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May 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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The husband of the doll

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On the Coolsingel, the artery of the shopping district of Rotterdam, is a statue that always makes me smile. It is  not easy to fathom though. Nimble is the man on his pedestal. Is he dancing? Has he taken a running start and is he ready to fly? For a statue there is much movement.

Although the body is quite lifelike, the head looks clownish. Yet I do not think it was the intention of the artist to depict a clown image. The caricaturistic face radiates with satisfaction, but in a crazy manner. It reminds me of the shoppers who rush from shop to shop to buy clothes and stuff that they do not need.

Anyhow, I think Thomas Puckey, a Brit who works in the Netherlands since 1978 as a sculptor and teacher, did a great job. He made a piece of art, that I not only love, but I also like about the meaning. Not every artist succeeds in this…

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November 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

Appropriate monuments in memory of Anna Blaman

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ROTTERDAM – 2010 is Anna Blaman Year. It was fifty years ago that the writer died in Rotterdam. With the creation of a monument reappraisal of herself and her work receives final form. The monument was designed by artist Maria Roosen and Arild Veld and was unveiled by Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb on Sept. 24.

The monument, Eenzaam Avontuur (Solitary Adventure), is a replica of a motorcycle because Blaman was regularly seen on such vehicle. In the 40s a woman on a motorcycle was a striking appearance. Anna Blaman was a prominent writer of great significance for homosexuals in the Netherlands. In the narrow-minded 50s she was one of the few who openly lived their sexual identity. Anna Blaman (Ben Liever Als Man – I’d rather be a man) is the pseudonym of Johanna Petronella Vrugt.

That the memorial stands on the Heemraadssingel, opposite the open university is very appropriate because Blaman was a teacher before devoting herself entirely to writing.
In the nearby Vliegerstraat an enlargement of the portrait of Blaman as P.C. Hooft Prize Winner can be admired. This second memorial is placed opposite the former home of Blaman and her family. Here she lived at number 50a, from 1928 until her death in 1960. The enlarged picture was painted by Willem Kerssemeijer and Cor Verboom of Advertising Atelier Leo Mineur.

Although the motorcycle stands for tough and independent and therefore naturally appeals to the imagination, the portrait was also much praised. Some can hardly believe it was painted. Anna Blaman is appropriately remembered with both monuments. Both are made for an artist by an artist. Both structures are clearly handicraft and show that they were created with love for the craft. They can be compared to the craft of the sharpening of words and phrases by Anna Blaman.

Dine on a special location

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The next three weeks, Berlin has one additional restaurant. Behind a battered door Tony Hornecker opened the new pop-uprestaurant “The Pale Blue Door“. Once inside, a cheerful ratatouille of tree houses, rickety stepladders and colorful tablecloths and curtains awaits you.

Pop-uprestaurants are improvised restaurants on a temporary location. The emphasis is on the temporal aspect, so you could call it guerrilla restaurants. Besides eating, perception is an important aspect. Because the locations of the restaurants are not particularly typical, decoration is very important.

The British set designer Tony Hornecker is  already an experienced  pop-uprestaurateur. Previously he opened (and closed) successful pop-uprestaurants in other major cities in the world: Santiago, Buenas Aires and London. He was also at the Glastonbury Festival in England. Each restaurant is unique, but some of the elements used are part of the basic. Thus, the pale blue door from Horneckers house in London.

I can not wait for Hornecker to come to the Netherlands. (i.e.: Rotterdam) As is now widely known, I have a great passion for good food and places can not be crazy enough, as long as they serve food and drinks. Unfortunately it is not known whether Hornecker will pop up in the Netherlands. Next year a tour of South America in on the agenda.

More information and beautiful photos of Tony Horneckers projects can be found at

The picture above was made by Manuel Vazquez. If you are interested to see more of his work, check out

No R’Uitmarkt in 2010

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Close your eyes and pretend you hear Last Post for R’Uitfestival as we know it…

This year there is no R’Uitmarkt in the first weekend of September. This year for example no Kyteman who enchants us with the mesmerizing sounds from his trumpet. The R’Uitmarkt, with performances on and around Schouwburgplein and an information market has ceased to exist.

Rotterdam Festivals in collaboration with the Rotterdam cultural institutions decided to develop a new concept to celebrate the opening of the cultural season in Rotterdam. Although this was already announced after the 2009 edition but it will take until September 2011 to launch the new event. Fortunately, another festival to mark the opening of the cultural season, The World of Witte de With will take place as usual. The R’Uitmarkt existed since 1999, before that time there was already an annual information market.

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August 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Rotterdam in the palm of your hand

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Rotterdam has introduced a city guide app. The Rotterdam app gives visitors and inhabitants constant access to convenient city info via their mobile phones. It provides access to a city guide with information on attractions, museums, hotels, restaurants and shops and it also includes a city map and a dynamic events calendar. To download the app, users need to open with their mobile phone.

Once the app is installed you can explore Rotterdam on-the-go  on your mobile phone.  This mobile city guide highlights the very best that Rotterdam has to offer. Using the application will not require an internet connection or additional roaming costs. The content is stored in the application including the offline maps and the entire events calendar is downloaded at the first time use. You only need an Internet connection to  update the events calendar or if you want to interact with the Web.

The application offers information and images for over 500 locations in the city. You can call the location directly from the app. View the calendar for each location to see what’s on or save the location as a favorite for later reference.

The Rotterdam app is available for almost any mobile phone, including Java, Blackberry, iPhone and Android phones. The app is available in the Apple Appstore, via i-Tunes or in the Android Market. Features may differ per mobile platform.


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Over the past three years Bazar Bizar has evolved into the funniest and most idiosyncratic market of Rotterdam. It offers artists, designers, performers and musicians a stage for a day on which they can exhibit their art, creations and services. The event will take place on Wolphaertstraat, which will be transformed into an art and music market where more than 50 known and lesser known artists and designers will display their products. Dozens of stalls will fill the streets with items such as clothing, paintings, prints, jewelry, designer toys, and much more.

Besides art and design Bazar Bizar devotes considerable attention to music and theatre. Performances will take place on the streets between the market stalls or in the garden of Wolfart *). Because theater and music are not performed on stage but amongst the audience in the streets, there will certainly be a lot of interaction between the performers and the audience.

Interested? So come along and be surprised at Bazar Bizar! Hope to see you on Saturday  June26 on Wolphaertstraat in the Rotterdam district Charlois. More information on:


*) Wolfart Project Spaces supports and provides space for contemporary art and culture. Check out for more information.

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June 13, 2010 at 10:47 am