TEFAF and the City (Blog 3 Ronald Kolk & TIPS )

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I finish my museum day at the Museum aan het Vrijthof, at the vivid Vrijthof square. Till June 16th the museum shows a tribune to the craftsmanship of the Dutch houte couturier, Ronald Kolk (Amsterdam, 1960). The exhibition, the Girl, the Dress and the Pearl, shows his oeuvre with fifty selected dresses. Also, goldsmith, jewel designer and emailleur Margareth Stalman (Heerlen, 1959), shows a big collection of her work. Because of their mutial respect for each other’s work, they collaborated a number of times for the annual fashion shows that Kolk organized until 2018.

The whole museum - ten rooms in total- is transformed into the rich, colorful and highly fashion world of the couturier. Every room has its own theme, and the visitor also gets a glance of Kolkman’s atelier and workshop and the different techniques he uses. His specific extravagant glitter and glamour dresses have been wore by artists and actresses such as Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Grace Jones, Dutch Prinses Laurentien and Liesbeth List. Kolk also designed costumes for the Trocadero Ballet in New York.

 

This exhibition is also the closure of the ‘Kolk era’, because the designer has closed his Haute Couture salon in Amsterdam, and will focus on the support and inspering of young, new designers to adopt their love for craftsmanship.

 

I going home with a lot of impressions. It was a divers day, and only a glance of the TEFAF and the City program. The following weeks there are more interesting concerts, theathre shows and exhibitions to come. Maastrichts also overwhelms with passion for art and great diversity. Looking forward to come back next year!

 

Some other TIPS: (source TEFAF and the City)

 

·      Lumière Cinema Specials:

the film house shows four films which are related to art. First there is Degas: Passion for Perfection; a documentary about the famous French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas. Followed by The Mill and the Cross. Lech Majewski translates Bruegel’s masterpiece The Procession To Calvary into cinema. Starring our own Dutch-American Rutger Hauer as Bruegel. Willem Dafoe shines in his wonderful role as Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, by director Julian Schnabel. And finally, there is The Art Life of David Lynch (see also blog 2). See the website for more info.

 

·       Official TEFAF Club in the basement bar of the trendy Commons Restaurant in Student Hotel Maastricht. An event with live DJs, cocktails, good company and happy hour from 22:00 to 23:00!

 

·       The Sphinxpassage is a free, permanent exhibition that embodies the history of the Sphinx factories and the Eiffel building. Approximately 30,000 tiles arranged into 26 chapters recounts the history of both the ceramics industry in Maastricht and the Regout family. This impressive storytelling exhibition was created by using a mix of tableware, designs, old adverts, family portraits, and old transfer prints (a method of decorating enamels or ceramics). And it is very near to the TEFAF Club and Lumiere.

 

·       Classical music: Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland with Dmitry Liss leads Brahms, Friday March 22nd - Dmitry Liss knows the vigour and venom of romantic, Russian music through and through, nor does the music by Johannes Brahms hold any secrets for him. Liss knows how to combine the poetic idylls of his Second Symphony with ‘sombre contemplation’. He makes Brahms into an experience, ‘an endearing man of flesh and blood’. And Liss also brings along violinist Sergey Krylov.

 

·      Tune In- Best of Jazz – March 24th. This is a free series of Jazz & Classical Concerts by Conservatorium Maastricht in the Sint Janskerk. On this Sunday afternoon, some of the leading new jazz talents present their own projects. Experience a surprising afternoon with that many facets that jazz has. From beautiful vocals to energetic drums, from small and fragile to large orchestral.

 

See the WEBSITE for more info about the mentioned tips and other program during TEFAF and the city.  

 

 Text & images: Angelique van Os

 

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