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The Art of Banksy, Amsterdam

The Art of Banksy, Amsterdam, 27th September 2016
By Michele H.

Having negotiated the vagaries of the Breda to Amsterdam train schedule and won (mainly thanks to KrissStallabrass and her mastery of the NS Reizen App), we made our way from Amsterdam Central station to the Beurs vanBerlage, the old Stock Exchange. Within this beautifully restored 19th century building is a new subterranean gallery, currently housing The Art of Banksy.

There, we found a comprehensive collection of more than 85 original works on canvas, paintings, photographs, and sculpture. The exhibition included well known works such as Balloon Girl and several of the playful ‘Rat’ artworks. Wewatched the short, Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, a sideways look at the creation and marketing of street art. It was perhaps best described by the New York Times as “a trompe l’oeil: a film that looks like a documentary but feels like a monumental con.”

Who is Banksy? A street artist? A political activist? A vandal who targets public places? Is he Robert del Naja, frontman of Massive Attack? Or a cathedral-school educated Bristolian? Or a group of artists? Although he takes great lengths to conceal his identity, Banksy advocates a direct connection between an artist and his constituency, maintaining “There’s a whole new audience out there, and it’s never been easier to sell. You don’t have to go to college, drag round a portfolio, mail off transparencies to snooty galleries or sleep with someone powerful, all you need now is a few ideas and a broadband connection. This is the first time the essentially bourgeois world of art has belonged to the people. We need to make it count.”

art-saleIt could be said that Banksy’s subversiveness diminishes as his prices rise. He may already have reached the tipping point where his success has made it impossible for him to remain rooted in the subculture from which he emerged.

The irony that his anti-establishment art commands huge prices isn’t lost on him. “I love the way capitalism finds a place – even for its enemies. It’s definitely boom-time in the discontent industry.”

granniesTowards the end of the exhibition, we pondered further the disconnect between a street artist exhibiting his work in a solid Dutch building.It transpires that the architect, Hendrik Petrus Berlage,was a staunch socialist who believed the stock exchange trade had a short lease of life. Inspired by the Italian Palazzo Publicos, he decided to design the building in such a way that it could serve as a grand communal home, a public palace, after socialism had triumphed. A fitting place for a Banksy collection after all.

We exited through the gift shop and found a nice place for lunch by the canal.
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A ‘gezellig’ High Tea

High Tea, 28th May 2016
By Linda W.

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On Saturday May 28th from 14:00-17:00, the IWC hosted a fabulous complementary/ sponsored high tea for all members. Rina, Carina and Bep had organized and booked a perfect venue (Restaurant Ruitosbosch) for the event in which we had our own private area indoors and out.

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Over 30 ladies showed up including new and old members. The food included savory dishes such as sandwiches with carpaccio, basil cream and parmesan and delicious mushroom parcels. To add to the international theme, scones with clotted cream and jam were served as were little brownie parcels and chocolate covered strawberries. Flowering teas were served to complement the food. It was a truly ‘gezellig’ high tea!

Make-up Workshop

By Linda B.
Make-up Workshop
Demonstrated by Mimi Z., on 21 April & 25 May 2016

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Mimi explaining basic skin care and make-up products

One member who took us up on our offer to facilitate a workshop was Mimi.  Mimi, for those of you who don’t know,  is passionate about make-up and decided to share that passion with us during the course of a workshop she gave on two separate dates.

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Mimi removed all her make-up. Then re-applied to show us her technique.

She carefully explained the ”tools of her trade” and some of the techniques she uses to apply and remove make up, as well as showing us her favourite brands and the reasons behind her choices.  Putting her money where her mouth was, she carefully removed all of her beautifully applied make up and showed us her daily routine of prepping her face and applying make up.
We gained a lot of tips and Mimi had plenty more to offer but we unfortunately run out of time.  So ladies, we very much hope that Mimi will be back to offer another workshop to impart more of her wonderful tips.  Thanks, Mimi!  It was a fabulous morning & evening (and had many of us rushing out to replenish our tired make-up bags!)

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