Opera, classical music, jazz, theatre, exhibitions and festivals throughout the Netherlands – specially chosen for an international audience


Karel Appel: A Retrospective

Karel Appel: A Retrospective

Karel Appel (1921-2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the twentieth century. This major retrospective marks the tenth anniversary of his death. The 67 paintings, 12 sculptures and more than 60 drawings in the exhibition demonstrate that Karel Appel was more than just a member of the Cobra movement. The show also revisits Appel’s early interest in Outsider Art, his wide-ranging stylistic experiments, and his highly individual – sometimes almost abstract – interpretation of traditional genres like the nude, the portrait and the urban or rural landscape. This exhibition is a pivotal part of a wider international reappraisal of Karel Appel’s work, which will also include exhibitions in Paris, London and Washington. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague until May 16. www.gemeentemuseum.nl      More >


Royal Photos

Royal Photos

A selection of the photos taken by Vincent Mentzel (1945), formerly in-house photographer of national newspaper NRC. Mentzel photographed the royal family for over thirty years at official functions and during state visits, but also during less formal occasions. The photos date from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s when access to the royal family was much looser than it is now. Mentzel took a walk with Prince Claus during a visit to Pakistan. In China he went shopping with Princess Juliana's best friend. Such access is unthinkable these days. Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn until August 21. www.paleishetloo.nl    More >


Hubert de Givenchy: to Audrey with love

Hubert de Givenchy: to Audrey with love

A retrospective of the designs of French couturier Givenchy, chosen by the man himself, this exhibition puts the spotlight on his friendship with muse Audrey Hepburn who wore many of his creations, both on and off screen. The exhibition spans almost half a century, from the opening of the house of Givenchy  in 1952 until 1995 when the designer stepped down. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag  November 26 to March 26  More >


Apassionata

Apassionata

Cinema of Dreams is the title of the latest show featuring fifty horses, among them Arabs, Lusitanos, Shetland ponies and Shires. They are surrounded by people, music, dance, stunts and lighting effects. Apparently it's about two friends who get caught up in the opening of a new cinema, but it's really about the spectacle. Ahoy, Rotterdam, April 8 and 9. www.apassionata.com  More >