Amsterdam Art Weekend 2013

If you really love to walk the city and jump from one gallery to the next: this is your weekend. Amsterdam’s contemporary art scene is trying to get international traction by organising this fair. For art lovers it’s a must visit. There will be a ‘breakfast route’, for early risers, while others will love the ‘drinks and bites route’, walking from one of the 30 venues to the next. Amsterdam Art Weekend will be held from friday november 29 up to sunday december 1. There is also a special app.

Amsterdam’s newest camping – great for camping haters as well


One of the mobile art objects that you can sleep in at the Urban Campsite Amsterdam

Not a tent in sight at the Urban Campsite Amsterdam. What you see is a collection of mobile art objects that in no way reminds of the traditional camping gear. You’ll find floating homes, tree houses, beds in a closet, a caravan that brings its own garden and much more; all of them designed to actually sleep in. The campsite will be completed with a foldable sauna, a story telling caravan and regular camp fires. Encounters with the designers of the homes and other artist are part of the plan as well.
The Urban Campsite is a unique camping and exhibition in one; it’s meant for people to sleep, but also for people to get in touch with art, with neighbours, visiting tourists, designers, etc.

From August 11 to September 30, 2013
The Urban Campsite is in the northern part of Amsterdam and is easy to get to
Entrance: free
To sleep book at the website

fascinating painted ode to Amsterdam


Painting: Aemstelredamme by Chris Berens

Recently I found out about the series of paintings Chris Berens made as an ode to Amsterdam. The paintings are mysterious, painted in both a historic and fantasy style. To me they look like mythical scenes, pictures of great historical happenings and disasters from Amsterdam history (but actually they never happened).

Chris Berens has a specific technique. People often think he uses Photoshop, which he doesn’t. He paints with ink on transparent material and ‘glues’ small parts in several layers on a panel, which gives the depth and the blurry effect in the paintings.
Chris Berens style is being compared with the ancient Dutch Masters and it’s said he is being called the new Jeroen Bosch by Debbie Harry (Blondie).

If you want more after seeing the pictures on the website you can visit:
Jaski Art Gallery, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 29, Amsterdam.
They have a view works of Chris Berens on show at the moment.

Amsterdam light festival

The days are short in winter in Amsterdam. That’s a possitive thing, because when it’s dark we can enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival.  It’s new and it’s nice. From December 7th through January 20st. The festival has 4 main parts:

Boulevard of Light (December 7th through January 20th, from 7 PM until 10 PM)
Along a part of the Amstel River, around the Magere Brug, bridges and public buildings are illuminated in a spectacular and artistic way. In addition to that, some contemporary light sculptures by (famous) light artists are placed aside and on the Amstel River.

Illuminade (December 14th through December 30th, from 5 PM until 10 PM)
A walking tour of about 1 1/2 hour across the historic part of Amsterdam, between Amstel and the Maritime Museum, passing 20 inspiring light art objects.

Christmas Canal Parade (December 15th, from 6.30 PM)
In about 45 minutes, a parade of boats beautifully decorated with lights, passes the audience. Along the route several choirs will perform. The route is Westerdok, Prinsengracht, Amstel, Nieuwe Herengracht, Maritime Museum, Oosterdok.

Various programs for and by the people of Amsterdam. They take place on various locations. A.o.:
Waterlooplein Lampshade Forest can be seen from December 7th through January 20th from 12 PM  – 10 PM at the Waterlooplein.
The Light my Ride tour on December 22nd, you can join with your embellished bike, skateboard, roller skates, in short, with anything that has wheels and is not motorized. Departure from the Museumplein, next to AH at 6.30 PM.

Nice to watch: The making of, a beautiful timelapse video of the construction of some of the light festival structures.

temporary Baut completes Amsterdam’s Fleet Street

London has Fleet Street, Amsterdam has its Wibautstraat. In the years after WWII all national daily newspapers had their main offices on this rather ugly street. Things have changed by now: all dailies relocated leaving the premises vacant for new and hip restaurants, clubs and bars. Baut opened the other week in the former Parool building. We like it: it’s delicious, young, and temporary: just for the coming 800 days. Other clubs, in the same area are temporary as well: in the building next door Club Trouw opened two years ago, in the same cool format. On the other side of the road is Canvas, located in the old Volkskrant building. Great to see that Fleet Street is thriving again!

Baut, Wibautstraat 125, 1091 GL Amsterdam
Reservations: +31 (0)20 46 59 260
Baut is open for breakfast, lunch an dinner, 7 days a week from 09:00 to 01:00 (weekends 03:00).

unique summer festival in Amsterdam

Photo: Villa d’Arte

It’s one of a kind: de Parade. When this travelling festival builds up its tents, gipsy carts and other mobile stuff, a special world is created. Filled with performances, dance, music, comedy and anything in between from beautiful to weird.
It has an atmosphere of circus, mardi grass but also medieval, fairy like and yet very trendy. It is hard to describe, that’s why you should go there check it out yourself.
Probably you will not visit a performance at all and just sit at one of the many terraces of the restaurants and café’s. There you can get almost anything from cocktails to sustainable tab water and from pancakes to sophisticated dishes.
While sitting there, watching everything and everyone at the festival, you will be seeing (and be a part of) a theatre play in itself.

De Parade
Martin Luther Kingpark (Amsteldijk)
1079 LM Amsterdam
August 10 – 26, 2012
15.00 – 01.00/02.00 hours
Entrance Festival Terrain: € 7,-
Prices for performances: see website

how long will it last?

Photo by: Alphons Nieuwenhuis

Last night the artist Arturo Di Modica placed a statue of a bull at the Beursplein (stock exchange) in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam district council wants the bull removed immediately, because no permit was issued.

Arturo Di Modica did the same thing a few years ago in New York, where he placed the ‘charging bull’ near the stock exchange. In New York the bull is still in place and it’s a real tourist attraction.

Arturo Di Modica chose for a bull because it fights with the head held low, throwing its victim into the air. That movement he associates with the Stock Exchange.
He placed the bull in Amsterdam at this moment, because of the financial crisis: ‘we need a positive attitude, to face the problems’.

Question is: how long will the bull stay at the Beursplein?