The end of an island: The exceptional history of Dutch island Schokland

The early 20th century. The Netherlands worked out a special plan: Reclaiming parts of land from the sea and creating one of world’s largest man-made islands – just by building dykes and pumping out the water. In 1941/42 the Noordoostpolder was reclaimed and cultivated. Today, more than 70 years later, no building, street or canal is older than that. Almost. Exceptions are Urk, a town … Continue reading The end of an island: The exceptional history of Dutch island Schokland

Colorful Scenes and Sights: Exhibition by Seychelle Artist Nigel Leonard Henri and Cologne painter Dagmar Schmidt

He has designed a special bottle for Seychelles-rum, painted an aeroplane and worked on a TV-show for children. Artist Nigel Leonard Henri. Now the artist from the archipelago of 115 islands, located in the indian ocean, 1,500 kilometres east of mainland East Africa, presents an exhibition in Cologne – together with local artist Dagmar Schmidt. Both met while painting a huge plastic bear as part … Continue reading Colorful Scenes and Sights: Exhibition by Seychelle Artist Nigel Leonard Henri and Cologne painter Dagmar Schmidt

Woodcuts in a modern and political form: Artist Natalia Wehler shows absurdities and the fast pace of the world

Zooming in on various topics and then stopping. Taking snapshots of the current world and its fast speed and absurdities. That’s what Cologne artist Natalia Wehler does with art. And in a special way: She produces large and heavy woodcuts to print photos and screenshots on japanese paper. The masters and the final prints become art. Oftentimes as fast as newscasts and very political – … Continue reading Woodcuts in a modern and political form: Artist Natalia Wehler shows absurdities and the fast pace of the world