Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at Amsterdam's Eye Film

When in Amsterdam...the world first exhibition of the life's work of Stanley Kubrick is on display at the EYE. The EYE is the National Film Institute of the Netherlands. From 21 June to 9 September the EYE hosts lectures, workshops and screens Kubrick's influential films to accompany the exhibition.

Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) is considered one of the most influential directors of the 20th century. Kubrick set standards for genres such as Film Noir, Historical Drama and Science Fiction. He is famous for detailed planning, extensive research and developing film standards for camera work, lighting and music.

The exhibition presents an overview, in chronological order, of the life's work of Kubrick. From energectic beginnings of a teenage boy who sold his first photo at the age of 16 to the controversial but celebrated artist his work demands today. All of Kubrick's 13 movies are on show and details of his unfinished projects such as the Aryan Papers and Napoleon.

The exhibition place the films center stage. Surrounding the film screen, props, costumes and documents from the film's production are displayed. On the center console interviews of Kubrick's associates  describe their interaction with the genius of the film maker.

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at Amsterdam's EYE

The exhibition exposes the film maker through his work rather than the man itself. 

Kubrick films have always created debate. Many of his movies have attracted criticism and censorship. Lolita (1960-62) the story of lust and attraction of a 14 year old young woman. Full Metal Jacket  demonstrated, relentlesly, the horrors of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. No other movie was more controversial on release than Clockwork Orange (1970-71) a tale of violence and government rehabilitation. 

This controversy was realized when visiting. The violent gang rape scene of Clockwork Orange was on the screen and with young children present one grappled with the moral dilemma of censorship that Kubrick’s work attracted.

For the generation that did not live through the release dates of Kubrick films, the acclaim and criticism. The exhibtion reminds us of the sensitive issues Kubrick's movies addressed. The films have become masterpieces but the man himself remains a legend. In this exhibition only his work tells his story.

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Amsterdam's World of Litter, Trash and Rubbish

When in Amsterdam....look for the World of Litter. This summer a globe will float in het IJ, the water behind Amsterdam Central Station and in front of the EYE Film Museum. This globe was floated to bring awareness to the amount of plastic on Amsterdam streets and throughout the world. 

World of Litter Floated in Amsterdam's het IJ

The globe was constructed by Peter Smith. Peter collected plastic trash from Amsterdam streets. The globe was built with only 10% of the garbage collected. Peter did not seek out any of this rubbish he just collected it on his normal movements around Amsterdam.

World of Litter - a reminder of our waste

The floating of the "World of Litter" on June 21 is to bring attention to a national clean up day. Keep It Clean Day is to be held on  Friday 21 September 2012 (also International Peace Day) in the Netherlands. On the weekend of 21/22 September Amsterdammers and the Dutch will join forces with communities in German, Belgium and France to clean up of Western Europe. This is part of a global campaign called 'Let's Do It'. The organisation promotes clean up activities and highlights the waste and consumption.

Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If we all do our little part we can keep the world free of litter.

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O My Amsterdam Tours conducts an Eco-Tour to educate visitors to the city about Amsterdam's geography and the developments the city and Amsterdammers undertake to reduce carbon emissions. The World of Litter will be included on the O My Eco-Tour until September. On 21 September all O MY Amsterdam Tour Guides and staff will participate in Keep It Clean activities in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam's new garden at Droog Design: Biodiversity and Creativity

When in Amsterdam…visit Droog Design’s new garden. Droog Design is a Dutch conceptual design company situation in the heart of Amsterdam’s historical canal district.

Droog recently revamped their courtyard into a garden. Designers Corinne Julhiet Detroyat and Claude Pasquer were asked to create an environment that mixed natural and artificial materials. Detroyat and Pasquer took a creative sustainable approach recycling rustic materials such as wire mesh and old watering cans mixed with plants that encourage biodiversity.

The result is a weird wonderful hidden garden. The artificial materials create a fantasy feel. The climbing plants such as wisteria and bignonias bring you back to earth. Detroyat and Pasquer have used contrasting materials, sculpture and their artistic creation to form a natural world that is ascetically enticing yet questions the source of manufactures materials. The realization is that our earth is the source of all the materials in the garden and harmony of manufactured material and nature is possible in one environment.

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Droog Design works with independent creative minds to realize products, projects and events.

O My Amsterdam Tours is a small group tour company that visits this garden on their Eco-Tour. Guests of the City Centre Tour, Photo Tour or a Private Bespoke Tour can request a visit to the garden, except on Mondays.

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Nuit Blanche Amsterdam 2012 is Coming

When in Amsterdam...once a year Nuit Blanche takes place. If you love instillation art, darkness, photography and street art this festival is for you. This year is the third edition of Nuit Blanche in Amsterdam. The festival runs from 7pm-7am and ensures a great night for all. The event was founded 10 years ago in Paris and is now worldwide.

The event is always held in weird, wonderful and sometimes hidden locations throughout Amsterdam. This year there are locations in old shipping warehouses, an old prostitution window, and tattoo parlor to name a few. Be sure to check out local Amsterdam artists Ben de Boef and Sjoco Sjon. Also the art space transformed into a modern Agora with different artisan street food stands. When In Amsterdam favorites are always the instillation art but we will see what this year brings.

Installation art titled: Artificial Happiness

Saturday, June 16, 2012
19.00 - 07.00 hours
Admission: Passe partout ticket € 17.50 / € 15.00 Passe partout CJP members
Tickets are available online at:

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Flying Cat at Amsterdam Art Fair

When in Amsterdam...there is plenty of art even a flying cat. After 5 years absence the KunstRai returned to Amsterdam's premiere convention center RAI. The art fair specializes in modern art. This year 70 artists exhibited their work from 31 May to 3 June.

This year the most eye catching art was the cat helicopter. Dutch Artist Bart Jansen showed his 'Orvillecopter'. Bart had a cat Orville. Orville was hit by a car and died. Bart observed a period of mourning and then teamed up with a friend, Arjen Beltman. Arjen has a passion for flying helicopters. The collaboration resulted in Orville, now taxidermy cat with propellers attached to each of his paws.

Bart Jansen is an artist who does installations and 'meaningless machines'. His only criteria is that the art 'works'. The Cat Copter has attracted a range of response some see it as disturbing others as inventive. Jansen in a statement said that Orville loved chasing birds now the dream is realised after life 'to fly with the birds'

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