The Top 5 Art Stories of the Year
1. The Malleable Rembrandt
Dutch art often appears in debates about identity, and this always happens in terms of what is 'own' and 'foreign' to it. Rembrandt in particular turns out to be very 'malleable'. A must-read in this Rembrandt year.
2. The ‘Silent Novels’ of Frans Masereel
Over the past years, interest in the work of Flemish woodcut artist Frans Masereel has increased substantially in the US and the UK. Masereel biographer Joris van Parys knows how that came about.
3. The Healing Humanism of Amenra
Stunning concerts sold out in a flash and a recognizable visual concept propagated by a worldwide network of dedicated fans: Amenra have managed to pull it off for over twenty years. Portrait of a Flemish metal band that far exceeds the genre.
4. The St Matthew Passion Is About Us
Ever since the St Matthew Passion was first performed in the Netherlands, Bach’s masterpiece has continued to gain in popularity in the Low Countries. Why our we still fascinated with a commemorative work that was written almost three hundred years ago?
5. The Voyeuristic Universe of Peeping Tom
Being so popular abroad that your local roots are barely there: it happened to Peeping Tom. Since its start in 2000, the Brussels dance theatre company has been building up a strong international reputation.