Culture & Arts

A World of Culture 1 2024

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Your e-magazine about the latest and greatest in (inter)national art and culture!

National Gallery Athens * Frans Hals in het Rijksmuseum * Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen * Musée d'Orsay

In these sometimes complex times, art plays an even bigger role than usual! It provides a moment of emotion, often positive. It's a stimulus. The sun! There is light, the mind is enlightened. Of course, art also portrays the darker sides of being. That is also its duty. Art asks questions.Great works of war and sorrow, they can be seen everywhere in museums! But there are also images of youth, gifts of nature, rich diversity, or enchanting landscapes. The National Gallery in Athens is a great example. And of course, there's the magnificent artwork depicting the naval battles that brought success to the maritime Greeks. But the larger part of what is on display is art that conveys and challenges life. Boijmans van Beuningen is remodelling the museum, which is really exciting! The Depot is a temporary home for the collection, where it is stored and displayed to the public. Inside, you'll find a silver-tinted building with zigzag stairs à la Giovanni Piranesi, as well as glass lifts. The collection is visible in a kind of industrial setting, which is really cool. And outside the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, you'll find Pipilotti Rist's video light installation, which is really impressive! Art is the sun! We need that!


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Caspar David Friedrich 250 jaar jubileum Dresden Special

A special on Caspar David Friedrich's 250th anniversary in his hometown of Dresden.

Slow traveller Caspar David Friedrich let nature and the landscape take effect on him at a slow, steady pace. Friedrich wanted to experience what he saw, feeling it and sensing it on his mind and probably also on his soul. His paintings are composed of sketches from years past, combined with what he saw and drew recently. What did Caspar David Friedrich want to say with his oeuvre? What was his deepest goal and his most fundamental desire? There is so much charge in his work that inspiration can be found in every spot of a canvas. Enigmatic and touching. The hues in his works show a great understanding of the colours and scents of nature. He was an inspirer of Samuel Beckett and Walt Disney. Religious and radical. The most important painter of German Romanticism. He is considered a forerunner of Impressionism. He was ahead of his time. Dresden was his hometown and from August 2024, the city honours his 250th birth anniversary. In grand fashion, full of charge, as it should be.


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Het Musée d'Orsay, juweel van Parijs


A special on the iconic Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

In Berlin, we know the Hamburger Bahnhof. Now, the Museum of Modern Art! Paris has the Musée d'Orsay, which is also a former railway station. The Orsay is a stunning example of the powerful architecture that can be found in railway stations, combined with its French origins and a touch of elegance. It's one of the world's leading museums. A visit to the Orsay is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in art. It's a journey through the ages, from Art Deco to sculptures by Rodin and a collection of paintings that includes a journey through Renoir, works by Manet, Monet, Raffaëlli, O'Connor, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Cézanne, Degas and many others. The light from the canopy of the former railway station adds another dimension to the experience of art, making it truly unique. This museum deserves a place on your Paris city trip, even with the kids!

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L'Opéra national de Paris in het Palais Garnier

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Special to the Palais Garnier and the Opéra national de Paris.

It is hard to imagine how many visitors have gone home happy in the 350 years of its existence. L'Opéra national de Paris is a grande dame, even by Parisian standards. At the Palais Garnier, the ambitions of young and established artists seem to be allowed to rival the beauty of the theatre itself, a jewel of architecture and finesse. Visit the theatre during the day and, with a bit of luck, catch a performance.

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Semperoper en Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Special


A special on the Semperoper and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD).

The Semperoper is one of the world's most renowned theatres. Its imposing building, enchanting interior and world-class acoustics exude excellence. The theatre auditorium embodies excellence.

The museums in Dresden operate in cooperation under the name Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The institute has as many as 10 locations, including the Zwinger Palace. The Residenzschloss houses an impressive array of museum collections. Dresden's historical skyline is already of great beauty, and this group of museums plus the Semperoper makes this city a cultural experience of exceptional level.


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Joaquín Sorolla, de Spaanse meesterschilder


E-magazine on Joaquín Sorolla, the Spanish 'Master of Light'.

We all know the sheer beauty of the evening sky!  Sunlight can dazzle us, but if we remain wise, it can also provide us with a beautiful hue! But how can we capture light in painting? How can we capture the magic of light? Joaquín Sorolla does so in such an absolutely enchanting way that it transports you, it's unforgettable! 2023 marked the 100th anniversary of the death of the incredible Joaquín Sorolla. He was inspired by his home city Valencia by the sea, the stunning dune landscape around it and the incredible scenes the sea brought with it. All this with a refined sense of atmosphere and moment, combined with his incredible talent for capturing light on canvas! I firmly believe that Sorolla is also a master at depicting feeling and emotion. His portraits are brimming with energy and emotion. The eyes of the depicted figures speak volumes, inviting the viewer to guess at what is causing the feeling shown. Or perhaps he entices recognition. It is an absolute delight to see works by the 'Master of Light', as he is called. Light, moment and feeling offer so much to art, and Joaquín Sorolla shows us all how it's done!

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Steampunk Barcelona 2024

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Your e-magazine about the spectacular world of steampunk!

Steampunk is also called an art movement, a lifestyle, a vision of life and society, or a tasty outlet. Give it a name! Steampunk is certainly a reason for a delightful kind of extravagance. Barcelona has a great steampunk scene. Our photo special is a logical extension of that.


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Over en Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Ervaren reispublicisten presenteren een portfolio e-media gebaseerd op verschillende reisthema's. Op sterk visuele basis wordt een bestemming getoond. Natuurlijk gaan we ook in op zaken als juiste kleding en wat vooral niet te doen. Daarnaast komt reiscomfort aan bod, zodat de trip zo prettig mogelijk wordt!

De Koninklijke Bibliotheek is de gerenommeerde instantie die de bibliotheken in Nederland runt, alsook Sinds November 2020 is ons portfolio opgenomen in hun e-aanbod. Kijk op Gratis dus voor e-leden van de Bieb!