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News & Books on Dutch Culture
Netherlands - Culture Smart! by
Publication Date: 2018-06-21
Taking readers beyond the stereotypical images of windmills, clogs, and tulips, this pocket-sized guide helps visitors understand the complex layers of identity in this small, densely populated country on Europe's northwestern seaboard. With roots as a maritime nation that built a network for transportation, defense, and trade, the Netherlands of today is still a prime economic hub of Europe. The Netherlands is also famous for its liberal attitudes, recently challenged by high levels of immigration, and is home to an intelligent, cosmopolitan, enterprising, tolerant, and modest people.
Discovering the Dutch by
Publication Date: 2014-11-18
What are the most salient and sparking facts about the Netherlands? This updated edition of Discovering the Dutch tackles the heart of the question of Dutch identity through a number of essential themes that span the culture, history and society of the Netherlands.
Dutch Art by
Publication Date: 2013-07-04
Dutch Art explores developments in art, art history, art criticism, and cultural history of the Netherlands from the artists' workshops for the Utrecht Dom in 1475 to the latest movements of the 1990s.
The Netherlands in a Nutshell by
Publication Date: 2011-10-11
This book presents a global overview of the key events and themes in Dutch history and culture: a choice of fifty key topics, or 'windows' into the country. Fifty important people, inventions and events which together show how the Netherlands has developed into the country that it is now.
Grey Area by
Publication Date: 2019-10-15
Amsterdam's Coffeeshops, which are local legal dispensaries for marijuana, are often given as examples of Dutch tolerance. In fact, these dispensaries are highly regulated. On the premises, there cannot be minors, hard drugs, or more than 500 grams of marijuana. A coffeeshop cannot advertise, cause a nuisance, or sell more than 5 grams to a person in a day. These rules are enforced by surprise police checks, with violations punishable by closure. In Grey Area, Scott Jacques examines the policy surrounding coffeeshops with a huge stash of data, which he collected during two years of fieldwork in Amsterdam.
Striving for Allah by
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
Islamic fundamentalist movements, such as Salafism, are of great concern to Western societies like the Netherlands, yet much remains unknown about these phenomena. Striving for Allah fills in the blanks by presenting primary data from in-depth qualitative research in the Netherlands and, to a lesser extent, Britain.
Amsterdam's Canal District : origins, evolution, and future prospects by
Publication Date: 2020
In terms of design, scale, and blending of ecologicical and aesthetic function, Amsterdam’s seventeenth-century Canal District is a European marvel. Its survival for four centuries is a testament to its ingenuity, reflected in its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. The Canal District today is an extraordinary example of resilient historic design and cultural heritage in a living city, but it is not without present-day challenges: in recent years, its urban ecology has become subject to severe pressures of global tourism and supergentrification. This edited volume brings together seventeen reputable scholars to debate questions about the origins, evolution, and future of the Canal District.
Imagining Global Amsterdam by
Publication Date: 2012-02-10
Imagining Global Amsterdambrings together new essays on the image of Amsterdam as articulated in film, literature, art, and urban discourse, considered within the context of globalization and its impact on urban culture. Subjects include: Amsterdam's place in global cultural memory; expressions of global consciousness in Amsterdam in the 'Golden Age'; articulations of Amsterdam as a tolerant, multicultural, and permissive 'global village'; and globalization's impact 'on the ground' through city branding, the cultural heritage industry, and cultural production in the city. Written by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, and united by a broad humanities approach, this collection forms a multifaceted inquiry into the dynamic relationship between Amsterdam, globalization, and the urban imaginary.
Films & Documentaries
Amsterdam is a city that pioneered much of modern life, from multinational trade to the way we design our homes. To find out how, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke take us on a tour of the city's cultural hotspots.
Amsterdam and Dutch Sidetrips
Explore this complex city with the host, writer and producer of the popular public television series, Rick Steves’ Europe.
The Netherlands beyond Amsterdam
By train, bike, and boat, we visit the top Dutch sights outside of Amsterdam: from Haarlem to Rotterdam, and from Delft to the Zuiderzee. Along the way, we enjoy charming towns with fragrant cheese markets, soggy polderland, mighty dikes, and windmills both new and old.
Amsterdam City Guide: Pilot Guides
This Pilot Guides episode features Jonathan Atherton’s vacation in the notoriously liberal city of Amsterdam.
Dutch Art in its Own Environment
From Rembrandt’s drawings and etchings of landscapes near Amsterdam and van Gogh’s people and places in southern Holland to Mondrian’s stern lines of the Zeeland coast and a host of depictions in every medium of houses, churches, streets and street scenes, work places and working people, this program shows us the Holland of its artists.
Art of the Netherlands: 15th and 16th Centuries
This documentary features the Hermitage Museum.
Van Gogh: Painted with Words
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Vincent Van Gogh to perfection in this powerful and critically acclaimed docudrama. Based on years of painstaking research, with every single word of dialogue sourced from his original writings, this is the artist's story, in his own words.
Van Gogh: Great Artists (Series1)
Vincent van Gogh is perhaps the most mythologized artist in the history of art and his tragic life is ingrained in the popular imagination. Active as an artist for only ten years he completed 1,250 paintings before succumbing to mental illness and taking his own life in July of 1890. Van Gogh was a deeply spiritual man and began painting after witnessing the desperate poverty of the agricultural communities of Holland and Belgium. He developed a highly individualistic visual style, and strived to develop an expressive language more direct than that of his artistic predecessors.
High Art of the Low Countries
Andrew Graham-Dixon takes a tour of the fascinating watery world of the Low Countries, exploring how the past has informed the area's art, architecture, and culture. Three powerful films look at how the artists of Belgium and Holland were in a constant search for identity in an area that was always politically contested. He explores how the art of Renaissance Flanders evolved from the craft of precious tapestries; in the Riiksmuseum in Amsterdam, Andrew examines how a period of economic boom driven by a burgeoning middle class led to the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century; and finally Andrew looks at how this entrepreneurial and industrious region rose again to become a cultural leader in the modern age and produced important forward thinking artists like Van Gogh, Mondrian, and Magritte who changed the face of art forever.
Views on Vermeer
Johannes Vermeer died nearly 350 years ago, but his work continues to evoke inspiration and passion. Shot largely in New York (home to a third of the world's Vermeer paintings) VIEWS ON VERMEER also travels to Holland, France, London and Washington, introducing us to artists, writers and photographers whose lives and work have been touched by the painter from Delft.
ARTtube is a collective video channel for art and design in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Tired of Living, Feared of Dying
Dutch doctors are now legally able to accede to a patient's request for medical help so that they can die with dignity and without pain when their sufferings have become unbearable. This remarkable film follows seven people who have registered a request for euthanasia when they judge the time to be right. Each patient talks about the reasons for choosing this way of death and tries to define the specific trigger which will cause him or her to decide when the time has come to ask the doctor for the lethal injection or drink.
A Hospice in Amsterdam (Het Veerhuis)
At the end of Van Goghstraat in Amsterdam is the Veerhuis. A normal residential house in a normal urban area, where children play outside in front of the door. But people come to the Veerhuis to die. For his research, Steef Meyknecht worked for three years as a volunteer in The Veerhuis.
Death On Request
This gentle but astonishing documentary records Cees de Joode, a Dutch man suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - an incurable degenerative muscle disease better known as 'Lou Gehrig's Disease' -, as he, his wife Antoinette, and his doctor choose euthanasia to end his torment.
The Fragmentation Of Dutch Politics
Old divisions between right and left are breaking down, scattering voters in all directions. This will make governing the Netherlands particularly difficult.
Death Of A Populist: Pim Fortuyn and The Dutch Consensus
Pim Fortuyn was a political outsider and reformist poised to be the next Prime Minister of Holland when on May 6, 2002 he was gunned down in the street after leaving a live radio interview. Only three months earlier this wealthy businessman was considered an outsider, but he had soared in the polls and was now tipped to be the next Prime Minister of Holland. The country, in a state of shock, elects Fortuyn's party in the election with around one-third of votes. Today there is still unease that the killing may not simply have been the act of a lone gunman, but that he had responded to the climate of hate whipped up by the political establishment who were reluctant to give up their long-held grip on power.
Sex Work in The Netherlands and Sweden: Dan Rather
On this episode, Dan Rather examines how two European countries, Holland and Sweden, are using groundbreaking and controversial strategies to deal with the world’s oldest profession. In addition, this program contains an update on the child trafficking investigation in Portland, Oregon.
How Do They Do It In Holland?
Holland's teenagers practise safe sex. Less than 1% of them get pregnant every year compared to 6% in England. Much of that can be attributed to the Dutch culture of tolerance and pragmatism which allows open talk about sexuality between children and parents at home. Helping to keep the teenage pregnancy rate low are Holland's sex education teachers, who, because they are not bound by a National Curriculum, teach sex in very different ways.
International Court: Art, Justice, and Criminal Cases
United Nations Photo of International Criminal Court; Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
International Criminal Court: Current Cases
The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.
International Court of Justice: Current Cases
The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, acts as a world court. It may entertain two types of cases: legal disputes between States submitted to it by those States (contentious proceedings) and requests for advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by the United Nations organs, its specialized agencies or affiliated organizations (advisory proceedings).
artnet News: Current Law Cases
artnet News serves as a one-stop platform for the events, trends, and people that shape the art market and global industry.
Films & Documentaries on the International Courts
The International Criminal Court
This documentary follows the International Criminal Court and its chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. See how his team prepares a case and learn how he and others at the ICC understand their role and goals. Learn about the operations of the ICC, and how it grapples with issues of legitimacy and jurisdiction in a world dominated by nation-states. The film covers the preparation and presentation of the case against a Congo rebel commander, the question of whether ICC should compete with Libya over jurisdiction of Gaddafi's son, and Moreno-Ocampo's reluctance to claim jurisdiction over alleged Israeli crimes in Palestine.
International Law and Global Governance
International law is described as “the general principles of law as recognized by civilized nations.” This program adds much-needed depth to that broad definition through a discussion of state sovereignty, domestic law, and international law; the importance of the UN and international courts and tribunals; the role of organizations such as NATO, the IMF, and the Red Cross; and the future of international law.
A fascinating story with extraordinary inside access, Prosecutor follows the Chief Prosecutor through the first trials of the newly formed International Criminal Court. Luis Moreno-Ocampo investigates and prosecutes some of the world’s worst criminals for some of the world’s worst crimes. He’s a hero to genocide survivors but has bitter enemies on both the Right and the Left. Prosecutor offers front-row seats to the historic events that will determine whether the ICC is a groundbreaking new weapon for global justice or just an idealistic dream.
Work of the United Nations: Security Council, Trusteeship Council, and International Court of Justice
Five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, whose charge is to maintain world peace, have veto power. The UN Trusteeship Council has empowered many small countries to gain independence. The International Court of Justice serves as a place for settling legal disputes between nations.
Art Resources & Movements
The Mauritshuis is located in the centre of The Hague, the historical and political heart of the Netherlands. A small world-class museum with a formidable collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th century; the golden age of this type of art.
Historical Museum of The Hague
Discover the rich, royal history of The Hague, where kingdoms rose and fell, leaders were born, and art and culture flourished.
Discover The Work of The Dutch Golden Age Painters
The Dutch Golden Age was a period in the history of the Netherlands in which Dutch trade, science, military, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. Roughly spanning the 17th century, the first section was characterized by the Thirty Years’ War, a war fought across central Europe between 1618 and 1648 that resulted in one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. In 1648, the Netherlands also gained independence, which allowed the Golden Age to flourish until the end of the century.
More on de Stijl | MoMA
A term describing the abstraction pioneered by the Dutch journal De Stijl (The Style), founded in 1917 by the painter and architect Theo van Doesburg. This international group of artists working in all mediums renounced naturalistic representation in favor of a stripped-down formal vocabulary principally consisting of straight lines, rectangular planes, and primary color. In a response to the devastation wreaked by World War I, de Stijl artists aimed to achieve a visual harmony in art that could provide a blueprint for restoring order and balance to everyday life.
CODART: Dutch and Flemish Art in Museums Worldwide
CODART is the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art. The CODART list of museums with significant collections of Dutch and Flemish art comprises 757 institutions in 55 countries.