Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” Ripples of the dragon

Arnold & Son

Arnold & Son is marking 2024, an auspicious and untroubled year in the traditional Chinese calendar, with a majestic dragon and the artistic crafts. Fine watchmaking, miniature sculpture, and gemstone craftsmanship make up the two versions of Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon”. This limited edition comprising eight pieces features an encounter between a dragon and the moon.

The year of the Wooden Dragon starts on 10 February 2024. The dragon in this element is a harbinger of calm determination, the natural ardour of the giant reptile tempered by wood. A year of questioning and control, it is also all about negotiation and generosity. These attributes coalesce to make this an eagerly-awaited year, duly celebrated by Arnold & Son with Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon”

Resonance of the gems

In the inimitable tradition of decorative horology to which Arnold & Son is deeply attached, this year is dedicated to a “Chinese Zodiac” limited edition in the Luna Magna collection. Two versions are available, each with eight pieces produced, featuring a large moon composed of red gold (5N) and pietersite or onyx, face to face with an impressive dragon in the same gold. 

The large dial on which the dragon has landed is in fact a wide disc in the same stone as the three-dimensional moon, namely pietersite or onyx. The first is blue with veining, and the second smooth, glossy and black. The off-centre dial showing the hours and minutes is in white opal, a signature Arnold & Son gemstone. 

Camered dragon

Sculpted from red gold (5N), just like the case that encloses it, the dragon is hand-engraved. It transforms the watch into an objet d’art. The powerful body of the mythical creature coils around the dial to its head, reflected in the large moon.

With scales, claws, whiskers and horns, this oriental-style dragon turns its full attention to the three-dimensional globe that shows the moon's phases on the Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon”. The sphere has a double meaning here. It stands both for the moon, the cycles of which direct the Chinese calendar, and for the pearl of wisdom that, according to legend, is inseparable from the dragon, who ceaselessly attempts to catch it. With a final allusion to the Middle Kingdom, the lining of the straps is crafted from red alligator leather.

Mechanical excellence

Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” is powered by the A&S1021 calibre, entirely developed, produced, assembled and adjusted at the manufacture. This manually-wound calibre, designed around the lunar globe, offers a 90-hour power reserve and a regulating organ oscillating at a frequency of 3 Hz. On the case back, the movement provides a secondary display of the moon’s age, with very legible graduations that allow extremely precise adjustment of the lunar globe.

The sophistication of this celestial mechanism is also evident in its strict astronomical accuracy. The total duration of a lunar cycle is 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds. Arnold & Son has approached this so closely that it would take 122 years to build up a 24-hour discrepancy between the display and astronomical reality. The disparity would be easy to correct since the moon function on the Luna Magna Red Gold “Year of the Dragon” is accessible directly via the crown. This practicality is only possible through Arnold & Son’s absolute mastery of the watchmaking process.

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Star choreographer on the roofs and streets of Aarhus

In the middle of June, you can experience world-class dance for free, through the work of English star-choreographer Wayne McGregor, across rooftops, squares and gardens in the city centre. The internationally renowned choreographer will be visiting the city as part of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and the music, dance and light performance Tree of Codes. After the conclusion of this project Wayne McGregor will continue his engagement with the European Capital of Culture and together with his dance company and six local choreographers will create the performance Lightlens, involving more than 200 citizens of all ages, cultures, gender and professions. LightLens will celebrate and unite Aarhus through dance.

Photo Wayne McGregor – by Nick Mead
Photo: Wayne McGregor – by Nick Mead

LightLens will be shown three times a day on the 16th and 17th of June at 17.30, 18.30 and 20.00. The best view of proceedings will be from Olafur Eliasson’s spectacular artwork, Your Rainbow Panorama, at the top of ARoS Art Museum. The installation can also be seen from street level, when the 200 dancers take to the squares, pavements and parks of the city.

Studio Wayne McGregor has 20 years’ experience with creating innovative participatory dance performances of the highest quality. Lightlens promises to provide an unforgettable experience for both the audience and its 200 performers. After the performances in Aarhus the national choreographic platform Dansehallerne will take over and carry the joy of dancing out across the Central Jutland Region. Here they will create new dance performances with the inhabitants of three different cities.

We are proud to combine the possibility to experience world-class dance professionals with an invitation to residents to come and dance with them. We are looking forward to involving the whole city,” says Rebecca Matthews, administrative director at European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017

Jaime Ocampo-Rangel

Jaime Ocampo-Rangel
Jaime Ocampo-Rangel

Pictures featuring Jaime Ocampo-Rangel. Jaime Ocampo-Rangel was born in Colombia, and subsequently got his training in Miami, Spain, New York and works in Paris. He is an accomplished fashion and advertising photographer. These two images gives an impression of how Jaime now devotes his time and energy.

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Milkshake festival to Brazil

Milkshake festival to Brazil!

Milkshake Brazil 2017Amsterdam’s Milkshake festival is expanding its (international) wings this year. On Friday, June 16th 2017 Milkshake Festival will take place in the Brazilian city Sao Paulo, one of the most populated cities in the world.

Milkshake is the festival where “nothing should, anything goes”. Everyone is welcome whether you’re fat, thin, small, large, gay, straight, transgender, transvestites, pitch black or white as snow. Milkshake is bringing this motto to the Brazilian LGBTQ community in Sao Paolo. The festival falls in the same week as the annual Sao Paulo Gay Pride, where there will be more than 450,000 international visitors. Milkshake visitors can now travel the world to attend this festival.

The festival will be a mix of national and international artists and stages, including a Milkshake stage. The festival, which has been categorized by the NBC as one of the best open-minded festivals in the world, welcomes 15,000 visitors for this first international edition.

“For us this is an amazing opportunity to show the world where Milkshake stands for and to create an international community where everyone can be themselves,” says founder Marieke Samallo.


The Critical Edge by Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle
The Critical Edge I, 2015
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No. 61898
Format of original photography: digital
Photographer: Kerry Ryan McFate

The Critical Edge

London—Pace London is delighted to present The Critical Edge, an exhibition of recent works in fabric by Richard Tuttle, on view from 13 April to 13 May 2017 at 6 Burlington Gardens. First presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2016, The Critical Edge follows two other major exhibitions of Tuttle’s work. In 2014, The Whitechapel Gallery surveyed the artist’s career from the 1960s to today and Tate Modern commissioned Tuttle’s largest textile sculpture to date for its iconic Turbine Hall.

A collector of textiles from around the world, Tuttle has focused and expanded his knowledge beyond his collection to understanding the intrinsic qualities of the material. The Critical Edge features a series of seven recent works assembled from layers of vibrant fabric purchased in New York and Maine. Sewn by hand and with a sewing machine, the combined cloths incorporate wood and nails. The delicate works continue Tuttle’s exploration of materiality, space, and three-dimensionality. “I’ve been very interested in how space, defined as two-dimensional (a plane, like a painting), can move into form, three dimensions,” Richard Tuttle states in the catalogue for 26, an exhibition presented at Pace New York in 2016 that spanned fifty years of the artist’s career.

Together with geometric abstraction, the embroidery of each fabric piece blurs the line between background and structure while the subtle falling of the cloth seems to breathe life into the works, hereby stimulating the senses and evoking ideas of sensuality. Without specific reference points, Tuttle’s seductive investigations of line, volume, colour and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity. As reflected in the title of the exhibition, the works’ ambition is to transcend boundaries and invite viewers to contemplation.

The exhibition at Pace coincides with Richard Tuttle: My Birthday Puzzle, presented at Modern Art from 29 March to 13 May 2017.


Maki and Mpho African Inspired Prints and Patterns

Maki & Mpho – Globally made, African-inspired prints and patterns for interior and fashion.

Maki & Mpho
Maki & Mpho

Design company Maki & Mpho. We hope to nurture empathy across cultures and celebrate individuality around the world. The company is co-founded by Japan-born global entrepreneur, Maki, and US-born hybrid African textile designer, Mpho (pronounced as “mmPOH”). We bring surprises, new perspectives, and joy to the global audience using distinctive prints and patterns that are originally hand-drawn by Mpho.

Maki & Mpho recently launched and showcased a collection of textiles that are produced in collaboration with a Japanese textile manufacturer with 200-year old tradition craftsmanship at Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. The company continues to promote African design globally by developing a range of lifestyle products and collaborating with other businesses to develop unique interior spaces.

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The Armory Show 2017

The Armory Show 2017

DrifterNew York— Pace Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the 2017 edition of The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94 with a solo presentation by Studio Drift. At booth 530, Pace will feature a new site-specific installation called Drifter (2017) as part of the Future\Pace program. Measuring 4 x 2 x 2 meters, Drifter represents the primary element by which our modern world is constructed—a monolith. According to the artists, “Drifter creates a sense of disbelief and displacement, creating tension between humanity versus nature, and chaos versus order. Disconnected from our expectations, it floats between the possible and impossible.”

In addition, Studio Drift has partnered with Artsy and Microsoft HoloLens to create an immersive mixed reality experience at The Armory Show. Studio Drift artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta will also participate in an Artist Talk at The Armory Show Theater on Saturday, March 4, 4 p.m. The talk will be a conversation between the Studio Drift artists and Mark Davy, Founder of Futurecity, and moderated by Felix Burrichter, Editor and Creative Director of PIN-UP magazine.

The artist collective Studio Drift was established in 2006 by Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, who attended the Design Academy Eindhoven together. Their work explores the relationship between nature, technology and mankind through a process involving collaborations with scientists, university departments, research facilities, programmers and engineers. Studio Drift draws their inspiration from nature as a starting point, both in a formal and a philosophical way, while the creative process is fueled by innovative techniques that can be seen in site-specific indoor and outdoor installations and interactive sculptures.

Studio Drift’s installations react directly to human behavior but question it at the same time. While their visual language is characterized by dreamy and poetic aesthetics, the concept behind the work is often based on an unexpectedly critical engagement.
Their work has been exhibited at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; 2015 edition of the Venice Biennale; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Their work is also included in the permanent collections of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Victoria & Albert Museum

March 02, 2017 – March 05, 2017

Piers 92 & 94
New York 10019

Diazpora THE FUNK


Diazpora: The funk. It is with them since they started in 2002 and it did not deserted them since.

The nine-piece band from Hamburg/Germany knows that you cannot fake the funk. You need to keep the groove on the move. On their fifth album „Islands” they do this more profound than ever. As with all things funky, it is about a continuous travel on an instinctive path that never leads to the final destination. Just like in real life: You got to keep moving!

Let us have a look at the Diazpora collective. The brass section features a line-up including some of the coolest faces on the North German scene. Trumpet player Hans-Christian Stephan has been a member of the Diazpora force since day one, he already worked with Gregory Porter, Hamburg’s rising young soul voice Miu and plays with hip Hamburg techno marching band Meute. Jonathan Krause (baritone saxophone, flute) plays with the wonderful PiazuTrio and is an integral part of the local orchestra world. Finally, Alexander „Kimo“ Eiserbeck (alto saxophone) wraps up this unstoppable set-up with his unmatched stage presence and the experience of playing with local heroes like Smith & Johnson and Uebertribe as well as being a requested studio musician.

Diazporas’s rhythm section: Lucas Kochbeck (drums) und David Nesselhauf (bass) are a masterful team. They supply the foundation of the Diazpora operation. Fellow artists like The Kiez or Carmen Brown know what we are talking about here. Lucas Kochbeck also produced the acclaimed Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Album „55“ (Truth & Soul) and sometimes joins the Mighty Mocambos on stage. David Nesselhauf is a well-travelled bass player with a long history of solo releases and recently put out his new album „Afrokraut“. Percussionist Thomas Neitzel ranks among the founder members of Diazpora and played on all releases. Guitarist Legbo’s style is unmistakable, like Christoph Hinrichsen (keyboards) he is a dedicated live performer and also plays in Uebertribe. Most important, on „Islands“, Diazpora introduce a new member to their team. After working with various vocalists over the years, the band found a soul mate in singer Axel Feige, guitarist and singer in his own band Absolem Max as well.

On „Islands“ Diazpora decide to throw a big party. Engineer Sebastian Nagel (The Mighty Mocambos) went for a straightforward analogue and purist sound. The album kicks off with the furious „Street Market“, very Blaxploitation, very Shaft, but still highly original – followed by „Beast“, another unstoppable signature tune. This band is a well-trained 18 legged groove machine, and with Axel Feige adding his truly unique vocals this is a very international sound. „Islands“, the title track, serves as proof and displays Diazpora’s ability to deliver a haunting ballad.

„Kinshasa Strut“ adds some powerful Afro funk to the whole set, while „Give A Little Prayer“ explores cinematic funk territory, not far away from what The Olympians do. With „Moon“ and “2 Much Effort” Diazpora continue in this vibe and get down to the nitty gritty in a deep down 70s style. “Piece By Piece” then takes no prisoners. Rock, Funk and Afro appear in a perfect balance with Axel Feige’s engaging vocals. “Yaroslava” and “Me & I” are even more haunting, Diazpora deliver a stylistic scope unmatched by any other of their genre competitors  “Nap Xtra Long” and “27-28-29” prove the fact. “Numbers” finishes “Islands” with a powerful brass hook full of emotion and intensity. “Our quest for the true funk is never ending. One minute we think we are nearly there, then again we notice we still have such a long way to go,” Diazpora say. “But that’s the fun in it. The funk does not stand still. It is on a constant journey. To keep up with the funk, you can’t afford to be lazy. Otherwise you lose it.”



Milkshake Festival

Saturday 29 and Sunday July 30th at the Amsterdam Westerpark brings as a stage Wham’bam Thank You Ma’am, an ode to Wham, in honour of the recently deceased George Michael. Milkshake is busy with the development of the stage. The visitor should get a euphoric feeling as if it is your “last Christmas”. But also, stressing the point that the Christmas love for each other should not only be reserved for the Christmas period.

The festival will last two days again. Last year was the first weekender in the context of their fifth anniversary. Both national and international stage hosts have confirmed their attendance to the festival. Erwin Olaf will own a place in the Westerpark and tells, like in previous editions, a story through performances, light and music. Transformer by Joost van Bellen and Zubrowka International are present for the second time. Transformer is about the transformation in many different forms, from falling in love to the transgender community and this is celebrated.Milkshake2017

International contributions come from Paris, London, Cologne and Berlin. Less Drama More Techno from Paris emerged from the less-is-more way of thinking: less blah-blah, less ‘attitude’, less drama, but more Techno! The WUT? CLUB from London is characterized by controversial colourful club kids who rebel against the narrow-mindedness and refer strongly to the club kids of the infamous club Limelight in New York. From Germany comes Sexy Party Cologne. These renowned parties usually take place at the Bootshaus in Cologne and are a focus during one of the largest Gay Prides of Europe in this city. Ostgut Ton is an internationally renowned record label owned by club Berghain in Berlin. Worldwide vexed club with fetish influences is to this day seen as the source for new techno tracks by artists including Ben Klock and Len Faki.

At Milkshake, the festival where “nothing is mandatory, but anything goes’, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are brotherly represented. “De Trut” (The Bitch), an Amsterdam non-commercial disco for dykes and queers since 1985, provides a good atmosphere and good music. Also you can expect Damage by Mister B. Mister B and their shops are a representative of the fetish scene since 1994 with their leather and fetish shops. Rotterdam is present again by NOW & WOW and Liberated while Gaybar makes his first appearance by Spacemaker and photographer Ari Versluis who does the visuals.

Milkshake festival is a dance festival that’s been created from the thought ‘nothing should be mandatory, anything is possible’. Milkshake festival shows that entertainment, taste in music, choice of clothing and status has nothing to do with sexuality. Life is just a party thanks to the great diversity of skin colours, religions, sexual preferences and male and female forms. Milkshake wants to celebrate the city’s initiatives and is an impetus to bring courtesy and friendly manners back into society. Thick, thin, small, large, gay, straight, trans, black or white: people are the salt of the earth and this is what we celebrate!

Countdown to Baselworld 2017

Baselworld 2016
Baselworld 2016

In one month from today, the new creations and innovations of the global watch and jewellery industry will be exclusively presented to the world at Baselworld 2017. Renowned as the one unmissable annual show for this multifaceted industry, Baselworld is gearing-up to welcome all the key players, from the world’s best-known brands, over renowned and prestigious buyers through to the international press. This unique show is the only one that unites the entire industry under one roof as all the world-class players are represented in Baselworld. It has earned its reputation as the global trendsetting show, as the place to be to witness history in the making. Baselworld goes live on March 23, and will run until March 30, 2017!

The Who’s Who In Watches And Jewelry
What exemplifies Baselworld is its unique ability to regroup the biggest and most prestigious watch and jewellery brands in the world, emerging design talent, the finest retailers and the global press. Over and above that, Baselworld has firmly established its role as the most important platform that showcases those innovations, creations and brand new collections that set the trends and determine what will be worn and most talked about in the coming year.

Given that one of Baselworld’s strengths lies in uniting the global industry under one roof, so also does the show pride itself on its market focus and the ability to adapt to the needs thereof. These strength and qualities is what draws not just the crème de la crème but everybody involved in watches and jewellery to Basel. The most well-known and prestigious brands, the best designers, world-renowned dealers, suppliers of diamonds, gemstones, pearls and machinery, and the most successful independent watchmakers.  Building on the show’s success and to meet the increased demand for and by independent watchmaking brands, Baselworld has developed a new space concept for the most successful independent watchmakers. Visitors will find the new area, called
‘Les Ateliers’, in Hall 1.2 with more independent watchmaking brands than ever.

Economic Value That Goes Well Beyond The Immediate Industry
A tribute to the high value of this show for Switzerland and the wider world, Baselworld is inaugurated every year by a member of the Swiss Federal Council. This year, Federal Councillor Alain Berset, Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs and Vice President of the Federal Council, will grace the show with his presence and officially open Baselworld on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
The official Opening Ceremony with the ribbon cutting will take place in Hall 1, at 10:30 am.

News Spreads In The Blink Of An Eye Starting Global Trends
Year by year, Baselworld is the unmissable show for the most important and influential media. All the key players from print, digital to audiovisual media converge on Baselworld to take the pulse of the industry, to witness the birth of new trends and to meet the multitude of brands united in one place. All the brilliance that is seen and experienced at Baselworld is disseminated instantly to audiences around the world, sharing with them the new collections and making them aware of what products will be setting trends and available in show windows during the coming 12 months.

To exemplify the interest, one needs look no further than at the Baselworld Press Conference which is invariably packed on-site, but equally importantly at the livestream which is devoured by 11,000+ key media representatives all around the world. This year will be no different when the eagerly anticipated Baselworld Press Conference goes live. On March 22, 2017 at 11 am, the world’s eyes and ears will be tuned-in to Baselworld 2017. The livestream will be available for all on the Baselworld Website.

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Jordan Wolfson Part 2

Amsterdam, February 17, 2017 – The first solo exhibition by American artist Jordan Wolfson in the Netherlands unfolds in two parts. Previously, MANIC/LOVE was on display; now, it is followed by TRUTH/LOVE, which offers an in-depth overview of the artist’s work through twelve 16 mm films, animated videos produced during the early years of his career, the recent video Animation Masks, and a selection of objects. Also featured is his first animatronic, Female figure (2014), a fascinating yet terrifying robotic sculpture equipped with facial recognition technology that enables it to interact with viewers.

Jordan Wolfson, Female figure, 2014
Jordan Wolfson, Female figure, 2014

6 mm films and animated videos
In his recent animated videos, Wolfson draws upon a vast array of visual material. His multi-layered videos are a fluid collage of computer images, traditionally drawn scenes, photos, texts, and other references from popular culture. With their polished 3D animation, the figures in Wolfson’s recent animations seem to foreshadow his animatronic sculptures. Animation Masks (2011), on view in the “film room,” centers around an ethnic caricature, a heavily exaggerated cliché of a Jewish stereotype based on images generated by Google searches for “evil Jew” and “Shylock.”
The large gallery space is devoted to an installation comprising a group of twelve of Wolfson’s early films and videos, in combination with spatial objects. Among the film and video works are the computer animation Infinite Melancholy (2003), the 16 mm film I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor… (2005), and the short film Perfect lover (2007). Many of these early works are about moments of breakdown, rupture, collision, and chance.

Female figure
To create his animatronic sculptures, Wolfson uses highly advanced techniques and computer technologies, developed for film production and pop concerts, within a narrative and sculptural context. The work Female figure is a hybrid man-machine, designed as a hypersexualized blonde pop star. Wearing a transparent white outfit, she poses before a mirror and, armed with motion sensors and facial recognition technology, locks eyes with visitors, tracking their movements. While facing the mirror, she performs a sophisticated choreography – seductive yet repugnant – in a chilling ballet of watching and being watched. Her (male) voice cries, “My mother is dead, my father is dead, I’m gay, I’d like to be a poet, this is my house,” collage-like phrasing similar to that in Wolfson’s animated videos.

Experience Female figure by reserving a time slot
To provide visitors with the best possible interactive experience of Female figure, the artwork is installed in a separate space, viewable by three people at a time in the presence of a museum staff member. Each visit lasts fifteen minutes. Visitors can register daily for a time slot issued for the same day. Morning time slots (until 1:00 p.m.) can be reserved starting at 10:00 a.m. From Monday to Thursday, afternoon time slots are available until 5:00 p.m., and can be reserved from 1:00 p.m. onwards. On Fridays, slots are also available in the evening, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Visitors can register for these slots starting at 5:00 p.m. Time slots can only be reserved at the Stedelijk; it is not possible to select a time slot by phone, email, or via the museum’s website. The exhibition is open every day during the Stedelijk’s opening hours (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, and 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays).

Public Program
Jordan Wolfson: Sculpture and the Surrogate Self
On Saturday, February 18, in close collaboration with the artist, the Stedelijk is organizing an afternoon discussion centering on sculpture, performance, portrait, identity, and self-reflection with specialists in political aesthetics, cognitive neuroscience, robotics, art, and art history. The session will also look back at the first part of this exhibition, which included the animatronic work Colored Sculpture (2016). Tickets are available via the museum’s website. The public program will be held at the Teijin Auditorium, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., and will be in English.

A richly illustrated publication (ca. 200 pages), designed by Joseph Logan and including an interview with the exhibition’s curators, Beatrix Ruf and Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, and Jordan Wolfson, as well as a contribution by Jack Bankowsky and other content, will be released in spring 2018.
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For Aarhus, a new public artwork by American artist Jenny Holzer debuts February 25 in city’s Bispetorv

Ten nights of light projections on the Aarhus Theater facade will explore the current global crisis, featuring poetry and prose from contemporary poets, writers, and ordinary citizens – many of them displaced or living far from the country of their birth.

For Aarhus, a highlight of European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017’s events, is the artist’s first project created especially for Denmark.

Jenny Holzer
In the Garden, 2015
Text: “Motion” by Octavio Paz, translated by Eliot Weinberger, from The Collected Poems 1957–1987, © 1986 by Octavio Paz and Eliot Weinberger. Used with permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.
© 2015 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Ben Hider

The Aarhus 2017 Foundation is pleased to announce Jenny’s Holzer’s For Aarhus. Presenting a selection of poetry, short prose works, and even personal letters, the artwork explores the consequences on civilian life whenever it is shattered by armed conflict. Holzer’s work examines what it is to be forced to abandon home, find asylum in foreign refugee camps, begin anew in another country, or live permanently in exile. Established writers, contemporary younger voices, and ordinary citizens from Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, each offers their personal perspective and a part of the larger story.

“Aarhus 2017 is putting art Coast to Coast in a series of works and projects that bring some of the world´s leading artists to the Central Denmark Region. These site-situational, context specific and special exhibitions are made as new commissions for townships, art spaces and across municipal borders,” says Rebecca Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of European Cultural Capital Aarhus 2017.

As Juliana Engberg, program director for Aarhus 2017, explains, “Holzer’s project helps us understand the plight of communities in flux, in transition, and in hopeful search of new lives and possible futures. As we rethink what it means to be a community and who is part of community here in Denmark, in Europe, and across the globe, Holzer’s project communicates tremendous humanity.”

Beginning in 1996, with Xenon for Florence – when Holzer first presented a programme of illuminated scrolling text that was projected onto the south embankment of the Arno River and the facade of the Palazzo Tempi – she has created almost three-dozen projections in locations around the world.  Then as now, these temporary performance works – typically lasting only a few hours, and staged on several successive nights shortly after dusk – have appealed equally to those long familiar with the artist’s work and the passerby.

Among the sources that Holzer will include in For Aarhus are several recent prose poems by Ghayath Almadhoun, a Palestinian poet born in Damascus who lives in Sweden. Some of these texts include: “Greetings to the People of Europe!” by Alemu Tebeje Ayele, an Ethiopian poet, journalist, and community activist based in London; a short story set in the immigrant community of Los Angeles by Syrian writer Dima Alzayat; works by a group of young Assyrian Iraqi poets, living in tents in flooded refugee camps in the fall of 2014, whose plight became the subject of a reading vigil held at Cambridge University; and a series of postcards written by displaced residents of Aleppo, Syria, that began when Issa Touma, a local gallery owner and photographer, invited a cross section of people to write about themselves and their experiences— resulting in both a book and a contemporary opera performed in Amsterdam this past autumn.

Saturday 25. February:                                                                 20.00 – 22.00
Sunday 26. February:                                                                    17.30 – 19.30
Monday 27. February – Friday: 3. March:                                 17.30 – 19.00 and 19.30 – 21.30
Saturday 4. March – 5. March:                                                   17.30 – 19.30
Monday 6. March:                                                                         17.30 – 21.30

For more than thirty-five years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her medium, whether formulated as a T-shirt, a plaque, or an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with the New York City posters, and continuing through her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and courage. Holzer was awarded the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2010, and the 2017 International Medal of Arts from the U.S. Department of State. She holds honorary degrees from Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, and Smith College. She lives and works in New York.



Oasis Festival 2017

Oasis Festival adds an extra day in 2017, announcing an official Opening Party set to take place on Thursday 14th September. Festivalgoers eager to start the celebrations early will be treated to a headline performance from Solomun, sets from Amine K and Karmon and a back-to-back session from Kenny Glasgow and My Favorite Robot. Tickets for the Opening Party are on sale now!

OasisWith two successful Ibiza residencies to his name, (Solomun+1 at Pacha and Solomun+LIVE at Ushuaïa), two highly-respected labels and a reputation as one of house music’s most dexterous selectors, Solomun is currently riding high as one of the most in-demand DJs on the scene. The Diynamic label head’s infectious passion for music is always delivered direct to the dancefloor, and with guaranteed track after track of quality music, anticipation is high for Solomun’s Oasis Festival debut!

Amine K has been an integral part of Oasis since the festival’s first edition in 2015. Co-founder of Morocco’s influential Moroko Loko parties, the enigmatic performer is a true ambassador for the country’s underground scene. Mixing up Moroccan influenced music with sounds from all over the world, Amine has built a loyal following not only amongst the Oasis crowd, but on the international scene too, and his set at Oasis 2017 is sure to be another standout performance.

Also lined up for the Oasis Opening Party are Dutch DJ and Diynamic mainstay Karmon, who brings a set brimming with melodic house and tech, and a back-to-back session from North American electronic music pioneer and former Art Department member Kenny Glasgow and fellow Canadian act My Favorite Robot.

Tickets for the Oasis Festival Opening Party are on sale now, priced from just €45. To book your place visit

Taking place from 15th-17th September at luxury music resort The Source in Marrakech, Oasis Festival 2017 features a world-class electronic music line-up, including Ellum label founder and Ibiza favourite Maceo Plex, Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann, Detroit DJ and producer Moodymann, and live sets from hardware maestros KiNK and Karenn. Other acts making their way to the Red City include Mike Servito, Chloé, Auntie Flo, Jeremy Underground, Young Marco, Charlotte de Witte, Thris Tian and Polyswitch, with lots more still to be announced!

With sun-kissed days and starlit nights soundtracked by an impressive league of house and techno talent in the luxurious surroundings of The Source, Oasis is made complete with stage-side swimming pools, daily yoga sessions, lush gardens, adventures in Marrakech, and stunning views of the nearby Atlas Mountains. Oasis brings the finest slice of festival paradise to the ancient world of Marrakech, creating a truly unique cultural experience.

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15-17 September
The Source, Marrakech, Morocco

OPENING PARTY (14th September)
Solomun, Amine K, Karmon and Kenny Glasgow B2B My Favorite Robot

LINEUP (15th – 17th September)
Auntie Flo | Charlotte de Witte | Chloé | Jeremy Underground | Karenn (live) | KiNK (live) | Maceo Plex | Marcel Dettmann | Mike Servito | Moodymann | Polyswitch | Thris Tian | Young Marco

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Nalini Malani: Transgressions

Nalini Malani 3. In Search of Vanished Blood

Nalini Malani: Transgressions

Amsterdam, 6 February 2017 – This spring, the Stedelijk Museum presents work by the Indian artist Nalini Malani (1946, Karachi). For fifty years, Malani’s politically-charged oeuvre, which blends political, social and ecological issues with narratives referencing classical literature and myth, has captivated a broad spectrum of audiences. As a refugee after the Partition of India, Malani and her family experienced trauma and oppression at first hand. Malani’s work challenges discrimination, and advocates a progressive role for women in society.

The presentation is part of the Stedelijk’s new, long-term research programme of exhibitions on the ground floor that take a fresh look at the collection, and place it within the context of current social issues. As part of this exhibition programme, the Stedelijk will mount six exhibits on the theme of migration in 2017, the first of which highlights the work of Nalini Malani.

Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum: “Nalini Malani is one of India’s most highly respected artists; you could compare her with Marlene Dumas. She creates dazzling multimedia installations that include video, painting, poetry and moving shadow play. The Stedelijk first acquired her work for the collection in 2002. Her oeuvre focuses on incredibly relevant issues, and it’s time to bring her back into the spotlight. Worldwide, there is renewed interest in her work. She held an exhibition in Boston in 2016, and the survey at the Stedelijk is a prelude to a major retrospective opening later this year at Centre Pompidou, after which it will travel to Turin.”

Transgressions: the heart of the exhibition
The installation Transgressions (2001) from the Stedelijk collection, is the heart of the exhibition, and the first of what Malani terms ‘video/shadow play’. The combination of four slowly rotating Mylar plastic cylinders – painted using the reverse painting technique – through which video images are projected, creates an endlessly varying shadow play upon the gallery walls.

Transgressions is rich in narratives that invite interpretation. The video projections begin as the shadows of the paintings drift across the skin of a Caucasian man, like tattoos brought to life, before merging with colour-processed segments of Bollywood films. A cascade of words rains down on the cinematic images, a selection of texts from the apparently inexhaustible wealth of Indian languages which, under the impact of globalisation, are on the brink of extinction because they are no longer being taught.

The paintings on the cylinders recall the traditional Indian Kalighat style, and depict a British big game hunter astride an elephant, the goddess Durga, two boxers, and the map of the sub-continent with Pakistan and India forever locked in combat.

In an audio track alluding to the impact of globalisation, a female voice recites ‘I speak orange, I speak blue’, in a reference to the mobile phone providers dominating India. At the time the work was created, ‘Orange’ was the leading mobile telephony company, advertising talk time for a rate equivalent to that of a snack you buy cheaply on India’s streets. The soundtrack also features a little girl imploring her mother to send her to ‘English school’, with which Malani underlines the prevailing attitude in India that only those fluent in the English language will secure a place in the society of the future.

Extra works and mural 
Nalini Malani and Margriet Schavemaker of the Stedelijk, curator of the exhibition, have selected around 25 additional works that contextualise the themes and numerous references to literary and classical sources in Transgressions. These pieces also trace the development of Malani’s remarkable multi-media practice, from the experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s, the video documentaries of her unconventional theatre pieces of the 1990s, to the artist’s books produced between 1991 and 2016.

In the week prior to the opening, Nalini Malani will create a wall drawing at the entrance of the exhibition. The mural is a highly topical medium at present, particularly among a new generation of both Indian and Western artists, and has been central to Malani’s oeuvre since 1991. The wall drawings were the first step in the development of her later shadow installations. On Sunday, 18 June, the exhibition concludes with an event that is customary in Malani’s practice: the wall drawing will be completely erased in an Erasure Performance (the surprise performers will be announced in due course).

Publication and symposium 17 March 2017
An important departure point for this exhibition is the comprehensive publication In Media Res. Inside Nalini Malani’s Shadow Plays (Hatje Cantz, 2016) by Mieke Bal, Emeritus Professor of Literary Studies. One of the chapters of this publication is devoted to Transgressions.
On the afternoon of Friday 17 March, before the exhibition opens, the University of Amsterdam officially bids farewell to Mieke Bal with a symposium in the Stedelijk auditorium. Click here for details about the speakers and programme.

OBJECT Rotterdam: designavontuur op historisch cruiseschip

Het weekend van 10 tot en met 12 februari staat het aan boord van het ss Rotterdam bol van design en kunst. Met 80 presentaties van 150 ontwerpers is dit de grootste editie tot nu toe. Eenmalig worden ook de indrukwekkende machinekamers opengesteld.

OBJECT Rotterdam - Michael Barnaart van Bergen IIDirecteur Anne van der Zwaag: “De beurs onderscheidt zich door de uitgekiende selectie van gevestigde labels en aanstormende ontwerpers en is dé plek om jong talent te ontdekken. In combinatie met de spectaculaire locatie bieden we bezoekers een bijzondere ervaring. Een dag is bijna te kort om alle ontwerpers te ontmoeten en het hele schip te zien.”

In de buik van het schip ligt het historische zwembad, ontworpen door de architect Huig Aart Maaskant. Met voor die tijd revolutionaire tegels van de Porceleyne Fles, die bij warmte en kou verkleuren. In de oude kleedhokjes, de massagekamer en zelfs de sauna richt design agency Tuttobene een veelzijdige presentatie in met werk van maar liefst 16 Nederlandse ontwerpers, het label Loof en de bekende interieurwinkel Plaisier Interieur. In de gang richting de machinekamers hangen de dromerige lampen van Bernotat&Co. Eenmaal in de imposante machinekamers van het schip ontvouwt zich een presentatie van 100 jaar stoelontwerp samengesteld en ingericht door Workshop of Wonders.

Meubels en mode
Via het museum, vol oude artefacten uit de hoogtijdagen van de Holland-Amerikalijn, komen bezoekers bij de hotelkamers aan: gerenoveerde scheepshutten die speciaal voor OBJECT ingericht zijn. Een stijlvolle shop-in-shop van de Haagse modeontwerper Michael Barnaart van Bergen naast een warme kleurrijke kamer ingericht door orange or red. Van daaruit vervolgt de route naar de grote Queens Lounge waar Nederlandse meubelmerken zoals Quodes en Functionals naast zelfstandige makers onder wie Dimitri Kruithof, Jeroen Wand en het jonge architectenlabel Fabrikoos staan. Ook het bekende keramische atelier Cor Unum is hier vertegenwoordigd.

Aanstormend talent
De hooggelegen Glass Enclosed Promenade geeft een weids uitzicht over Rotterdam en telt nog eens 40 presentaties. Hier zijn veel jonge ontwerpstudio’s en aanstormende talenten te vinden. Hannah van Luttervelt toont verwarrende knuffelobjecten in de vorm van wapens. Fraai zijn Martijntje Cornelia’s vazen van suikerspin. De bekende lederen Chesterfield bank is door Valentijn Rieb in hout uitgevoerd. Daarnaast zijn er unieke sieraden te zien van Marion Blume, Judith Schwendener en ZWARD.


Een primeur deze editie is de wereldbekende New York Metrobank. Het oorspronkelijke model werd door GjaltProducties opnieuw uitgevoerd en in een speciale editie naar OBJECT gebracht. Op zondag wordt er in samenwerking met Zuydwal Veilingen een veiling georganiseerd waar ook de bank onder de hamer komt, naast tientallen andere vintage en eigentijdse stukken. Er kan worden geboden op meubels, textiel, keramiek, glas, juwelen en grafisch ontwerp van designiconen als Charles en Ray Eames, Martin Visser, Gerrit Rietveld en van hedendaagse ontwerpers die deelnemen aan OBJECT Rotterdam zoals Jenny Ritzenhoff, MCDW, Rachel Sellem, Studio Lorier en Ward Wijnant.


Nicolette Brunklaus, Bart Joachim van Uden, Functionals, Envisions, Floris Hovers, Plaisier Interieur, Tuttobene, Jeroen Wand, Studio Jule Cats, MCDW, Isaac Monté, Valentijn Rieb, Visser & Meijwaard, Workshop of Wonders, Angela Willemsen, Cor Unum, Michael Barnaart van Bergen, Pao Hui Kao, Studio Don Zweedijk, Sally Schoen, Dimitri Kruithof, Judith Schwendener, Daniel van Dijck, Studio Niels Hendriks, Fabrikoos, Hannah van Luttervelt, GjaltProducties, Ward Wijnant, Loof, Mayra Sérgio, Roos Soetekouw, Jenny Ritzenhoff, Atelier Juliette Warmenhoven, Joeny, The Soft World, Studio Floris Wubben, Linda Nieuwstad, Marion Blume, LUCAS & LUCAS, Malou de Ruiter, Luuk de Wit, Bernotat&Co, Studio Onno Adriaanse, Marc de Groot, Studio Martijntje Cornelia, PaulSalet & Workingbert, Post Modern, Anna Brandsma & Rachel Sellem, Roy Wormsbecher, Studio Lorier, Scheublin & Lindeman, Sejoon Kim, Sara ten Westenend, UrbanFabric, Studio Selma Hamstra, Thomas Nathan, ZWARD, Studio Tim Vanlier, Iza Stepska, Lizan Freijsen, Benedikt Fischer & Boris de Beijer, DesignLAB Rietveld Academie, Anne Rose Regenboog, JavyDesign, Stephan Siepermann, Quodes, Sae Honda, Jasper Willem de Boer, Textielfabrique, Studio Jorine Oosterhoff, Chris Ruhe, Albert Lieuwe Bouwman, Bas Vellekoop, Carina Hesper, De Design Shop, Margreeth Olsthoorn, Simoon van der Drift, orange or red, Tiwánee van der Horst, Woojai Lee, Focused, Ontwerpduo, Martijn Renier, Femke van Gemert en meer.

ss Rotterdam | 3de Katendrechtsehoofd 25 | Rotterdam
Vrijdag 10 t/m zondag 12 februari 11.00 – 19.00 uur
Entree 10 euro, kinderen tot 12 jaar gratis