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Frans Hals major exhibition | Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
16 Feb 2024 - 9 June 2024
Extraordinarily productive, innovative, entertaining and a little rough around the edges: Frans Hals was one of a handful of painters who defined the 17th century. His distinctive, freewheeling style of painting became so influential that it’s easy to forget that he was its founder. So after thirty years, it’s high time for a new retrospective.
Image: Jester with a Lute, 1620–1625, canvas (detail), Musée du Louvre, Paris. Wikipedia Commons. Copy: Rijksmusem Amsterdam
Marina Abramović | Retrospective | Performance Art | Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
March 16 until July 14, 2024
Marina Abramović has been a prominent figure in performance and body art since the 1970s and is considered one of the most important founders of this art form. An early proponent of using the human body in performance, she has consistently pushed herself to the limit emotionally and physically, exposing herself to exhaustion, pain and even the possibility of death.
Featuring over 60 works, including photographs, videos, sculptures, four iconic live performances (all making their debut in the Netherlands) and two participatory works, this survey covers her entire impressive oeuvre.
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Image Marina Abramović and Uwe Laysiepen (detail), 1978 ©CC CODA Museum-Wikimedia
Anselm | 3D Documentary film by Wim Wenders
Anselm is a 2023 3D documentary film directed by Wim Wenders, chronicling the art of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer. The film had its world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on 17 May 2023 as a special screening, where it competed for the L’Œil d’or.
Described as “immersive”, the film illuminates Kiefer’s work, life journey, inspiration, creative process, and the artist’s fascination with myth and history. The aim is to “blur” the boundary between film and painting.
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Suzanne Valadon | Retrospective | Two new exhibitions
7 October 2023 to 11 February 2024 (Nantes) and 11 April to 1 September 2024 (Barcelona)
Valadon was well known as an artist and model during her lifetime, especially toward the end of her career, in the 1920s more specifically, as she helped to transform the female nude that depicted expression through a woman’s experience. She resisted typical depictions of women, emphasising class trappings and their sexual attractiveness, through her realistic depiction of unidealised and self-possessed women who are not overly sexualised. Championed by contemporaries such as Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, her nude work is realistic, colourful and powerfully contemporary. The 2024 travelling exhibition can be seen in Nantes and Barcelona.
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Image ©La Chambre bleue (detail), 1923, Public Domain, Wikipedia
2023 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded for the discovery of mRNA vaccines against covid-19
The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.”
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Museum Boijmans van Beuningen at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam | Exhibition
29 Sep 2023 - 14 Jan 2024
See a selection of exceptional art from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen this autumn at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The exhibition is based around various themes, allowing for the display of a wide range of artworks from all historical eras.
Exhibits include The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer by Edgar Degas and Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room.
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Human Behavioural Biology | Robert Sapolsky | Stanford University | Free video lectures | Amazingly brilliant
2010 and still so relevant
When you understand the individual parts, you will understand the complex system. Robert Sapolsky
This course covers how to approach complex normal and abnormal behaviors through biology; how to integrate disciplines including sociobiology, ethology, neuroscience, and endocrinology, to examine behaviours such as aggression, sexual behaviour, language use, and mental illness. 25 lectures that will possibly change your life. Robert Sapolsky is if not the best professor-ever, very close to it.
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Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny | Dutch National Opera | Kurt Weill | Bertold Brecht
6-27 Sep 2023
Mahagonny: A place where anything goes – as long as you pay.
Leading stage director Ivo van Hove returns to Dutch National Opera with this masterpiece by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. Using techniques from the world of film such as green screens and live camera images, he has turned this famous opera about the deceptive city of gold into a highly topical story, one that leaves a lasting impression.
Image ©Marta Syrko, copy ©Nationale Opera & Ballet
H’ART Museum: New name for the Hermitage Amsterdam
1 September 2023
British Museum, Centre Pompidou, Smithsonian now in Amsterdam
Director Annabelle Birnie today announced new international partnerships with the British Museum, Centre Pompidou and Smithsonian American Art Museum bringing world-famous art collections to Amsterdam. They mark a fresh start for the museum known as H’ART Museum from Friday 1 September. The new H’ART Museum shows the uniting force of art and opens its windows to the world.
The H’ART Museum’s first major show will be the Kandinsky exhibition held in partnership with the Centre Pompidou in mid-2024. Later, in 2026, H’ART welcomes the British Museum’s Feminine power exhibition.
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Käthe Kollwitz | Brilliant German Expressionist’s work can be seen in Berlin and Köln
Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)
Käthe Kollwitz was a German artist who worked with painting, printmaking (including etching, lithography and woodcuts) and sculpture was part of the German Expressionist movement. Her themes encompassed self-portraits, politics and social criticism, motherhood, war.
Extensive collections can be found at the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Berlin (new location at the Theater Building at Charlottenburg Palace) and Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln (reopens end 2023).
Images: Self-portrait, lithography, 1934 ©Käthe Kollwitz Museum Berlin, Copy ©Wikipedia