Let's toast to 2014's last night - and 555 kg of grinded champagne bottles!

Alicja Kwade, 412 Lieter bis zum Anfang ('555 kg of grinded champagne bottles'), 2008
Ann Veronica Janssens, Untitled, 2014, glitter
Royden Rabinowitch, Medium Grease Cone, 1969, steel and grease


The Sugar House in The Hague

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Laughing Man, c. 1629-1630

Jan Steen, Girl Eating Oysters, c. 1658 - 1660

Antoon François Heijligers, Interior of the Rembrandt Room in the Mauritshuis in 1884
Room with The Bull, Paulus Potter, 1647

Hendrick Avercamp, Ice Scene, c. 1610

So happy that I finally visited The Mauritshuis in The Hague! The museum houses primarily Dutch Golden Age paintings, but also shows a couple of beauties by Flemish artists like Pieter Breughel and Rogier van der Weyden.
It was built in the seventeenth century as a private home for Johan Maurits van Nassau, the governor of Brazil (a Dutch colony at that time). The Mauritshuis was nicknamed the 'Sugar House', as Governor van Nassau made a fortune on the backs of enslaved Africans whom he forced to work on sugar plantations in Brazil.



The Bridges of Europe

The architectural bridges found on euro bank notes never actually existed, until now: Dutch artist Robin Stam made the stylized bridges portrayed on the backs of the euro banknotes a reality. The seven bridges are constructed in a housing development in the Rotterdam suburb of Spijkenisse (The Netherlands). Hereby the gps coordinates for your own visit: 51°51'05.2"N 4°20'23.2"E.


A Very Merry Christmas from Charlemagne Palestine & me

An installation full of hugs and cuddles by Charlemagne Palestine @ Villa Empain, Brussels

 "In Island Song (1976), Charlemagne Palestine straps a video camera to a motorcycle and then drives around the island as though searching for an escape. His chanting voice merges with the vibrations of the motor, forming an incessant soundtrack that echoes the jarring motion of the camera."


Rolling out

Andy Coolquitt at Lisa Cooley
Piero Gilardi, Rotolo di tappeto natura (Roll of nature rug), 1967
From Arte Povera by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, 2005
Ulla von Brandenburg, from the exhibition Das Versteck des W.L., 2011, 2013, Kunsthalle Hamburg


Giuseppe Penone's hands on the turn

From 'Giuseppe Penone', Catherine Grenier, 2004

E.L.T. Mesens in search of meaning

E.L.T. Mesens, Wat wij eronder verstaan ('What we mean by it'), 1926
E.L.T. Mesens, Wat zij eronder verstaan ('What they mean by it'), 1926

From Avant-Garde in België, 1917 - 1929, Frederik Leen, Brussels/Antwerp, Gemeentekrediet, 1992


Richard Long, another hand shaker

Richard Long, Shaking hands with passers-by, 1968

from Arte Povera, by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Phaidon

Ulla von Brandenburg's ribbons

Ulla von Brandenburg, 7 ribbons (brown, green, blue violet, rose, pink, yellow, blue), 2014
Ulla von Brandenburg, Kostüm mit Bändern, 2013 (ink, aquarel, paper collage on old maps)
Ulla von Brandenburg, 8 ribbons (light blue, brown, grey, rose, orange, turquoise, green, pink), 2014

More works by Ulla Von Brandenburg here