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Ruben Philipsen  Artist with a camera/Teacher of Arts & Art History/Receptionist at Maastricht University (© All rights reserved - all pictures shown are mine)

Museum Voorlinden by Architect Dirk Jan Postel, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, 2018
(Design team: Dirk Jan Postel, Annemiek Bleumink, Hashmat Fagirzada, Rinske Wikkerink, Bart van der Werf, Laurence Meulman.) Museum Voorlinden was founded and is privately owned by Joop van Caldenborgh. It was opened on 10 September 2016 by King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands. The architect pursued a design that would not be ostentatious, but spacious and refined in its detailing and handling of light. The result is of a merciless precision, abandoning all superfluous elements. The program consists of art galleries for the collection, similar spaces for the changing exhibitions and a wing for so called ‘permanent works’ that are fixed and built in, as part of the museum, like a James Turrell room, and the hall for a Richard Serra sculpture. Structure and simplicity are the keywords for this design. The museum avoids being a composition of solid ‘white cubes’. Instead the structure opens up to the beautiful surroundings and provides a diversity of vista’s from the interior outwards. All elements that are not contributing to the design, are left out of sight, minimalised, and hidden. Daylight is the key element in the character of the museum. The roof in this sense is an innovation in itself: in the way it leads and directs the sunlight, and moreover in the way artificial light is integrated for those moments when daylight is insufficient. The main ’actor’ is the special light roof that cantilevers out over the full surface of the museum. It consists of white aluminium panels with white tubes, cut off at an angle. The roof allows about 20% of the incoming light to pass. Below this light filtering roof there are the sloping glass roofs. Below those, in the main galleries, the velum, that spreads and diverts the light onto the walls. Living, changing light is the result. #museumvoorlinden #architecture #nikon #nikond700 #building #buildings #contemporaryart #newphotographers #instatravel #streetphotographymagazine #streetphotography #contemporarphotogtaphy #architectlovers #colorphotography #arthistory #tv_simplicity #minimalzine #9minimal #minamalism #modernarchitecture

Durtch Belted cows at The Voorlinden Estate, Museum Voorlinden, 2018.

The Dutch Belted (Lakenvelder) breed of dairy cattle is, according to records, the only belted breed of cattle tracing back directly to the original belted or "canvassed" cattle which were described in Switzerland and Austria. The original belted cattle originated in Austria and Switzerland. By the 17th century, these ancestors of the Dutch Belted breed were moved to the Netherlands by Dutch nobility. The “belted” color pattern was highly desirable in the Netherlands, and the nobility who owned these cows are also claimed to have bred the belted color pattern into other livestock, including Hampshire pigs, Dutch rabbits, and Lakenvelder chickens.

Dutch Belted cows were imported into the USA in the 1830s, where they were exhibited as a rare breed by P.T. Barnum in his travelling circus. The 1886, the Dutch Belted Cattle Association of America herdbook was established, and still continues today as the oldest continual registry for the breed worldwide.

The breed became well established in the USA and continued in popularity until about 1940, but during the 1900s, numbers of Dutch Belted cattle declined worldwide to the point of near-extinction. In the USA, the breed’s decline in popularity was exacerbated by a government herd reduction/buy-out program, which encouraged selling dairy cattle for beef to bolster milk prices.

Personally I haven't eaten a cow, or any other animal, for about 35 years now. I can highly recommend it.
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The new underground main entrance of museum The Mauritshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2018

After a recent two-year renovation the museum The Mauritshuis has reopened. The renovated Mauritshuis is now twice as large, with an underground modern expansion into the building on the other side of the street. This former corner property of Society de Witte is now called the Royal Dutch Shell Wing. Still, little about the character of the original house has changed. The outer and inner appearance are still intact, thanks to the design of Hans van Heeswijk architects.

The construction of the underground link between the two buildings, which entailed lowering the foundation of the new wing, was a tour de force on its own. The cramped building site and the location, right next to the Prime Minister's tower, proved to be a challenge to the contractors. The seventeenth-century house, where the vast collection is presented, has also been modernised: the windows, the climate installation and the lighting have been replaced and the interior has been redecorated. The old building once again has a fresh appearance, a subtle ‘face lift’. The museum has remained faithful to its historic, intimate atmosphere.

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De toren van Oud (The Tower of Oud) is a 19-story high-rise building in The Hague, The Netherlands. The tower dates from 1969 and its shape is an equilateral triangle with sides which are 16 meters long. The facade colors yellow and blue refer to the beach and the sea. The tower is currently being renovated.

Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud (born Feb. 9, 1890, Purmerend, near Amsterdam—died April 5, 1963, Wassenaar, near The Hague) was a Dutch architect notable for his pioneering role in the development of modern architecture.
Oud was born the son of a tobacco and wine merchant. As a young architect, he was influenced by Berlage, and studied under Theodor Fischer in Munich for a time. He worked together with W.M. Dudok in Leiden, which is where he also met Theo van Doesburg and became involved with the movement De Stijl.

Oud was educated at the Delft Technical University, after which he worked with a number of architects in Leiden and Munich. In 1916 he met Theo van Doesburg, and together the two men founded the influential review De Stijl in 1917, which set forth the theories of the De Stijl group of avant-garde artists. Oud soon became the chief proponent of the de Stijl idiom in modern architecture. His buildings feature subtle oppositions of horizontal and vertical lines; long, straight walls wrapping into smoothly rounded corners; building units enclosing an open space; and simplified triangular, rectilinear and circular forms that achieve a subtly poised equilibrium despite their assymmetrical arrangement.

Oud was one of a number of Dutch architects who attempted to reconcile strict, rational, 'scientific' cost-effective construction technique against the psychological needs and aesthetic expectations of the users. His own answer was to practice 'poetic functionalism'.
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Doelenstraat (literaly translated: Targets Street), The Hague, The Netherlands, 2018

A 'Doelen' (literaly translated 'Doelen' means targets) was a place for archers and the civic guard to practice their shooting with bow and arrow or an arquebus. The word arquebus is derived from the German Hakenbüchse. It is a form of long gun that appeared in Europe during the 15th century. Although the term arquebus was applied to many different forms of firearms from the 15th to 17th centuries, it originally referred to a handgun with a hook-like projection or lug on its under surface, useful for steadying it against battlements or other objects when firing.
In Europe Maurice of Nassau pioneered the countermarch volley fire technique. After outfitting his entire army with new, standardized arms in 1599, Maurice of Nassau made an attempt to recapture Spanish forts built on former Dutch lands. In the Battle of Nieuwpoort in 1600, he administered the new techniques and technologies for the first time. The Dutch marched onto the beach where the fort was located and fully utilized the countermarching tactic. By orienting all of his arquebusiers into a block, he was able to maintain a steady stream of fire out of a disciplined formation using volley fire tactics. The result was a lopsided victory with 4000 Spanish casualties to only 1000 dead and 700 wounded on the Dutch side. Although the battle was principally won by the decisive counterattack of the Dutch cavalry and despite the failure of the new Dutch infantry tactic in stopping the veteran Spanish tercios, the battle is considered a decisive step forward in the development of early modern warfare, where firearms took on an increasingly large role in Europe in the following centuries. "Musket" eventually overtook "arquebus" as the dominant term for similar firearms starting from the 1550s. #contemporaryphotography #contemporaryart #instatravel #newphotography #statue #gottolove_bnw #nikon #nikond700 #architecture #historylovers #architectlovers #thehague #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #building #buildings #newphotographers #lightanddark #streetphotographymagazine #streetphotography #bnwphotography #tv_simplicity

Shadow of a statue in the Kolumba Museum, Cologne, Germany, 2018

The collection of the Kolumba Museum includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, decorative art and religious icons from Late Antiquity to the present. Apart from a few works on permanent display, the presentation features a regularly changing selection of the museum's holdings. The items are generally displayed without accompanying text, and in no particular chronological or stylistic order.

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My dear wife Loes in Leandro Erlich’s Swimming Pool, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, 2018

One of Erlich's most popular works is his immersive architectural environment called Swimming Pool, which has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York City, New York and is now on permanent display as part of the collection at the Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. The Museum also features other artworks on permanent display. Skyspace by James Turrell (1943) and the corten steel sculpture Open Ended (2007-2008) by Richard Serra (1938) have been incorporated into the building itself. Museum Voorlinden additionally boasts permanently installed work by Maurizio Cattelan (1960), the hyper-realistic Couple under an Umbrella by Ron Mueck (1958) and the enchanting glass sculptures of Roni Horn (1955). In order to present these works to their optimum advantage, each singular piece has been placed in a separate gallery.

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Exhibition room in Museum Kolumba designed by Peyer Zumthor, Cologne, Germany, 2018

Peter Zumthor (born 26 April 1943) is a Swiss architect whose work is frequently described as uncompromising and minimalist.
Zumthor's work is largely unpublished in part because of his philosophical belief that architecture must be experienced first hand. His published written work is mostly narrative and phenomenological.

Peter Zumthor: "I am convinced that a good building must be capable of absorbing the traces of human life and taking on a specific richness... I think of the patina of age on materials, of innumerable small scratches on surfaces, of varnish that has grown dull and brittle, and of edges polished by use. But when I close my eyes and try to forget these physical traces and my own first associations, what remains is a different impression, a deeper feeling, a consciousness of time passing and an awareness of human lives that have been acted out. At these moments, architecture's aesthetic and practical values, stylistic and historical significance are of secondary importance. What matters now is this feeling of deep melancholy. Architecture is exposed to life. If its body is sensitive enough, it can assume a quality that bears witness to past life." #peterzumthor #kolumba #kolumbamuseum #architecture #contemporaryart #building #buildings #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #contemporaryphotography #contrast #contemporaryart #instatravel#bnwphotography
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Museum Kolumba by architect Peter Zumthor, Cologne, Germany, 2018

The Kolumba (previously Diözesanmuseum, "Diocesan Museum") is an art museum in Cologne, Germany. It is located on the site of the former St. Columba church, and run by the Archdiocese of Cologne. The museum was founded by the Society for Christian Art in 1853, and taken over by the Archdiocese of Cologne in 1989.

Until 2007 it was located near Cologne Cathedral. Its new home, built from 2003–2007, was designed by Peter Zumthor and inaugurated by Joachim Meisner. The site was originally occupied by the romanesque Church of St. Columba, which was destroyed in World War II and replaced in 1950 by a Gottfried Böhm chapel nicknamed the "Madonna of the Ruins". The new structure Zumthor built for the museum now shares its site with the ruins of the Gothic church and the 1950s chapel, wrapping a perforated grey brick facade like a cloak around both, the museum and old church. The sixteen exhibition rooms possess varying qualities with regard to incoming daylight, size, proportion, and pathways. The work on the project yielded the following reduction: light gray brick walls (Kolumba stones) and clay plaster, flooring made of Jura limestone, terrazzo, and mortar, ceilings made of a poured mortar shell, window frames, doors, casings and fittings of steel, wall paneling and furniture of wood, textiles and leather, curtains of leather and silk. This results in an almost transcendental architecture that is soothing and tranquil.

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Red exhibition space in the Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2018

Color has a huge impact on our emotions, our perceptions, and our spiritual and physical well being. Red, the color of blood and fire, is associated with meanings of love, passion, desire, heat, longing, lust, sexuality, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength, leadership, courage, vigor, willpower, rage, anger, danger, malice, wrath, stress, action, vibrance, radiance, and determination. Too much red causes loss of temper, agitation, anger, and overbearing, demanding, and oppressive behaviors. Too little red causes lethargic, cautious, whiny, and manipulative feelings. To get out of control emotions under control green is needed as it is the opposite of red. To get rid of exhaustion, add more red.

In different cultures red carries different meanings. In some cultures, red represents purity, joy, and celebration and is a traditional color worn by brides. In China, red is used for good luck and represents happiness and prosperity. In South Africa, red is the color of mourning and in Russia red is associated with communism because the communist revolution used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar. In the United States, red, when combined with white and blue represents patriotism and pride.

Red gemstones are believed to increase enthusiasm and interest, boost energy, create confidence, and offer protection from fears and anxieties.
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Stairwell in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2018

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (English: Municipal Museum The Hague) is an art museum that was founded in 1866. It is renowned for its large Mondriaan collection, the largest in the world. His last work, Victory Boogie-Woogie, is on display here.

The monumental Gemeentemuseum Den Haag was designed by the architect H.P. Berlage between 1931 - 1935 and is a perfect exapmle of durtch Art Deco. It houses a varied collection and many changing exhibitions along with some of the finest works by artists of the Hague School, paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Monet, Toorop and many contemporary artists. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag also houses one of the biggest and best collections of Delftware.

The international Art Deco movement flourished in the decorative arts and architecture between around 1915 and 1939. It laid great emphasis on the decorative use of geometrical shapes and luxurious materials like exotic timbers, enamel, gold and lacquer. In the Netherlands, its influence was reflected chiefly in the interior designs of Amsterdam School architects.

However, the influence of new design philosophies outside the Netherlands (including Bauhaus) led to a growing feeling that it was not so much decoration as the basic form of objects that made them aesthetically pleasing. Everyday objects should, above all, be functional; then they would automatically be visually attractive. Designers who felt this way also aimed to achieve more affordable, serially produced objects. This belief in functionalism was far from universal among Dutch designers but it was highly influential and many of them turned to designing plainer and less luxurious products, partly because of the economic depression that followed the financial crisis of 1929.

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Multiple curved wall by Humberto and Fernando Campana, The Design Museum, 'sHertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 2018

Space, openness and transparency, those are the keywords for the redisigned and partially newly build Noordbrabantsmuseum and The Design Museum in 'sHertogenbosch. The project, by Dutch studio Bierman Henket, involved the renovation and extension of the town’s Noordbrabants Museum as well as the addition of a brand new building to house the Stedelijk Museum ’sHertogenbosch and The Design Museum

A glass corridor connects the eighteenth century mansion that houses part of the Noordbrabants Museum with the new buildings. Old and new are build into and within the existing urban fabrics. This concept of union continues as the passageway’s and Stedelijk’s glazed façades blend the museums with the old garden at their centre, which becomes the heart of the entire complex. Humberto and Fernando Campana were given complete freedom to design the reception area, auditorium and shop of the new museum, which, together with the garden, will remain a free entry public space. The Brazilian designers’ concept was ‘Un-Dutch’. They subverted the sobriety and rigid distribution of space of typically Dutch interiors, creating instead a monumental sculpture of curvy plywood sheets that houses the auditorium and reception desk.

An enormous soft seat whose parts can be rearranged to give different shapes to the whole, as well as the shop’s display furniture which follows the layered sheets concept also contribute to the designers’ intent. ‘We thought that the location needed something organic, a strong material presence,’ they explain. ‘We wanted to deconstruct the rigidity of the museum building by bringing in the natural world.’ #architecture #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #maastricht #nikon #nikond700 #contemporaryart #building #buildings #newphotographers #instatravel #colorphotography #visitdenbosch #streetphotographymagazine #streetphotography #bnwphotography #architectlovers #tv_simplicity #minimalzine #9minimal #gottolove_bnw #bnwphotography #architectlovers #arthistory #arthistorylovers #modernart #bnw_switzerland #biermanhenketarchitecten

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