Despite their artistic value and important public function, Holland Dance Festival, Kalpanarts, OFFprojects and Another Kind of Blue have not received a multi-year subsidy from the Performing Arts Fund for the period 2025 – 2028. This is a threat to The Hague’s Dance City.

RON MUECK at Museum Voorlinden in The Hague/Wassenaar

The figures are totally lifelike with every pimple and nasal hair in place. One feels like a guilty viewer in a freak or peep show – intrusive and even perhaps a little embarrassed. But the giant figures exist in their own private Lilliput, gazed at by people only a quarter of their size, and they don’t care.

Rijksmuseum starts Artist in Residence Programme

This week the Rijksmuseum started a campaign to recruit an Artist in Residence. Artists can submit proposals until 8th September, 2024 for the realization of a work of art or an artistic intervention based on the collection, history or other aspects of the Rijksmuseum.

Selma Selman wins 12th edition ABN AMRO Art Prize

ABN AMRO Art Prize supports promising female talent in their development and brings their work to the attention of the largest possible audience. As part of the prize, Selma Selman will receive an exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and in the ABN AMRO Art Space on the Zuidas.

The Summer edition of ArtsTalk International is out

For the second edition of INTERNATIONAL we have reviews of two major opera productions – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Vienna and we talk to the director of Tosca in Munich. We have a profile of a Scottish clown who is equally at home in the circus ring or playing Shakespeare . . .

Museum Rijswijk’s PAPER BIENNALE 2024 – Animal Farm

In the works shown, Orwell’s tiny book Animal Farm provides the baseline for political, environmental and human rights, equality and our relationship with animals and plants, among others. Published in 1945, Orwell’s moral fable was a reaction to how fascist ambitious, self-seeking individuals, (Hitler or Stalin?), in the book depicted as pigs . . .


Musically this production was excellent with some very fine singing with everyone giving a considered, mature performance. It is perhaps unfair to single out individuals but I have to say that Marcelo Alexandre as Ulysses had a fine voice and performed beautifully as did Rommie Rochell as Penelope.