The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven has existed for 75 years, which was celebrated on 24 September 2011. Everyone was invited to visit the museum for free. Three exhibitions were on show under the theme ‘Vanuit hier / Out of here’ , where the significance of artists, collectors and city of Eindhoven were central. In addition to these were all sorts of activities and a workshop for pizza baking, theatre, music and circus. ‘Vanuit hier / Out of here’ will continue showing until 8 January 2012. Photo essay by Manon Vosters, on assignment for VersPers.
There’s a bit of a trend of that’s going to hit the streets of our town soon. Some of it has already arrived. Strangers to and in Eindhoven.
Gah! We had another one of those weekends where there was too much to do, plus glorious weather on Saturday. Blessed with an unseasonable 27 degrees, and spectacular lightning shows at midnight, and a full moon … I had to choose between: a) All day mini-dance festival ZomersSwingFeest III in the Philips de Jongh Park [...]
Love affairs are funny, and not only can you have them with friends, lovers or pets, but you can have them with cities. So many times I’ve heard about people loving their cities, like New York, Paris, London. But Eindhoven?
Two decades ago I took singing lessons for two years, from one boastful Mr Ian Field. An old woman of a teacher – he was a baritone who claimed how easy it was for him to learn how to be a tenor, but was also a hurdler for Australia in the 1952 Olympics. I ask you. Anyway, I learnt more from one formidable Mr Kurt Elling in 45 minutes than I did in those laborious lessons, and this is why. I’m an adult now. I think.
If you get 8 amateur dancers together, each with anywhere between 2 and 10+ years’ dance experience, and you measure the length of their arms, then you get an average of 0731. That’s the sort of thing that choreographer Katrien van de Camp does. She’s not your average dancer or choreographer. First of all she a fighter; second of all, she rotates your perspective and prods you to jump out of your comfort zone and into uncharted territory.
A-Z of food I have been totally obsessed with food, lately. I am expanding my vocabulary of food, starting with a basic alphabet of cuisine. I’m Australian, so that’s the “A”. We have great produce, and everyone’s from somewhere else, so the food heritage in my home country is so rich. For B, British – [...]
I’ve been taking my time reading In Praise of Slow. I know the organizer of the Slow Management Conference which is taking place tomorrow. And I also know the guys from KLOKby who will be opening their atelier doors tomorrow and talking about their approach to co-creation when creating mechanical timepieces. Let’s take a moment to stop and slow down, here in Eindhoven. Plenty of ways to get you thinking about old man time.
By Chris Rawlins, guest blogger
There’s something terribly wrong with the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. As I went around, I felt it more and more. By the end of my visit, I knew exactly what it was. Van Gogh’s paintings are taking up too much space!
Humans love music because it moves us. It moves us to feel and do things that ordinary life sometimes doesn’t do, because we don’t pay enough attention. The genius of the Naked Song Festival, every year, is the brilliant programming that spans the full gamut of human emotions (well so it seems). This year I cried, laughed, nodded, admired and danced. And if you can do that in a span of 7 hours and feel like your heart is bursting with thanks, if you feel like your life is richer and that you are capable of so much more than you were before, then good programmers and artists will continue to be in the business of changing lives.