GEORGE STUBBS at Mauritshuis, The Hague

THE MAN, THE HORSE, THE OBSESSION.
Though largely self-taught, Stubbs published his scientific The Anatomy of the Horse in 1766. This groundbreaking publication with his own illustrations, earned him international fame as a scientist and artist.

FEBRUARI FESTIVAL 2020 – at the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague

THE CREATOR OF IMMORTAL WORKS on 16th February.

We were treated to the sound of the Fugue in D the splendid church organ in the Nieuwe Kerk. Apparently, some called it Beethoven’s fairground piece. Be that as it may, it was beautifully rendered by Gijsbert Kok who took his bow from high up under the splendid wood-beamed arches of the church.

Les Caractères de la Danse at the Lutherse Kerk, The Hague

Tonight’s programme focused on music from around the reign Louis XIV, the French Sun King. The addition of a dancer in the shape of the delightful Mojca Gal was inspired. Ms Gal appeared at times as a pixie-ish boy or as an elegant frock-coated dancer. Her eloquent, precise foot work was astonishing in its complexity.

Monteverdi’s L’ORFEO by Nederlandse Reisopera on tour

Dominating the huge black stage was a giant floating transparent cube of some sort of silvery transparent mesh material. This giant amoebic gossamer-like entity was constantly changing shape like the starling murmurations at dusk or the strange swirlings of shoals of fish. It had an ethereal quality that certainly was not of this world.

WILLEM BASTIAAN THOLEN at Dordrecht Museum

At the start of this exhibition, visitors come across works by a young Tholen next to works by Paul Gabriël. Tholen spent time with Gabriël in the latter’s Brussels studio. Both are considered members of The Hague School, though some also call Tholen a Dutch impressionist.

FAKING FAKE NEWS – Craig Silverman at De Balie in Amsterdam

Fake news, deep fake, post truth – these are terms that are becoming increasingly common in today’s media landscape. But what exactly do they mean and how did it all start? Canadian Buzzfeed journalist, Craig Silverman, spoke at De Balie last night about his role in the evolution of a term that now makes him ‘cringe’.