The Woman Who Made Vincent van Gogh

Neglected by art history for decades, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, the painter’s sister-in-law, is finally being recognized as the force who opened the world’s eyes to his genius.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #diaries, #luijten-hans, #netherlands, #van-gogh-museum, #van-gogh-bonger-johanna-1862-1925, #van-gogh-theo, #van-gogh-vincent

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In Empty Amsterdam, Reconsidering Tourism

Before Covid-19, the city was packed with visitors. Now efforts to rein in the expected post-pandemic crowds are ramping up, but not without controversy.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #coffeehouses, #prostitution, #travel-and-vacations

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The Sunday Read: ‘Rembrandt in the Blood’

No one had spotted a new painting by the Dutch master for four decades — until the scion of a storied Amsterdam family found two.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #auctions, #netherlands, #van-rijn-rembrandt-harmenszoon

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One of Turkey’s Hottest Rock Bands Has an Unlikely Source

Altin Gun’s fans say the band does more for Turkey’s image than the government. No one seems to mind that it’s actually Dutch.

#altin-gun-music-group, #amsterdam-netherlands, #content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #pop-and-rock-music, #turkey, #verhulst-jasper

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Walking (and Skating) on Thin Ice, Some in Europe Paid the Price

Temperatures that had not been seen in years brought out the playful side of people across the continent. A few who took to icy canals and ponds needed rescuing.

#accidents-and-safety, #amsterdam-netherlands, #berlin-germany, #europe, #ice, #ice-skating, #snow-and-snowstorms

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Asia’s ‘El Chapo’ Is Arrested in Amsterdam

Tse Chi Lop, said to be the leader of a multibillion-dollar drug syndicate, was arrested in Amsterdam and faces extradition to Australia.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #australia, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #methamphetamines

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Dutch Court Rules Against Jewish Heirs on Claim for Kandinsky Work

A recent finding of fault with a Restitution Commissions panel had led the heirs to hope that the court might find for them and return the painting.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #dutch-restitutions-commission, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kandinsky-wassily, #kohnstamm-committee-netherlands, #mondex-corp, #museums, #netherlands, #painting-with-houses, #stedelijk-museum-amsterdam

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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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