From Museum Helmond in North Brabant province in the Netherlands:
Work for a better world
For art and design enthusiasts, now is the time to visit the Netherlands, for it is the year of Mondriaan and ‘Dutch Design’. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the founding in Leiden of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl (The Style). Beginning at the end of the First World War, artists such as Bart van der Leck and Piet Mondriaan attempted to utilise this principally abstract and entirely ‘new art’ to make the world a better place, and modernise society.
The ‘Work for a Better World’ exhibition at Museum Helmond gives art lovers the opportunity to enjoy art from artists including Peter Alma, Bart van der Leck and Johan van Hell. ‘Work for a better world’ will run from 4 April to 27 August in De Kunsthal, located in the centre of Helmond and easily accessible by bicycle, car, public transport and on foot.
Speaking up for workers
Artists such as Alma, Van der Leck and Toorop spoke up for workers at a time when they were afforded few rights, received low wages and worked long, hard days. Begun as a journal, De Stijl showcased artists who used their social commitment to produce paintings and prints. Peter Alma in particular, a friend of Mondriaan and Van der Leck, used elements such as black lines, primary colours and abundant white in his work. Alma’s main aim was to produce art for the ordinary man. His wood carving ‘8 uur’ (8 o’clock) from 1928 is a battle cry for workers’ rights, while ‘Stilleven met blaasbalg, hamer en bijl’ (Still Life with Bellows, Hammer and Axe) from 1918 is a textbook example of De Stijl.
Johan van Hell and others
The exhibition has been put together from the museum’s own collection Mens en Werk, supplemented by loaned items. In addition to works from proponents of De Stijl as mentioned above, the exhibition will also feature works from artists including Lou Loeber, Johan van Hell, Theo van Stiphout and Meijer Bleekroode.
This 29 May 2017 shows three European bison calves, born early this month in the Maashorst nature reserve in North Brabant province in the Netherlands.
Herman Schelleken made this video
This March 2017 video is about red deer being freed in Dutch nature reserve Het Groene Woud in North Brabant province. Red deer had been extinct in that province for over a century.
This November 2016 video is about plans in North Brabant province in the Netherlands to improve things for rare treefrogs.
The regional water authority, local authorities, Toxandria golf course and others together want to make an eleven kilometer long zone in which treefrogs can move to prevent becoming isolated, with risks of becoming extinct.
One aspect of the plan is to make a viaduct crossing a highway fit for treefrogs.
Listening to a deafening chorus of Cope’s gray treefrogs on a spring evening, scientists have wondered: Do female frogs use a similar strategy to pick important messages about potential mates out of the cacophony? Here.
This 24 January 2017 video shows a little grebe catching a fish (a young perch, I think) in a hole in the ice in the Eindhoven canal in North Brabant province in the Netherlands. Then, it loses the fish under the ice.
This January 2017 video shows a green woodpecker searching for ants to eat in Hoogeloon in North Brabant province in the Netherlands.
Fred van Hoof made this video.
This video says about itself:
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN – The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch
20 September 2016
IN CINEMAS FROM 3 NOVEMBER 2016
Delve into the vivid imagination of a true visionary.
Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? Discover the answers to these questions and more with this remarkable new film from EXHIBITION ON SCREEN.
The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch features the critically acclaimed exhibition ‘Visions of a Genius’ at the Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time to his home town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and attracted almost half a million art lovers from all over the world.
With his fascinating life revealed plus the details and stories within his works seen like never before, don’t miss this cinematic exploration of a great creative genius.
For more information go to www.exhibitiononscreen.com.