A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications


Marlene Dumas show at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam

Marlene Dumas show at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam

A retrospective of work at Amsterdam's Stedelijk museum by South-African born artist Marlene Dumas gives reason to why she is perhaps the world’s most interesting figure painter, according to the Financial Times.  More >


Superdutch goes supersized in psychedelic marketplace

Superdutch goes supersized in psychedelic marketplace

Rotterdam’s new €175m market hall comes complete with apartments looping over it – some peeping out of giant avocado stones. It’s proudly pop, but is it just the Comic Sans of architecture? asks the Guardian newspaper.  More >


Dutch designer creates lamp powered by octopus bacteria

Dutch designer creates lamp powered by octopus bacteria

Stunning bioluminescence in the sea influenced a Dutch designer so much that she created a lamp whose light is powered by octopus bacteria. Teresa van Dongen tells the Independent she was inspired by micro-organisms in seawater that glow every time a wave provides them with oxygen.    More >


The Scot who liberated a Dutch town on a bicycle

The Scot who liberated a Dutch town on a bicycle

A Scottish Second World War veteran tells the Scotsman newspaper about the time he liberated a Dutch town by bike. He was part of the Inns Court regiment, nicknamed the Devils Own, which was sent to the Netherlands during a critical stage in the conflict in 1944.    More >


The Dutch garden where tulip bulbs live forever

The Dutch garden where tulip bulbs live forever

Why is Hortus Bulborum not better known? asks the Telegraaf.  It is, the paper says, quite simply one of the most exciting gardens in the Netherlands – perhaps in all Europe – and, as its name suggests, it is entirely devoted to the conservation of historic bulb varieties.  More >



A Dutch town honors US soldiers’ wartime bravery

A Dutch town honors US soldiers’ wartime bravery

When Henny Meijer was 2 years old, his hometown was liberated by American soldiers. Hearing the commotion on the street, his 8-year-old brother ran to greet them with a neighbour — a woman who was handing the Americans orange flowers — when a soldier threw himself on the boy.  More >


Reuters: Startups go Dutch for new era in manufacturing

(Reuters) - Beneath the low beams of a converted warehouse in Amsterdam lives a company with many of the attributes of a Silicon Valley startup, except that at less than a year old it has zero venture capital and says it is already making enough money to sustain itself. (more…)  More >


Guardian: Cruyff interview

The Dutch legend, who once tried to block the appointment of Louis van Gaal at Ajax, says Manchester United manager must get the players to develop their games for the sake of the team (more…)  More >


NYT: The Dutch Are Back in Town

On Sept. 24, in an avant-garde condo tower that butts up against the High Line, an unusual gallery called Chamber will open in Chelsea. Like a 17th-century cabinet of curiosities, it will be filled with the eclectic treasures of intrepid explorers. (more…)  More >



Arnhem’s bitcoin boulevard

Bitcoin merchants in Arnhem, the Netherlands have recently become popular as many of the local cafes and shops now accept Bitcoin. (more…)  More >



Wallpaper: Letter from the Netherlands

When architectural historian Bart Lootsma coined the term Superdutch in 2000 he was highlighting a common thread among the work of 1990s Dutch architects, who achieved great global success and influence through simple yet expressive forms that didn't sacrifice their native spirit of realism.  (more…)  More >




Variety: Dutch DJ Tiesto Traffics in Hits on ‘Paradise’

A consistent presence near the top of Forbes’ rankings of the most fiscally successful DJs, and a tireless performer at fests and residencies, Dutch veteran Tiesto released “A Town called Paradis” this summer, his first proper album since 2009’s “Kaleidoscope.” (more…)  More >


Daily Mail: Tulips from Amsterdam

They may look like an abstract painting, or even microscope slides, but these coloured straight lines are made of tulips. A nature photographer has captured bright aerials of tulip fields in the outskirts of Amsterdam to reveal their geometric perfection.   (more…)  More >