Return Looted Art to Former Colonies, Dutch Committee Tells Government

The Netherlands should show “a willingness to return” items taken without consent, and to do so without conditions, a report said.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #colonization, #museums

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A Clue to Van Gogh’s Final Days Is Found in His Last Painting

A researcher says he has uncovered the precise location where the artist painted “Tree Roots,” thought to be the last piece he worked on the day he suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #auvers-sur-oise-france, #france, #van-gogh-museum, #van-gogh-vincent

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Hostels Try to Adapt for the Covid-19 Era

Hostels are built on the idea of community and sharing, can they survive in a time of social distancing? As European hostels reopen, they are confronting new challenges.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #arctic-monkeys-music-group, #budget-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #generation-z, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #millennial-generation, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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Leading the Van Gogh Museum Through a Future With No Tourists

Emilie Gordenker took over at the Amsterdam institution that attracts most of its visitors from abroad just months before the coronavirus lockdown began.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gordenker-emilie, #travel-and-vacations, #van-gogh-museum

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Amsterdam’s Red Light Zone Stays Shut as Rest of City Edges Open

Many Dutch professions went back to work in May, and most will return by July. But sex workers must wait until September — sending hundreds into poverty and forcing some to risk working in secret.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #netherlands, #prostitution, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Playing by the Rules: Dutch Leader Offers a Sober Contrast in a Brash Era

At a time when populists are overturning social norms, Prime Minister Mark Rutte did not visit his mother in the weeks before her death. It was against his country’s policies.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #dutch-language, #european-union, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #peoples-party-for-freedom-and-democracy-netherlands, #rutte-mark, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Locals Tell Us What Top Tourist Spots Feel Like Now

Travel restrictions have turned 11 overtouristed destinations into quiet, almost unrecognizable places, even for those who live there. It’s a bittersweet experience for the people we talked to.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bali-indonesia, #barcelona-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dubrovnik-croatia, #galapagos-islands, #ha-long-vietnam, #iceland, #paris-france, #prague-czech-republic, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations

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In the Netherlands, the Dance Festivals Have Gone Dark

The Dutch dominated a global, multibillion-dollar industry employing tens of thousands and spawning millionaire D.J.’s. On Tuesday, it was shuttered.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #disc-jockeys, #garrix-martin, #music, #rutte-mark

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