Annet Schaap has written the best children's book of the year with 'Lampje' (Small Lamp) and wins the Boekenleeuw 2018. Marit Törnqvist receives a Boekenpauw for her illustrations in ‘Het Gelukkige Eiland’ (The Happy Island). Both books were published at Querido.
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.
The Mauritshuis in The Hague has acquired a flower cartouche by the Antwerp artist Daniel Seghers (1590-1661). At the center of the composition is a portrait bust of the poet, diplomat and scholar Constantijn Huygens. The painting had been off the radar since 1828, but it recently resurfaced in a private collection. The new acquisition, which has been restored, is now on display in the museum. The painting was acquired with support from the BankGiro Loterij and Mr H.B. van der Ven.
In the exhibition 80 Years’ War, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam looks back at the Revolt that led to the division of the Netherlands. At the request of deBuren, eighteen young Flemish and Dutch authors each bring an artefact from the exhibition back to life. Over the next few weeks you can read several of their stories in translation for the first time. Today AYA SABI shines her light on a stained-glass king.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Biennale Interieur. From 18 to 22 October the world gathers in Kortrijk, Belgium, to discover the newest design and interior trends.
Today, everyone is convinced that cigarettes are harmful to our health. That used to be different in the old days. Who remembers still the advertisements on which men and women cheerfully blew out smoke? From 19 October, the exhibition ROOK (Smoke) brings those smelly days back to the Huis van Alijn in Ghent.
The Eighty Years' War broke out 450 years ago. To mark this event the Rijksmuseum is holding an exhibition entitled 80 Years’ War. The Birth of the Netherlands. From 12 October 2018 to 20 January 2019, satirical cartoons, items of clothing, weapons and paintings by Bruegel, Rubens and Ter Borch will be our ‘eyewitnesses’, telling the story of how the Dutch nation was born.
Thinking about blond beach boys and girls on white beaches when surfing comes to mind? Think again. The world of surfing is much more diverse than the stereotypes. Photographer Stephan Vanfleteren proves it with Surf Tribe, an exhibition about the international surfing community in Kunsthal Rotterdam.
The website of The Gazette van Detroit will cease to exist by December. The paper version already disappeared three years ago. The Gazette has been the voice of the Flemish in North America for the last 104 years.
2019 marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn’s death. All over the world institutions will celebrate this remarkable painter and his contemporaries of the Dutch Golden Age with major exhibitions and events throughout the year. Take your agenda and prepare your culture trip with this overview of activities, made by CODART, the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art.
Next month we welcome a revised English edition of what could be the ultimate book about the exceptional Ostend painter Léon Spilliaert.