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Suspect Arrested For Theft Of Van Gogh And Hals Paintings In Netherlands

“The police announced on Tuesday morning that they had arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing both Vincent Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring (1884) and Frans Hals’s Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer from two museums in the Netherlands.” The thefts occurred last year in March and August, respectively, from museums that were closed due to the pandemic. The paintings have not yet been located. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Visual, Vincent Van Gogh, Frans Hals, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden, 04.07.21

Dutch police arrest man over £18m theft of Van Gogh and Hals paintings

Search continues for Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Two Laughing Boys, stolen last yearDutch police have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals with an estimated value of £18m during night-time raids on museums in the Netherlands last year.The unnamed man was arrested on Tuesday morning at his home in the central town of Baarn over the thefts of Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Hals’s Two Laughing Boys. Co...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Hals, Baarn, Frans Hals, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden

Dutch police arrest man over theft of Van Gogh and Hals paintings

Search continues for multimillion-pound Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Two Laughing BoysDutch police have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing two paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from museums in the Netherlands last year.The man was held at his home in the central town of Baarn over the thefts of Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring and Hals’s Two Laughing Boys. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Hals, Baarn, Frans Hals, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden

How Van Gogh paid for his mentally ill sister's care decades after his death

The troubled artist’s paintings failed to make him a living but as a new book of letters shows, his legacy enabled his sibling to get the treatment he lackedVincent van Gogh remained penniless throughout his tragic life, which ended in suicide shortly after a stay in a mental asylum. Yet two decades later, paintings he had given to his sister were sold to pay for her stay in a psychiatric hospital, commanding such high prices that the proceeds funded years of treatment, according to letters publ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Painting, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Gogh

Netherlands Is Creating Master Blueprint For Returning Artworks Looted From Colonies

” On 29 January, the government of prime minister Mark Rutte became the first in Europe to approve a central mechanism for repatriating colonial loot. … Now, a research consortium of nine museums and Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit is preparing to launch a €4.5m project in June that will develop practical guidance for museums on colonial collections.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Europe, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Visual, Mark Rutte, Vrije Universiteit, 03.10.21

Tear Gun captures and freezes tears and shoots them back at whomever made you cry

This amazing project from 2016 recently resurfaced on social media. Yi Fei Chen is a designer based in the Netherlands. She built the Tear Gun as a project while attending design academy. For Yi-Fei Chen, a graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, her impossibility to speak up in self-defense during a confrontation with her tutors resulted in an internal burst of frustration, but externally only defenceless tears emerged. — Read the rest
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Rembrandt and slavery: did the great painter have links to this abhorrent trade?

No artist is more celebrated for their compassion and empathy. So why has the Dutch master’s work been included in a shocking new show linking art and the slave trade?The title of the show is simple and stark: Slavery. Due to open this spring at the mighty Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, this bold exhibition documents the importance of this abhorrent trade in the rise and wealth of the Netherlands, by juxtaposing shackles and slave inventories with works of art. There is a metal ring that has been in ...
Tags: Art, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Slavery, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Rembrandt

'We want our riches back' – the African activist taking treasures from Europe's museums

Mwazulu Diyabanza has been fined and jailed for entering museums and forcibly removing ‘pillaged’ African artefacts. He tells our writer why the British Museum is now in his sightsMwazulu Diyabanza makes no secret of why he is in France. If coronavirus had not closed most of Europe’s museums, the Congolese activist would probably be inside one right now, wresting African objects from their displays to highlight what he sees as the mass pillaging of the continent by European colonialists.And it’s...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Africa, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Netherlands, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Art Theft

Museums Around Europe Face Yet More Weeks Of Lockdown

Except in the countries where they aren’t: the Uffizi in Florence welcomed all of 800 visitors when it reopened last week, and Belgium declared museums essential and let them keep operating. But the lockdown stretches on in Britain and Germany, and museum workers get more and more worried; in France, museums had to close again after opening in the summer. Things are getting especially tense in the Netherlands, where people angrily protesting the extension of lockdowns and curfews got tear-gasse...
Tags: Art, France, Germany, Britain, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Belgium, Florence, Visual, 01.25.21

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Has Digitized 709,000 Works of Art, Including Famous Works by Rembrandt and Vermeer

Art may seem inessential to those who make the big decisions in times of crisis. But it has never seemed more necessary to artists working in the time of COVID. So it was 360 years ago when Rembrandt painted a portrait of his son, Titus, in a monk’s robe in 1660. Eight years later, Titus was dead from plague, which had only a few years earlier killed Hendrickje Stoffels, Rembrandt’s former housekeeper and second wife, who helped raise Titus, Rembrandt’s only child to survive into adulthood. The...
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The Current State Of Lockdowns Around Europe

Rules vary quite a bit between the eight countries covered here. The Netherlands, which has seen a huge surge in cases, is quite strict; Sweden, which was much laxer than most of the continent, has gotten more strict but still less so than France or Germany (which is letting some performances continue without audiences). Spain’s measures vary widely by region, as will Italy’s starting this week, while Hungary is largely open for business but its borders are virtually sealed. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Europe, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Issues, 01.05.21

Amsterdam gallery owner recalls how sale of Banksy work saved staff jobs

Kim Logchies-Prins tells how employees gathered around canvas, sold for £1.5m, to give thanksThe owner of an art museum in Amsterdam who sold a prized Banksy painting for £1.5m to avoid laying off staff during the coronavirus pandemic has told how her employees gathered around the canvas to give thanks.Kim Logchies-Prins, co-founder with her husband, Lionel, of the Moco museum of modern, contemporary and street art, said she joined 20 of the office staff to pay respects and say goodbye to Banksy...
Tags: Art, Europe, New York, US, Art and design, Museums, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Banksy, Kim Logchies Prins, Lionel of the Moco

Netherlands museum exhibition to tell story of Dutch slave trade

‘Black Lives Matter shows urgency that subject is addressed,’ says Rijksmuseum directorThe Netherlands’ national art institution, the Rijksmuseum, is to open its first major exhibition telling the stories of slaves and the Dutch people who enslaved them, as its director backs a government initiative to return thousands of looted treasures to former colonial lands.Using 140 objects, ranging from two Rembrandt portraits of slave owners borrowed from the Louvre to a display of ankle chains used to ...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Netherlands, Slavery, Colonialism, Rembrandt, Louvre, Rijksmuseum, Black Lives Matter Movement, Suriname

1,000+ Artworks by Vincent Van Gogh Digitized & Put Online by Dutch Museums: Enter Van Gogh Worldwide

It gets dark before dinner now in my part of the world, a recipe for seasonal depression. Vincent van Gogh wrote about such low feelings with deep insight. “One feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark well, utterly helpless,” he wrote of the condition. Yet, when he looked up at the night sky he saw not darkness but blazing light: a full moon shines yellow from White House at Night like the sun, and peeks like a gold coin from behind blue mountains in Landscap...
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Dutch Museums Launch Comprehensive Van Gogh Database

A new database called Van Gogh Worldwide allows users to access provenances, technical information, archival materials, and more related to 1,000 works on paper and paintings by the famed Post-Impressionist. Launched on Thursday, the database is a collaboration between the Kröller-Müller Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the RKD–Netherlands Institute for Art History, along with the Cultural Heritage Laboratory of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Visual, Cultural Heritage Agency, 11.05.20, Kröller Müller Museum the Van Gogh Museum, Netherlands Institute for Art History, Cultural Heritage Laboratory

Dutch Jewish family allege bias over refusal to return €20m painting

Restitutions committee members have links to the Stedelijk Museum, which houses the Kandinsky work A Jewish family, suing for the return of a €20m (£18m) painting by Wassily Kandinsky obtained by Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, has accused an official advisory committee of bias after ruling against them.Lawyers acting for the heirs to Robert Lewenstein, who fled for France in 1940, told an Amsterdam court there was an “appearance of partiality and a co...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Museums, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Nazi, Wassily Kandinsky, Nazism, Kandinsky, Antisemitism, Stedelijk Museum

People Aren’t Flocking To Europe’s Open Museums

That’s probably good; who wants museums to be responsible for the spread of more Covid-19? And yet it’s also challenging for certain museums. Not great right now: “In recent years, however, governments in many countries, including the Netherlands, have been cutting support of museums, as politicians have encouraged the ‘American model’ of funding, with more reliance on earned income.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Netherlands, Visual, 10.19.20

"Climate-neutral" Spiral Tower lets you see the city from new heights

A Dutch consortium of companies has teamed up to propose an ambitious city landmark — the Spiral Tower, an eco-friendly urban attraction, could be the “world’s first climate-neutral high-rise attraction.” KCI, Bosch Rexroth, HILLEBRAND and NorthernLight collaborated on the unique project that not only serves as an observation tower but also generates renewable energy. The Netherlands-based team has communicated with cities around the world to launch the first-ever Spiral Tower. This approach com...
Tags: UK, Design, London, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Netherlands, Dubai, Solar Panels, Observation Tower, Vertical Gardens, Bosch Rexroth, Social Distancing, Climate Neutral, HILLEBRAND, NorthernLight, KCI The Engineers

Take Immersive Virtual Tours of the World’s Great Museums: The Louvre, Hermitage, Van Gogh Museum & Much More

Can you remember when you last visited a museum? Even if you didn't much care for them before the time of the coronavirus, you're probably beginning to miss them right about now. At least the internet technology that has kept our communication open and our entertainment flowing — and, regrettably for some, kept our work meetings regular — has also made it possible to experience art institutions through our screens. Here on Open Culture we've previously featured many such online art s...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Japan, London, College, Mexico, France, Russia, Spain, Museums, Italy, Netherlands, Vatican, Salvador Dalí

Painting wind turbines may reduce bird collisions and deaths

A new study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution shows that painting one blade on a wind turbine black may reduce bird deaths at wind farms by up to 70%. For a long time, organizations, such as the Royal Society For The Protection of Birds (RSPB), have been championing for more care when it comes to setting up wind power plants to avoid the deaths of birds through collisions. This study could reveal a simple solution. Although wind farms provide one of the cleanest sources of energy, t...
Tags: Design, US, Bbc, Birds, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, Wind, Wind Energy, Norway, RSPB, Wind Turbines, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds RSPB, Smøla, Roel May, Norwegian Institute of Nature Research

Treble Dutch: £13m old master painting stolen for a third time

Two Laughing Boys by Frans Hals seized in overnight raid at museumIt’s nothing to smile about for lovers of Dutch art. Police have reported that Two Laughing Boyswith a Mug of Beer, by the old master Frans Hals, has been stolen for a third time.The Golden Age work, painted in 1626-7, was snatched from a small museum in the town of Leerdam, near the city of Utrecht, early on Wednesday morning. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Art Theft, Utrecht, Frans Hals, Leerdam

Place depicted in Van Gogh's final painting found with help of postcard

French hillside scene in Tree Roots may have been painted hours before artist’s deathThe exact location from where Vincent van Gogh is likely to have painted his final masterpiece, perhaps just hours before his death, has been discovered with the help of a postcard.The scene in Tree Roots, a painting of trunks and roots growing on a hillside near the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris was first spotted on a card dating from 1900 to 1910 by Wouter van der Veen, the scientific director o...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Auvers, OISE, Wouter van der Veen, Institut Van Gogh Continue

Tyler Mitchell: ‘Black Beauty Is an Act of Justice’

His debut photography monograph, “I Can Make You Feel Good,” suggests an Edenic timeline for Black American life, but also shows its inherited traumas.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Gallery, Netherlands, Black People, Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell, Tyler (Photographer, Foam (Amsterdam, I Can Make You Feel Good (Exhibit, I Can Make You Feel Good (Book

Images of a Stolen Van Gogh Give Experts Hope It Can Be Recovered

A private art detective investigating the case said he was sent the images of the work, which was taken from a Dutch museum in March.
Tags: Art, News, Brand, Newspapers, Museums, Netherlands, Durham, Van Gogh, Vincent, Arthur, Andreas, Groninger Museum, Robberies and Thefts, Octave, Bluhm, The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring

Dutch art detective says he has 'proof of life' of stolen Van Gogh painting

Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring was snatched from a museum in Laren in MarchDutch detectives are investigating two apparent “proof of life” photographs of a £5m Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from a museum during the coronavirus lockdown.The images appear to show Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring alongside a copy of the New York Times published on the day of the painting’s theft. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, New York Times, Netherlands, Art Theft, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Nuenen, Laren, Parsonage Garden

Van Gogh and Gauguin letter about brothel visit sells for €210,000

‘Exceptional’ correspondence sent from Arles in 1888 is bought by Van Gogh MuseumA letter written by two of the greatest artists of the 19th century, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, about their visits to French brothels has been bought for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam for €210,600 (£189,000).The correspondence, previously held in private hands, has been described as “exceptional”. The two painters entwine descriptions of their experiences living together in Arles, in Provence, with claims...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Provence, Arles, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh Museum, Van Gogh MuseumA

Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now

Get up close to the finest mosaics in Western Europe, 19th-century busts (an earlier form of self-promotion), the archaeology of Turkey, the Met’s conservation projects and stately European homes.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Social Media, Turkey, Museums, Netherlands, Western Europe, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Mark, Hakan, Broch, Instagram Now, Travel and Vacations, Restoration and Renovation, Archaeology and Anthropology

What Are The Thieves Who Stole That Van Gogh Going To Do With It?

Earlier this month, with the Netherlands under COVID lockdown, raiders broke into a small museum and took van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring. Writer Daniel Dumas talks to two experts in the recovery of stolen art about where the painting might be now, how and where they might try to sell it, who likely buyers might be, and how art thieves get caught. – Esquire
Tags: Art, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Visual, Gogh, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden, 04.10.20, Daniel Dumas

Why is Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” Considered a Masterpiece?: An Animated Introduction

Longtime Open Culture readers will have encountered Johannes Vermeer here in various forms: his paintings have appeared as animations, as the subject of a documentary, and even free for the download in high resolution as well as viewable in augmented reality. Though painted in the mid-17th-century Netherlands, the Dutch master's work now appeals to modern viewers everywhere. Most who enter Vermeer's world pass through the gateway of Girl with a Pearl Earring, his 1665 portrait of just th...
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How to find a stolen Van Gogh

As I posted last week, thieves smashed a glass door at the Singer Laren museum near Amsterdam and stole Vincent van Gogh's oil painting “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884." The museum has been closed due to COVID-19. “I am shocked and unbelievably pissed off,” said Singer Laren’s director, Jan Rudolph de Lorn. “Art is there to be seen and shared by all, for society as a whole, to bring enjoyment, to bring inspiration, and also to bring comfort. Especially in this difficult time...
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