Exhibition: Watteau at Teylers Museum in Haarlem

Exhibition: Watteau at Teylers Museum in Haarlem

Mimi Blogger Team went to the opening of the ‘Watteau’ exhibition at Teylers museum.

Jean-Antoine Watteau’s (1684-1721) work marked the beginning of the Rococo movement. More than 60 paintings and drawings by Watteau and followers can be seen at Teylers Museum. Designs by fashion students at the Rietveld Academy, made with Watteau’s paintings in mind, are situated throughout the museum as well.

Next to the designs ‘Project Rietveld at Teylers’ also includes  sketches of the students and a professional portfolio, photographed by JW Kaldenbach.

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New Romance Private View

New Romance Private View

An exhibition with work by artists Katja Schellekens and AntonaCollages

Katja Schellekens makes paintings of flowers and plants. The flowers are arranged in compositions, generating a new chaotic image. The resulting details are used to painting, combining realistic and abstracted, quirky color, on the brink of kitsch and a new look at romance. Katja has worked as a fashion illustrator for years and was a lecturer at various art academies.

Antonia / Tonny Timmermans makes collages; cut and paste, handmade.
The subject is mostly fashion and alienating elements. She uses existing footage, which they share reused and redeployed to a whole new image. Her work is characterized by a tuft of humor, elegant style and a new narrative romance. In the early nineties Antonia was the founder of the then renowned fashion boutique in Amsterdam with the same name, with collections of young Dutch fashion designers. Besides her own work, she now works freelance for a number of Dutch fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, Glamour and Elle.

New Romance Private View; 9 december : 18.00 – 20.00/10 – 11 december : 11.00 – 17.00at Oudeschans 5a Amsterdam

Sunday To Do Tip: Shamrock House Abcoude

Sunday To Do Tip: Abcoude

Today would be a nice day to visit the lovely village of Abcoude, close to Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Why? Beacause the private home ‘Shamrock House’ in Abcoude is open to public, and it’s filled with art, design objects, photography and tableware, all for sale. Oh.. and Dutch artist Meinbert Gozewijn van Soest will be drawing your portrait if you want. This exhibition is organized by Vasco del Arte and it houses work by, a.o; Airco Caravan, Narouz Moltzer, Peter Klashorst, Marcel Smink, JW Kaldenbach, Gem Kingdom, Adzer van der Molen, Mrs Jack and yours truly Mimi Berlin.

We did follow up on the Sunday to do tip, see the photo’s, made by JW Kaldenbach, above.

Akio Igarashi and Takashi Suzuki at Willem Baars Projects

Akio Igarashi and Takashi Suzuki at Willem Baars Projects

The work of Japanese artists Akio Igarashi and Takashi Suzuki is on show at Willem Baars Projects

Since we, at Mimi Berlin, are no art critics, we can’t give an in-depht story on the work: please go HERE for that. We CAN tell you that the work of Akio Igarashi is made with oil paint which meticulously has been sanded down. If you ask nicely you may be able to actually touch the work, it feels so smooth! Takashi Suzuki‘s work is very abstract and very colorful; seeing this work was a wonderful experience for us, we couldn’t keep our eyes of it. We took pictures, which of course is ridiculous; you have to see these wonderful paintings with your own eyes. If you are in Amsterdam we feel you should visit the gallery and experience the minimalism for yourself!

Willem Baars Projects is open Wed. to Sat. 12:00-18:00 and by appointment. Address: Hoogte Kadijk 17 in Amsterdam

( Danke Schön Udo Vektor for the invite )

It Must Be Beautiful Alexandra Soldatova

It Must Be Beautiful Alexandra Soldatova

Alexandra Soldatova is a photographer from Belarus, she photographed the artistically decorated bus stops in her country for 2 years and came up with this wonderful series. Make sure to visit her website for more!

“In Belarus, my home country, people love when everything looks neat, clean and beautiful. I decided to search for origins of this fact. So I researched the environment where people normally live and I was looking for rather outstanding and at the same time very common things which could influence the esthetic feeling of a person. This project is about decorating reality. All these paintings on the bus stops are made through local authorities by unknown “artists” with the only purpose to beautify empty landscape.” (Alexandra Soldatova)

(photography courtesy of Alexandra Soldatova via thisispaper.com)

Fragments by Katja Schellekens

Fragments by Katja Schellekens

Katja Schellekens: Fragments of 19th Century paintings by Ingres, Winterhalter and David, painted on jaquards and gobelin, 100x 120 cm. (images are screenshots taken from the website of the artist)