First published in the Dutch Happinez and now my pictures and articles are also published in the French Happinez
See als the Dutch article of Strijdom van der Merwe here
On the 20th of June I set foot on Christo’s first large-scale project since 2005. The Full Moon and Sun where with me (Summer Solstice).
A 3 km stretch of saffron orange yellow golden walkway on the Lake Iseo in Italy and linking the village Sulzano to Monte Isola and beyond.
At first drawn back by the huge amount of people The Floating Piers attracted, but soon I felt my self walking my own path on the water.
‘ I know these projects are totally irrational, totally useless,’ Christo. ‘The world can live without them, nobody needs them, only me and Jean-Claude. She always made the point that they exist because we like to have them, and if others like them, it’s only a bonus.’
Flying over the installation the next morning was another highlight. An impressive overview of the installation with tiny black dots covering the never ending stream of visitors on the golden piers.
The Floating Piers are free. Open 24 hours a day. June 18 through July 3, 2016
After the 16-day-exhibition, all components will be removed and industrially recycled.
Out of the Blue | 2015 nr 8 Indigo Pigment on linen canvas 80 x 120 cm
After years of travelling, capturing traditional Indigo dyers all over the world, and collecting Indigo pigments. I developed in 2015 a special method working with Indigo pigments on canvas.
Indigo is also used to dye denim, being the most universal piece of clothing we have. Like Indigo a pair of jeans crosses social, national and cultural borders.
During Amsterdam Denim Days April 2016 my Indigo works on canvas will be on show at Raw Materials | The Home Store, Rozengracht 231, Amsterdam
One of my favorite places in Hanoi is the Indigo Store. A true blue treasure.
Opposite the Temple of Literature you’ll find this Vietnamese/Japanese shop with the most exquisite handmade Indigo dyed organic cotton and hemp woven items to try, buy and do it yourself. The aim of the Indigo store is to preserve and restore the traditional culture of the Black Tay ethnic minority in Sapa.
Out of fashion is the new fashion. In a half-day tye dye workshop with the charming Hjo I created my own tye dye indigo piece. Forget fashion. Go local.
Read and see the photo essay Vietnam Blues for more
After four inspiring months at the Museum of Religious Art (MRK) the Vitamin(e) B. |He|Art Installation is ready to move on. Vitamin(e) B. created heart-warming reactions from young and old. Did you miss the exhibition in 2015? You’ll get another chance in 2016.
The |He|Art Installation will be installed from
Chapel Kloosterhuis Sambeek
Read and see more Vitamin(e) B.
‘Art as Idea as Idea’ by Joseph Kosuth hung above the couch in Siegelaub’s apartment in New York. On top the Irma Boom designed book on Siegelaub.
‘My gallery is the world….You don’t need a gallery to show ideas.’
Yet, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam dared to give her most spacious exhibition floor to a survey devoted to the life and work of the fascinating Seth Siegelaub 1941-2013). Gallery owner, curator, publisher, researcher, collector, bibliographer and archivist.
This exhibition is mind- and space-blowing. It is not only Siegelaub’s collection and ideas that take you on a flight questioning what is art, but also the way the space is used and his collection is displayed (exhibition design by Studio Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smithham).
It doesn’t end there, to take home there is this beautiful book, designed by Irma Boom (who else) CATALOGUE-AS-EXHIBITION | EXHIBITION-AS-CATALOGUE
Happy to have the Stedelijk back inspiring and enlightening us. Lifting us up. Isn’t that what a museum and art should do? A must see (again) show at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
There is a designer, teacher, entrepreneur, artist, photographer, writer, trendforecaster, astrologer, traveler in me. While I am always on the move I cherish the just being of people, places and products. I have an insatiable curiosity (not surprisingly having sun, moon and mercury in Gemini in the 12th house) for learning beyond borders, with a passion for things made and done with heart and soul; authentic, unique, handmade, minimal, wabi sabi.
The ‘like’ culture of social media was for long not on my curiosity list. On Pinterest most of my activities are ‘secret’, on Twitter I scan the news, I tried Tumblr, but rarely look and Facebook, is a social pool I was never attracted to dive into.
Is there a potential Instagrammer in me? Fifty days ago, I discovered the magic and fun of dropping personal pictures and words into a black hole; the social universe. IG has got a spell on me. Here I am, lateblooming, wondering and bewildered. Seeing people with almost no feeds having thousands of followers. Or uninteresting posts getting a thousand likes. Approached by strangers telling me they can offer me free followers and asking myself if I should be buying followers to get a better public image? Why do I get only a few likes on the feeds I like best and more on my least favorite feeds? Feeling myself a looser when I have only 1000 likes on 100 posts, in 50 days, with 50 followers. What would other people think about me?
Here I am, now also on Instagram @birgittadevos, with Iphone pictures, just because it is possible. A daily journey. On my way to new adventures, don’t hesitate to like and follow me on Instagram….
The exhibition about ‘Meditation’ at the Museum of Religious Art | MRK Uden comes with a comprehensive book about meditation.
Meditation is far more than just a sitting still. This book takes us on a journey around the world, from east to west, past to present, to mindfulness and yoga. With contributions of artists and scientists.
‘Meditatie’ by Wouter Prins and Jaelle Collard (dutch)
Published by Berne Media (NUR 723)
Pleased and proud to be participating with my (He)Art Installation ‘Vitamine B.’ at the ‘Meditation’ exhibition in MRK Uden (Museum of Religious Art).
A comprehensive exhibition on Meditation where east meets west. Linking the past with the present. With, among others, art works to meditate upon by artists Marina Abramovic, Madelon Hooykaas and Daan Roosegaarde.