Thursday, August 25, 2016


The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam presents 170 Japanese prints from the Elise Wessels Collection, picturing Japan’s rapid modernization during the opening decades of the twentieth century. Alongside prints, the exhibition will feature kimonos and lacquerware from the Jan Dees and René van der Star Collection and posters on loan from the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.Japan modernized rapidly in the first half of the 20th century. The growing international trade and booming economy had a great impact on Japanese society. This is reflected in graphic art of the period. At the beginning of the 20th century two new print movements arose. The innovative soak hang (creative prints), which focused on modern city life, and the more traditional shin hanga (new prints), which was more often informed by nostalgia and commerce.
This exhibition presents a selection of the Japanese woodcut prints from the extensive collection of Elise Wessels.
In the early 1900s, Japan was booming. Its modern urban centres offered a fertile climate for burgeoning industries and gave rise to new forms of leisure. As in Europe and America, women were pushing back old boundaries, forging a new model of the ‘modern girl’. Alongside optimism, there was also a prevailing sense of nostalgia, fed by feelings of uncertainty. In this era of vast change, the past was glorified as an ideal. With Japan in the midst of this whirlwind development, a devastating earthquake struck in 1923, ravaging the city of Tokyo and many towns and villages for miles around. Work immediately began on reconstruction of the country’s capital, putting the pace of modernization into an even higher gear. Synthetic fabrics made clothing, including kimonos, more affordable, and in their window displays the new department stores showcased the latest fashions to tempt shoppers. By 1930, Tokyo was a modern world metropolis that bore little resemblance to the city it had been just a few decades earlier. The new image of women was widely disseminated by advertisements for the rapidly growing cosmetic industry, and was subsequently embraced by writers and artists. In practice, however, the situation was quite different as most Japanese women still wore kimonos. Sometimes they combined this with a new hairdo, for instance a bob style, or chose a kimono with a contemporary pattern.
(Until September 11- Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam)

Prints from this period offer an unparalleled window into this turbulent time. Japan already had a long tradition of printmaking, but the early twentieth century saw the emergence of two new artistic currents known as Shin hanga (‘new prints’) and Sōsaku hanga (‘creative prints’). Artists within these two movements each applied traditional woodcutting techniques in their own specific ways. Shin hanga artists used time-honoured methods and pictorial content that dovetailed with Japan’s centuries-old printmaking tradition, choosing subjects such as idealized female portraits and evocative landscape prints. Sōsaku hanga artists, by contrast, were avant-gardists with innovative ideas about the role of the artist and the creative process, whose subject matter revolved around the modern world, city life and industry. Weaving together these two strands of Japanese printmaking, this exhibition tells the story of a society in transformation.

These posters announce the opening of the first section of the extensive underground network in Tokyo. The clothing worn by the passengers suggests that this new form of public transportation was primarily used by the city's more affluent inhabitants.

Monday, August 22, 2016


The Pllek (meaning The Place) is located on north of Amsterdam.
 It’s easy to get to Pllek, just take the free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to the NDSM wharf and you’re there in 15 minutes.
Pllek is located at NDSM Amsterdam along the waterfront, NDSM, was the largest shipbuilding company in the world, The empty buildings left to waste at Amsterdam NDSM East Wharf were soon squatted. ‘City nomads’, craftsmen, artists and wanna be artists, settled in and united, naming themselves foundation Kinetisch Noord. The city council like the idea of this new so called ‘broedplaats’ (‘breeding grounds’). Kinetisch Noord now receives subsidies from the Amsterdam city council to further develop the area an make good use of the large boathouse, the huge outside terrain and ramps.  The Pllek is made out of old ship containers that form a large room with big windows directly on the beach with a beautiful view over Amsterdam, all furniture is made from recycled materials. Here in addition to eating, sometimes you can listen live music or even watch a movie or simply enjoy the view while having a drink. Also other cool activities like yoga and massages on the beach. It's opens every day from morning to night.

The Pllek (cioè Il Luogo) si trova a nord di Amsterdam.  E' facile da raggiungere, basta prendere il traghetto gratuito dalla stazione centrale di Amsterdam al molo NDSM e siete arrivati ​​in 15 minuti. Pllek si trova lungo il litorale del NDSM Amsterdam.  NDSM era la più grande società di costruzioni navali di tutto il mondo, gli edifici lasciati vuoti dalla società  furono presto squottati. 'I City nomads", artigiani, artisti e aspiranti artisti, si riunirono e formarono la fondazione Kinetisch Olanda. Al consiglio comunale piacque l'idea di questa nuova associazione 'broedplaats' ('terreno fertile'). Kinetisch Noord ora riceve sussidi dal consiglio comunale di Amsterdam per sviluppare ulteriormente l'area e fare buon uso della grande darsena, dell'enorme terreno esterno e delle rampe.
The Pllek è composto da un insieme di containers che formano una grande sala con delle vetrate direttamente sulla spiaggia con una bella vista su Amsterdam, tutti i mobili sono realizzati con materiali riciclati. Qui oltre a mangiare, ti può capitare di ascoltare musica dal vivo o anche guardare un film o semplicemente godersi il panorama sorseggiando un drink. Ci sono inoltre anche altre attività interessanti come lo yoga e massaggi in spiaggia. E 'aperto tutti i giorni dalla mattina alla sera.

Friday, August 19, 2016


In the 20th century everything was new, inventions, innovations and charges were introduced at an unprecedented pace. The world had to come to terms with both beneficial and horrific inventions. Life fell under the spell of technology. Innovation was also a leitmotif in art. What had been done before was considered old-fashioned. A new abstract, colourful, and sometimes unsettling pictorial idiom emerged.
Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. One of the principal members of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl. Rietveld was one of the first Dutch designers to use plywood, which made of multiple thin layers of wood veneer bonded together and pressed under great pressure into a particular form.
 Here some pictures of the firsts Gerrit Rietveld's experiments about chairs design from the early 900's.
Zig zag chair with hole and zig zag chair 1932 by Gerrit Rietveld

Beguile chair by  by Gerrit Rietveld 1927

Passenger seat for the Fokker aircrafts  -  Red-Blue Chair 1918 by Gerrit Rietveld

Low chair 1945 and Mondial chair 1957 by  by Gerrit Rietveld
Piano Chair 1923 and Steltman Chair 1963 by Gerrit Rietveld

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Bansky "Lough Now" exhibition.
This exhibition at Moco Modern Contemporary Museum, contains around 50 original works by Street Art-legend Bansky. For the first time in history there is a Bansky exhibition in a museum.
In fact Bansky is well know for his outdoor art, you can find his street pieces around the globe.
Not everyone knows that Bansky also makes indoor art. Original and unique works on materials like canvas and wood. At Moco museum you can see his indoor art, owned by collectors who bought these works at Banksy's exhibitions. There are also a few of Banksy's street pieces at Moco, these were rescued and preserved from buildings that were torn down.

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