It’s almost spring, which in Holland, means flowers. Lots and lots of flowers. As I was biking home from school yesterday, I spotted these one euro roses and couldn’t resist buying a bouquet. Coming up in Amsterdam this week…
- On view today, Wednesday 7 March until Tuesday 27 March, Steve McQueen‘s (yes, the internationally acclaimed British artist and filmmaker, known for his recent film Shame) installation in the Vondelpark, Blues Before Sunrise, organized by the Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @. For two weeks, all 275 streetlamps in the park will emit blue light instead of white, vividly transforming the nighttime experience of Amsterdam’s most well known urban “green space.”
- Also today, the 5 Days Off Festival is starting! This electronic music and art festival will take place at Paradiso (Weteringschans 6-8) and Melkweg (Lijnbaansgracht 234) from Wednesday 7 March to Sunday 11 March. See the full program here.
- The fifth edition of the ‘Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective‘ lectures, ‘Future Museum‘ on Thursday 8 March at the Oude Lutherse Kerk of the University of Amsterdam (Singel 411). This edition will feature an introduction by Natasha Ginwala, an independent curator and art critic based in Amsterdam, a lecture by Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and an interview with Hans Belting, Professor for Art History at the universities of Heidelberg and Munich, by Rein Wolfs, Artistic Director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum.
- Also on Thursday 8 March, Fashion&Foam: Fashion Photography featuring Martien Mellema (creative director of Vogue), Colette Olof (curator at Foam), Scheltens&Abbenes (photographers) and Philippe Vogelenzang (fashion photographer) who will talk about the role of photography in magazines and the new Vogue Nederland. The event will take place at &Foam (Vijzelstraat 78; see previous post) at 6.30pm.
- Opening on Friday, 9 March, the Starbucks Coffee concept store, named ‘The Bank, vision of the future.’ Starbucks The Bank is located at Herengracht 595, right off the Rembrandtplein. I’m curious.
- It’s your last chance to visit the exhibition ‘The World Exhibition‘ by Mexican artist Erick Beltrán at the at the Tropenmuseum (Lineausstraat 2), on display until Sunday 11 March. The exhibition features interviews by Beltrán and a team of young anthropologists of residents in Amsterdam, and the results have been “assembled in a contemporary encyclopedia.” Also on display until 26 June, the exhibition ‘Culture Couture.‘ In this exhibition, young fashion talent from Antwerp’s Academy of Fine Arts showcase a selection of spectacular creations inspired by other cultures.
- It’s also the last week to visit the exhibition ‘Joel Sternfeld: Color Photographs since 1970‘ (until 14 March) atFoam (Keizersgracht 609; see previous post). Additionally, check out the exhibitions ‘Les vacances de Monsieur Grunberg‘ (until 18 March) and ‘Pavel Prokopchik: The Tribe‘ (until 21 March).
- The 2012 Oscar winner for ‘Best Picture,’ Michel Hazanavicius‘s The Artist, featuring the 2012 Oscar winner for ‘Best Actor’Jean Dujardin, is still showing at The Movies (Haarlemmerdijk 161), daily at 5.15pm. So worth it.
- If you’re traveling to Amsterdam in the near future, check out my full Amsterdam Insights roundup of the past 6 months. Cafes, shops, museums, restaurants and more! And be sure to pick up the March ‘Chef’s’ edition of Time Out Amsterdam magazine, out now.