Photographing people who photograph art

Yesterday I visited a festival called Kantor in a deserted laboratory, somewhere in an industrial area in the western outskirts of Amsterdam. At an art installation, I discovered this great work by Olivier van Breugel and Simone Mudde, who photographed Rijksmuseum visitors who photograph the Dutch masters. I’m always mildly irritated when I see groups of […]

‘Jep Gambardella lives and he’s a Spanish architect’

Whenever you travel to Barcelona, think of the man who designed Terminal 1, architect Ricardo Bofill, and the beautiful ‘Cathedral‘ he has created out of a cement plant (a project that started in 1973). When my friend Justus Bruns alerted me to this video, he said ‘Jep Gambardella lives and he’s a Spanish architect’. I like that […]

Visiting the museum at night: an everyday reality at Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo is an art museum that is open from noon to midnight, so I was able to visit on Saturday evening around 9pm, which I absolutely loved. During the evening, I’m in a better mood to experience the art installations of Palais de Tokyo. During the day, I’m more concerned with the next thing […]

Dries van Noten shows his inspirations to the public in Paris

My girlfriend is in fashion and wanted to see the Dries van Noten exhibition in Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, so we took the train from Amsterdam to get there, which felt like a very cosmopolitan thing to do. Belgian fashion designer Van Noten (1958), who still owns 100 percent of his company’s shares, shows […]

Visiting the Tate for the first time; my 7 highlights

I have three rules for visiting a city: 1) never take the underground, 2) when you see a queue for a restaurant, join it and 3) visit the museum for modern art. Last week, when I visited London to speak at a journalism conference, I had a hard time abiding the first rule, but the third […]

How to leave a party

explore-blog: How to leave a party: Ghost vs. Goodbye – another brilliant flowchart for modern life from artist Wendy MacNaughton and writer Caroline Paul (a powerhouse creative couple), who previously gave us Should I Check My Email? (one of the best infographics of 2013) and What Mode of Transportation Should I Use? Pair with MacNaughton’s wonderfully thoughtful illustrated […]

Paul Klee

At the home where I grew up, a painting of Paul Klee adorned the staircase. I must’ve seen it a thousands times and I’ve loved Klee’s work ever since. I wonder whether this love is caused by just the familiarity and its nostalgic associations, or if the continuous confrontation with Klee’s work meant a starting […]

Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser

Richard Hamilton – Swingeing London 67 “Hamilton based this work on a photograph, appropriated from a newspaper, showing Mick Jagger handcuffed to the art dealer Robert Fraser. The photograph appeared following their appearance in court on drugs charges. Both were convicted.The title plays the term ‘Swinging London’ against the judge’s insistence on imposing a swingeing penalty. […]