27 January 2024 – (Extra)ordinary People

When ordinary is extraordinary. For sure, Rob Hornstra’s characters are ordinary but at the same time far from ordinary. And yet, they are you and me, your neighbor, the shop keeper at the street corner, your cousin, as long as they carry a Kalashnikov and fight...

13 January 2024 – Mode in Mood, Mood in Mode

As often, I did not know the existence of Anton Corbijn before attending the large retrospective of his work at Cobra Museum in Amstelveen. An enigmatic title “Moød” welcomes the visitors: “Mood” with the second o scratched and an e added to...

4 January 2024 – Soul

Japan remains a fascinating place to me. Its landscapes, its people, its history and culture are sources of excitment, thrill, happiness, surprises. Sufficient motivations to visit the current exhibit in Musée Guimet “An ephemeral portrait of Japan” before...

4 January 2024 – A Bicyclette…

“If you leave early in the morning, If you go on these roads, By bicycle, We were a bunch of good friends, There were Fernand and Firmin, There were Francis and Sébastian, And then Paulette”… It is with these words that the song by Pierre Barouh and...

3 January 2024 – Black And White Symphony

Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were singing Ebony and Ivory in 1982, a song, metaphor, aligning the black and white keys of a piano keyboard with the theme of racial harmony, between blacks and whites. 2024, the Bibliotheque Nationale presents, at its marvelous...

16 December 2023 – Picture Perfect

There is little to be watched on TV in general and on Dutch TV in particular. There is however this program “het perfecte plaatje”, the perfect picture in which famous Dutch people compete in weekly challenges to deliver perfect pictures. Up to them to...