DELTA AMSTERDAM, Event Management and Destination Services
On Friday June 27, the last of the many museum renovations finished and even the ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’ is back in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
All stunning museums in The Netherlands are open again after going through major renovations; an amazing number of new hotels are available including the Waldorf Astoria and a number of Hyatt properties. With the backdrop of sports, art and the world famous Dutch DJ’s it possible to host thrilling corporate events in The Netherlands. Together with you we can definitely create that unique, special and memorable event, meeting or incentive.
The World Cup is happening while we write and the Dutch are still battling their way to the top. As you can imagine not only Mr. Holland is now dressed in Orange – but the whole country is. Although we wish all of the teams still in the competition the best of luck – we hope that the Dutch win their first World Cup, since we hold the record for playing the most World Cup finals without ever winning the tournament!
We also have the rising stars in the Dutch contemporary art world, even today a very important aspect of our society. Kindly find below some living Dutch Artists that we can highly recommend viewing during your next visit, together with a tulip baptism or a bike rally.
That the Dutch have produced exceptional art over the last centuries, we already know. But what about the contemporary art scene? Who stands out and who is making their way into history? Amsterdam, as well as other major Dutch cities, are home to many must-see galleries that put on great exhibitions, but some also available for private dining or product launches.
Below kindly find some upcoming and experienced Dutch artists who are catching worldwide attention and invariably, doing justice to the art history of the Netherlands.
“Pushing people to think about the future”, Roosegaarde says, is the aim of his works. This award-winning artist and innovator made his name in the contemporary art scene with the installation “Dune”, back in 2006. The interactive landscape first shown in Rotterdam, alongside the Maas River, opened doors for this artist obsessed with technology, design and architecture. Through his works, Roosegaarde tries to envisage a futuristic world where technology and people coexist for a better living.
Levi van Veluw
Creating art in a conventional way doesn’t seem to be enough for van Veluw. Though photography, sculptures, drawing and installations are part of his portfolio, making a canvas out of himself is one of his signature works. Not by chance, his first acclaimed exhibition in Amsterdam, displayed a series of six photographs in which he presented precisely detailed drawings made with a ballpoint pen. The surface? His own face. The relationship between body and surface had been explored by post-war artists who shed light on performance art like never before. But the use of ordinary objects to create art, such as an everyday pen, has played a big part on this artist’s success. By embracing this concept with his own personal style, van Veluwe has been able to showcase his work to the world in major museums and take Dutch contemporary art to the international stage.
This Dordrecht artist uses photography as her primary medium to produce sculptures, installations, books and takeaway pamphlets. Sometimes, she creates anonymous pieces (like posters and postcards) to enable the audience to take them home. Stedelijk Museum is currently exhibiting a (non-takeaway) work she developed together with fellow Dutch artist Paulien Oltheten. Their installation on the ground floor presents their interpretation of street photography and emphasises their fascination for people and strangers. Another aspect of life that attracts her attention is colour. And by using a method of colour gradation she “creates order in its chaos”, as she describes. “Enclosed content chatting away in the color invisibility” is a work that speaks for her.
Beside art, it is time that you bring that highly innovative, technology driven convention to the Netherlands. Logistics work well here, it is an easy to reach country, with easy to reach cities and everybody speaks English.
The Netherlands rejoined the five most-innovative countries of the world in the rankings in the Global Innovation Index 2013, published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The GII classed the Netherlands as an Innovation Leader and the Intelligent Community Forum recently named the Dutch city of Eindhoven as the world’s most innovative city. The GII 2013 looked at 142 economies around the world & published annually since 2007, the GII has become a chief benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world.
Some samples of Dutch innovations
1. Early April 2014 the first Glowing Lines was constructed on a highway. The artwork was designed by artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and the road was constructed by Heijmans. This makes the project the first light-emitting highway pilot in the world. The Glowing Lines are part of the internationally known and award-winning Smart Highway concept. With this concept for the intelligent highway of tomorrow, Roosegaarde and Heijmans are jointly working on innovating the Dutch landscape in which poetry, design, technology, safety and an energy-neutral future converge. The Glowing Lines make the road sustainable, safer and poetic. Roosegaarde and Heijmans have developed a light-emitting lining that charges itself during the day and glows at night. For designer Daan Roosegaarde, the Glowing Lines are genuine Dutch landscape artwork with their ‘Zen-like lines of light’. Furthermore, it is a sustainable alternative for areas where there is no conventional lighting and they provide drivers a frame of reference, because the lines clearly make the road’s trajectory visible.
2. A Dutch engineer called Jarno Smeets claims to have achieved birdlike flight with a set of man-made wings in a video that has spread rapidly around the internet. In a video shot at a park in The Hague on March 18, Smeets is seen using his arms to flap the wings as he appears to successfully achieve take-off, flight and landing, like an albatross, the bird that inspired his winged-man invention. “I have always dreamed about this. But after 8 months of hard work, research and testing it all paid off,” Smeets said on his YouTube page.
Smeets got the idea from sketches of a futuristic flying bicycle drawn by his grandfather, who spent much of his life designing the contraption but never actually built it. When Smeets began studying engineering at Coventry University in England, he realized the physics of a flying bicycle just didn’t pan out. Instead, he drew inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s wing drawings to build his flying machine. Along with neuromechanics expert Bert Otten, Smeets brought his design into reality. The design is based on mechanics used in robotic prosthetics. The idea is to give his muscles extra strength so they can carry his body weight during the flight http://www.humanbirdwings.net
Although a relatively small country, as you can see The Netherlands is a great destination to visit not only once, but various cities.
All of its major towns are connected by rail. And all offer numerous reasons to be included in your travel wish list because, despite being a small country, its cultural and historic heritage is spread quite smoothly among the country.
Coming to the Netherlands and not yet sure where to go? Then contact Delta Amsterdam for tips & greatly original ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org