Eindhoven concert hall as Gesamtkunstwerk

Eindhoven concert hall as Gesamtkunstwerk

Niels van Eijk and Mirjam van der Lubbe were invited to do a complete makeover of Eindhoven’s concert hall. No stone went unturned, from the lobby with its touchy-feely ambient light wall to the uniforms, the carpet and that one brave yellow chair in the big auditorium. Graphics by Gerard Hadders. Read my article in the July issue of Metropolis here in Publications. Read the article…

BMW and Guggenheim team up

BMW and Guggenheim team up

BMW and the Guggenheim have started a six-year collaboration: the BMW Guggenheim Lab. Three different pavilions will travel to nine different world cities in order to help find solution to urban problems through lectures, workshops and interaction. The first pavilion opened yesterday on New York’s Lower East Side. The idea came from the young curators David van der Leer (31) and Maria Nicanor (30); the Dutch architects Kristian Koreman and Elma van Boxel of ZUS are part of the international ‘lab team’. Courageous of megabrand BMW to invest an undoubtedly mega sum in a project with such an undefined and unpredictable outcome. Read the article…

Lionel Feininger in America

Lionel Feininger in America

I was surprised to see a poster in the New York subway for a show on Lionel Feininger at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Feininger was German, wasn’t he, even though he fled to the US from the Nazi’s? Fact is, Feininger was born and died in the US.
Thanks to the Whitney I now know more about Feininger and the drama of his life. Lionel Feininger: At the Edge of the Worldshows convincingly what a multi-talented artist he was – painter, watercolorist, illustrator of handsome comic strips, sculptor of charming wood figures, woodblock printmaker, photographer, musician and even composer of thirteen fugues. Read the article…

Musical makeover in Eindhoven

Musical makeover in Eindhoven

Designers Mirjam van der Lubbe and Niels van Eijk were invited to redesign Eindhoven’s concert hall. The result is a Gesamtkunstwerk: they redid everything, from the carpet to the seating to the uniforms, even down to the cups and saucers. Read the article…

Installation art: Who cares?

Installation art: Who cares?

More artists choose for new, volatile materials as wax, tape, foam and pixels. How do museums deals with the conservaton of such art works, or non-material art? Tracy Metz presents this documentary of Maarten Tromp for Stichting Behoud Moderne Kunst.

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Dale Chihuly: glass on steroids

Dale Chihuly: glass on steroids

I arrived in Boston just in time to tag along with my friends Matthew Kiefer and Nan Porter to a high-style opening for sponsors of the exhibition Dale Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass at the Museum of Fine Arts (http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/chihuly), of which they are patrons. The whole event had a slightly surreal tinge to it. No doubt in part because I was jetlagged, but also because of the nature of Chihuly’s work, with its orgiastic colors and woozy swirling underwater shapes.  Read the article…