The 98-year-old author had success with her book Bitter Herbs (Het bittere kruid). Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
The year 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. A good reason to honour his work and his influence on international painting. Large-scale exhibitions are planned throughout the year, and each one tells its own exciting chapter from the life story of this legendary Golden Age painter. An overview.
One hundred and twenty years after its foundation, and after five years of renovations, the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren reopens this weekend with a look at modern Africa and a critical attitude towards Belgium's colonial past.
During the Eighty Years' War, not only the interests of the Low Countries were at stake, but also the values and norms throughout Europe. Therefore it is nice that an English translation of Revolt in the Netherlands: The Eighty Years' War, 1568-1648 will be published this month. Anton van der Lem, curator of rare books at the Leiden University Library, has beautifully updated his classic.
PEN Vlaanderen has appointed the imprisoned Turkish writer and journalist Ahmet Altan as an honorary member. The Flemish division of PEN International promotes literature and defends freedom of expression around the world. The freedom of expression is endangered in Turkey.
A look at the wealth of Central European culture: an interview with the Flemish/Polish writer and philosopher Alicja Gescinska.
The Dutch poet, prose writer and playwright Judith Herzberg (b. 1934) has received the Dutch Literature Prize from His Majesty King Willem-Alexander at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The award, the most prestigious literary prize in the Dutch-speaking world, is associated with a sum of 40,000 euros.