Category Archives: Culture

El Bosco

After seeing the Jeroen Bosch exhibition in his hometown (Den Bosch), we also wanted to see the exhibition in Madrid. Enjoyed it immensely!


Another Weekend in Paris

After the Aria-Valuspa meeting, we enjoyed another weekend in Paris. As always, we went to the Palais de Tokyo to see the art. As always it was really good, although I should say, this time it was extremely good. The Centre Pompidou offered Le Corbusier – which was slightly boring – but also Mona Hatoum. At the Fondation Louis Vuitton the theme was Pop-Art. It was good fun.

Lunch and Dinner-wise, we had no reasons to complain about anything. We recommend “Chez Simone” (Rue Pascal), “Le Pas Sage” (Passage du Grand Cerf – see picture) and particularly Clamato (Rue de Charonne).

lunch-le-pas-sage palais-de-tokyo-july-2015 louis-vuitton

The Huntington Gardens

We drove to Pasadena to see the Huntington Gardens and the Library. The library was closed unfortunately, but the major works were still on display. We spent a lot of time in the desert garden.


Huntington Garden

City Of Beers and Books

After the Feedback Workshop – which was held in the scenic Skamania Lodge, a short hour’s drive from Portland – I spent two nights in Portland. The first thing the woman at the reception told me when I handed over my Belgian passport was that Portland was famous for its beers. Unfortunately my stay in Portland was too short for a complete sample, but as a big fan of American micro-breweries, I did my best to taste a couple of different beers.

Portland is a wonderful city to stroll in and then of course ending up at Powell’s City of Books. I was particularly pleased with the following find.



Besides the intriguing title, it also had a nice and intriguing dedication from the author.



And that is not all, somewhere in the middle of the book was a newspaper clipping from the Oregon Journal.



“Private funeral services were held today at the Edward Holman & Son chapel for Alexander Goldenweiser, 60, internationally known anthropologist and sociologist, who died Saturday from a heart attack at his home at 2675 S.W. Vista Avenue. Dr. Goldenweiser since 1930 had been professor of thought and culture at the University of Oregon extension center here. From 1933 to 1937 he was visiting professor of sociology at Reed college, a position to which he returned in 1938-39 after a year as visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin.

A native of Kiev, Russia, Dr. Goldenweiser received his education at the Kiev gymnasium, Harvard University and Columbia University. He held A. B., A. M. and Ph. D. degrees from the latter institution. […]

A member of numerous learned societies in his fields Dr. Goldenweiser was the author or co-author of several books and published 124 papers in scientific journals. His books included “Anthropology, an Introduction to Primitive Culture”, and “Robots and Gods” [sic].

He is survived by his widow, Ethel of Portland [….].”

(He died on July 6, 1940)

Antwerp: Fabre & Durham

After celebrating my father’s birthday on Saturday, we went first to Antwerp Noord, to see the Pietas from Jan Fabre (which we missed on our previous visit) and then all the way to Antwerp Zuid, to see the Jimmy Durham exibition at the MuHKA.


DEAF 2012

Dutch Electronic Arts Festival – Rotterdam – Olafur Elisasson: Notion Motion. You see me reflected in the water


Paris in Spring 2012

Lunch at Mariages Freres



The problem with Paris: too many bookstores, too many tea shops. Green, yellow and blue tea + mint, jasmin and smokey – all from Mariage Freres this time. Ganaches from Jacques Genin. And also more books.

  • Jean-Philippe Toussaint: Autoportrait (a l’etranger) !finished reading!
  • Carol-Lynne Moore and Kaoru Yamamoto: Beyond Words – Movement observation and Analysis
  • Jo Butterworth: Dance Studies – the basics
  • Tristan Garcia: L’image
  • Jean-Philippe Toussaint: L’urgence et la patience
  • Tim Burton: Catalogue de l’exposition (bought before the exposition opens on the 7th of March!)
  • HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture – Artshow – Musee de la Halle St Pierre
  • Francois Xavier Delman, Mathias Minet, Christine Barbaste: Le Guide de Degustation de l’Amateur de The
  • Mariage Freres: Eloge de la cuisine au The – livre de recettes

As the Tim Burton exhibition only opens at March 7, we need to make other plans. A fabulous alterrnative was the Hey! Modern Art & Pop Culture at Halle Saint Pierre.

Me and TinTin on our way home.