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High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

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Sara Mertens: Material Fatigue

Sara Mertens created a graphic story in response to an ivory statue of what is thought to be Diana, made by Jean Goujon.

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Flora Kenza Nacer: Whale Tears

The woollen caps worn by Dutch whalers in the period 1740 – 1760 inspired Flora Kenza Nacer to write a poetic dialogue.

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Daniëlle Zawadi: Gasping

Daniëlle Zawadi wrote a text in response to 'The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa', a painting by Jacob Jordaens.

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Leonore Spee: Sleeping In State

Leonore Spee took her inspiration for a short story from the model of a life-size marble statue of William of Orange.

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Pieter Van de Walle: Boys Will Be Boys

In his short story, inspired by Pieter Lastman’s painting 'Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar', Pieter Van de Walle introduces us to Orestes.

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Femke Zwiep: Brilliant

Femke Zwiep has written a poem in response to a balance standard with a counterweight from the workshop of Wenzel Jamnitzer.

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Jordy Spyt: Recipe Antidotum

Jordy Spyt chose a passglass – a glass used for drinking games – and wrote an antidote to toxic masculinity.

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Jalil Sultani: Dear Johannes

Jalil Sultani wrote a letter inspired by the book held by Johannes Wtenbogaert on Rembrandt van Rijn’s portrait of him.

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Gidi Pols: .Monaco Dining.

Gidi Pols wrote a poem inspired by the financial story behind 'Portrait of Rogier Le Witer, Antwerp Merchant' by painter Jacob Jordaens.

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Marian van der Pluijm: Tinkling Lungs

Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Marian van der Pluijm created an audio story in response to Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff’s painting 'The Arti...

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Dieter De Schutter: King

Dieter De Schutter drew a graphic story inspired by the masked figure on a ferry in a 370-year-old river landscape. ‘I can never step out of line.’

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Bart Decroos: The Idyll

Bart Decroos wrote a short story inspired by a 1708 drawing by Dirk Valkenburg, entitled ‘View of a Mill and Cook-house on a Plantation in Surinam’.

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Emerald Liu: Reflection

Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Emerald Liu wrote a poem about a toilet mirror, commissioned by King William I as a wedding gift for his daughter.

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Dagmar Dirkx: A Brilliant Mess

Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Dagmar Dirkx looks at the painting 'Monk Meditating near a Ruin by Moonlight' by Frederik Marinus Kruseman.

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Maaike Rijntjes: I can serve you the country

Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. We join Maaike Rijntjes as they look at a plate of the Dutch province of Overijssel.

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Thom Wijenberg: dancers beneath the moon, the moondance

Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Thom Wijenberg shows us the 'Diorama of a Du, Dance Celebration on the Plantation', made by Gerrit Schouten.

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Johannes Lievens: Common Oak

Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Johannes Lievens draws our attention to the inkstand once owned by Baron Chassé.

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Maya Mertens: Part of a Cannon (Captured)

Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. We join Maya Mertens as she looks at a part of a cannon captured at the Battle of Shimonoseki.

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Hasret Emine: Dear Louis

Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. We join Hasret Emine in looking at a dressing table.

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Charlotte Remarque: The Market

Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Charlotte Remarque took inspiration from a model of a Javanese marketplace.

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Mahat Arab: The men

Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Mahat Arab wrote a poem in response to a figure called 'Two Fighting Knights'.

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Kenneth Berth: The Table

Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Kenneth Berth invites us around a lavishly decorated table.

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Gus Møystad: Ex nihilo nihil fit

Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Gus Møystad drew a graphic story inspired by Jozef Israëls’ painting 'The Sand Bargeman'.

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Jutta Callebaut: The Girls

Eighteen young writers have brought artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Jutta Callebaut was inspired by Jan Veth’s ‘Portrait of Cornelia, Clara and Johanna Veth’.

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Michael Koevoet: Mourning Position

Eighteen young writers have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Together with Michael Koevoet we look at the painting ‘In the Month of July’ by Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriël.

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Lemuël de Graav: Come and Dance, Girl

Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Lemuël de Graav found inspiration in Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk’s painting 'The Raampoortje in Amsterdam'.

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Sarah de Koning: lead makes the mind give way, mrs hamilton

Eighteen young writers from Flanders and the Netherlands have brought nineteenth-century artefacts from the Rijksmuseum to life. Sarah de Koning draws our attention to the white paint on 'Portrait of Alida Christina Assink' by Jan Adam Krus...

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Obe Alkema: Festoon of Fruits and Flowers

Obe Alkema gives the floor to a festoon of fruits and flowers: ‘We’re fruit, flora, authentic. We want to be seen the way Yotam Ottolenghi sees us.’

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Edna Azulay: night owls

Edna Azulay has composed an ode to the intoxication of 'The Drunken Couple' by Jan Steen.

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The Top 7 Literature Stories of the Year

Join us in bidding goodbye to 2022 with seven of the finest literature stories we published this year that are worth re-reading or listening to again.

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Malika Soudani: A Woman

Malika Soudani gives a voice to 'Portrait of a woman' by Frans Hals. ‘I wonder if they called it that because it’s a good title or because they’ve forgotten my name.’

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Jasmijn Post: The Corset

Jasmijn Post brings the painting 'The Love Letter' by Johannes Vermeer to life. We listen to a woman whose feelings are restricted by social conventions.

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Amarylis De Gryse: Ordinary Men

Amarylis De Gryse got inspired by the painting 'The Company of Captain Albert Bas and Lieutenant Lucas Conijn'. She explores the inner life of a militiaman.

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Sanne Pieters: Milked Out

A still life with cheese, that’s all Sanne Pieters needs to dissect gender roles. ‘I watch you a lot: you and that favourite cow of yours.'

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Our Top Literature Stories of the Year

Join us in bidding goodbye to 2023 with some of the most surprising stories we have published this year on literature from Flanders and the Netherlands.

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Shimanto Reza: Lines

Shimanto Reza wrote a letter inspired by a map of the Bay of Bengal from around 1695.

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