On my way back to Blighty from Dunkirk. The journey went so quickly. First day of the Olympics so parked myself amongst other sports fans in front of a big TV! Rowing and swimming heats. Great to see. Sketched fellow spectators and less interested travellers.
After two gallery visits, it was time to enjoy the sunshine. Found a bench and enjoyed the view. (I moved a chair to fill a space – artistic license!)
Then sat by the canal and enjoyed another . . .
The Jewish Museum is one of my favourite museums in Amsterdam. Currently there’s an Emmy Andriesse (1914-1953) exhibition. She was one of the twentieth century’s leading Dutch photographers and had great personal courage, working illegally as a photographer and evading capture during the Nazi occupation. The exhibition includes photos of street life, the Second World War and Liberation of Amsterdam. Her pictures of the Dutch Hunger Winter of 1944-45 are particularly poignant.
I wasn’t familiar with William Kentridges work until now. I was amazed at ‘Black Box/Chambre Noir’ It has to be seen to be believed! A mechanical theatre which incorporates mechanical figures performing against a projected backdrop of beautiful animated charcoal drawings and written historical documentation. The music is taken from Sarastro’s aria and ‘The Magic Flute’ and works so well with the imagery. This is Kentridges response to the the consequences of German colonialism in Africa and the genocide of people in German South West Africa between 1904 and 1907.
Whilst passing the Rembrandt museum, a poster caught my eye. I made a diversion and visited what turned out to be Wendelien Schonfeld’s work. The exhibition shows mainly her wood cuts. Amazing work! I really like how she combines traditional and contemporary elements in her work. Really vibrant and interesting to break down the different overlapping colours. My favourite pieces are the simpler pictures, particulary of buildings and swimmers on a raft. Very inspiring.
A couple of weeks ago, I headed to the coast to and the De la Warr Pavilion at Bexhill On Sea. You couldn’t miss the bus suspended from the roof of the building. It even rocked! Richard Wilsons ‘Hang on a Minute Lads, I’ve a great idea…’ is inspired by the iconic cliff top scene from The Italian Job. Fantastic! No sign of Michael Cane but there was a BBC film crew and Mark Kermode. On the ground floor there are four moving image artworks titled ‘Everything Flows’ The Art of Getting in the Zone. I really enjoyed watching the sometimes repetitive nature of sport on large screens. Strangely hypnotic. Jumping and dropping the ball in a net, practicing the run up to the pole vault and hitting the hockey ball at goal. Showing athletes working individually and as a team. We see the athletes at the big events and its easy to forget all the effort and training that goes on before. Bring on the Olympics!!