Every month, a translator of Dutch into English gives literary tips by answering two questions: which translated book by a Flemish or Dutch author should everyone read? And, which book absolutely deserves an English translation?
Hidden in the nineteenth-century park behind the world's most famous tulip garden Keukenhof is the only food art museum in the Netherlands.
The psychiatry museum in Haarlem reinvented itself as a Museum of the Mind. It earned the institution the 2022 Museum of the Year Award.
Autobiographical comics are her trademark, but even in a book about the classical philosopher Hipparchia, Barbara Stok arrives at a theme that also resonates in her other work: the need for a conscious and simple life.
Whereas Verhoeven often uses satire and hyperbole, Van Warmerdam is the king of absurdism and understatement.
In both the Netherlands and Belgium, the number of inhabitants from the other country has grown considerably in the past fifteen years.
The museum in the heart of the vegetable region near Mechelen presents forgotten horticultural material and cultivation methods of yesteryear in an interactive way.
'The Death of the Virgin', a masterpiece by Hugo van der Goes from the fifteenth century, has been restored. The result can be admired in a versatile exhibition in Bruges, built around the panel.
With a new wing and improved layout of the building, Museum Arnhem strengthens a unique place within the range of museums on offer in the Netherlands.
The Dutch documentary maker made a portrait of her Jewish mother, who has not left the house for about three decades due to phobias.
The Afsluitdijk Wadden Center shows how the 32-kilometre-long dam between the provinces of Noord-Holland and Friesland protects a large part of the Netherlands against flooding.
In an abbey where nuns still live, Museum Krona combines centuries-old crucifixes and monstrances with contemporary paintings and photographs.
A gorgeous series of paintings, prints and drawings is featured in 'Turning Heads', the exhibition at the KMSKA in Antwerp that focuses on the genre of tronie art.
The impressive museum, located at a former air base, is not a showcase for the Ministry of Defence but offers a balanced cultural-historical presentation.
At a time when the world of printing and typography was still a very male domain, the female graphic designer Fré Cohen occupied a unique place.
Thanks to the collection of a German physician, the SieboldHuis in Leiden can provide insight into the daily life of nineteenth-century Japan. But its temporary exhibitions also tie in with current issues.
On the eve of the First World War, three Dutch friends believed they could make the world a better place by walking around the globe and propagating socialism in Esperanto.
Portrait of a Flemish metal band that far exceeds the genre and puts bandages on gaping wounds.
The return of the wolf in the Low Countries is accompanied by a blaze of controversy. But one group is an unconditional fan: the far right.
Funeral Museum Tot Zover in Amsterdam knows how to surprise with exhibitions that are informative, thought-provoking, touch a sensitive chord and make you laugh.
Dennis Tyfus cannot be pinned down. Paintings, concerts, tattoo sessions and ‘unforeseeable activities’, the Antwerp-based total artist does it all.
In history, Dutch windmills are often a symbol of freedom, loyalty to the fatherland and pride in the past. Lugard Mutsaers describes how a useful tool became a national icon.
Pop music sung in dialect is on the march in the Netherlands. Why?
A new and younger generation in Belgian music is taking over the torch from the established order.
Henriette Louwerse, Director of Dutch Studies and Senior Lecturer in Dutch at the University of Sheffield, argues for an open and inclusive approach towards the Dutch language.
Two Antwerp monks were burned at the stake five hundred years ago because of their Lutheran beliefs. Their deaths remind us of a piece of the faded religious past of the Low Countries.
The work of the Flemish priest and poet Guido Gezelle has repeatedly been linked with both British and American literature and culture. And not without reason.
Built on a former mining site, creative hub C-mine is more than a reminder of the underground past.
The oldest working planetarium in the world can be found in Franeker in the Dutch province of Friesland: the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium.
Which objects are we talking about exactly? Who claims them? And what should be done with them in the country of origin?
Private residence, Russian embassy, and headquarters of a TV station. Villa Empain in Brussels has been all of these.
Four hundred years after his birth, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar is staging the first retrospective of his diverse oeuvre.
He is best known as "the man who escaped from prison in a chest of books". But thanks to a new biography, we know that the seventeenth-century scholar was much more than that.