Archive for the “Art” Category

De Ceuvel: poluted space for creative entrepreneurs

A multidisciplinary team has come together to create an urban dream spot on a former, polluted shipyard in Amsterdam North. The team of (landscape) architects, artists, artisans, photographers and media people are renovating decayed houseboats to create a new breeding ground for young creative entrepreneurs. I learned about ‘blue economy’ and De Ceuvel october 2013 […]

Craft in focus

From the 30th of May till the 1st of June, the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam North will host ‘Craft in Focus‘: a documentary film festival about craftsmanship, The festival includes a symposium, master classes by craftsmen and film workshops. During the symposium – Tuesday evening May 27th at 19:30 – some craftsmen will give a presentation […]

Lennard Schuurmans Context

From April 24th to May 25th Walls Gallery presents: ‘Context'; A solo exhibition by mixed media master Lennard Schuurmans. The abstract works you’ll see at Context resonate with each other and the whole is a work in itself. Go see it at the Prinsengracht 737 in Amsterdam! Check out the Walls exhibition post and Lennard […]

Portraits on barricades: blending photojournalism with documentary photography

Shooting analogue large format images during emotional and sometimes violent street protests is a challenge. Katya Rezvaya and Misha Domozhilov rolled the sleeves and did it. Did it beautifully: ‘Revolutionaries from Hrushevskoho street’. Couple of weeks ago befriended photographer Katya Rezvaya and her friend Misha Domozhilov have been in Kiev for a collaboration project: portraits […]

Secret Amsterdams Guerilla Theatre

At a secret location at the NDSM wharf Amsterdam, theatre collective AGT reads pieces of known and unknown plays. Writers, directors, producers and actors come together on ‘guerrilla literary evenings’ to get inspired. ‘Just doing’ and socializing are the main principles. When I spoke with actress and AGT co creator Mareille Labohm at Blown Away […]

Blown Away by 250 artists

Saturday November 16th, Blow Away Fest opens three rusty wharf spaces to blow you away with creativity, inspiration and entertaiment. For the second year in a row, the harbour of Rotterdam will be the backdrop of this cultural festival, featuring more than 250 artists. Join the fest and treat yourself with an inspirational blend of […]

Super (Cub) birthday post card

My college Sanne Koekenbier, daily sketcher, water color painter and graphic designer, surprised me with this excellent hand drawn birthday post card I like to share. It is without doubt my own restored Super Cub! Sanne’s Art Journal like work is inspired by Danny Gregory. The text on the card reads “Hold on tight for […]

Crowd funding Dutch art

Last week I attended an IAA meeting on Crowd Funding and Innovation. One of the lecturers was ‘Voordekunst’ (English: ‘for the Art’) initiator Roy Cremers. His sympathetic project as well as the concept of crowd funding are not new at all, but Voordekunst -started September 2010- deserves to get some fresh attention. With you […]

Celebrate Krux Amsterdam first anniversary

Initiated by four young designers, Krux is an workspace on the banks of the Rijnkanaal in the city of Amsterdam. It’s attached to workspace 5, were I and some friends share our space to relax and create. Krux invites you to join their celebration of one year Krux Amsterdam. Come to see the shared workspace […]

Explore Amsterdam as a curious Sidewalk Adventurer

Navigate Marijn’s Amsterdam highlights map I love maps, interesting drawings created to orient, find special locations and dream about the unknown. The best city maps are personalized by like minded people. For my Couch Surfers I have created a personalised Amsterdam highlights map using Google Maps. A map with all my favorite places in and […]

Maxim Santalov’s mega mix

I recently met the 24 years old self-taught Russian artist Maxim Santalov at the ‘No Man’s Art Gallery’ in Amsterdam, March 2013. Maxim is based in Moscow. His remarkably recognizable (wax) pencil style shows strongly contrasting colours and mostly simple abstract and figurative shapes. His distinctive technique of layers and scratching adds a lot of […]

Shine a light on the contemporary art scene

Art philosopher and journalist Marianne van Dijk proposed me a great contemporary art review website she is writing for: Tubelight. This beacon in the Dutch art scene is also shining on mobile devices as an app. Visit and be up to date and inspired

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