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Colour Unleashed – Modern Art in the Low Countries show in The Hague


Mondrian show SS1

 Portret van Dolly, 1909 by Kees van Dongen,

EXPLORING the influence of the French Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists, such as Claude Monet, Paul Signac, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne, on the artists of the Low Countries, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is bringing Dutch and Belgian masters, as well as the French, together for the first time in a new exhibition, Colour Unleashed – Modern Art in the Low Countries 1885-1914 later this year.

Mondrian show SS2Mill in sunlight, 1908, oil on canvas, 114 x 87 cm
by Piet Mondriaan  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

On show will be work by artists of the Low Countries, such as Leo Gestel, Jan Toorop, Piet Mondrian, James Ensor, Jan Sluijters, Henry van de Velde and Rik Wouters, as well as the French masters Claude Monet, Paul Signac, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne and so on. Their work will be brought together to examine the interaction between artists from France and the Low Lands so that the viewer can examine and experience the differences and similarities in their paintings. The French artists will be on show in one large exhibition room with all other rooms filled with work by the Dutch and Belgian artists.

This  exhibition has been made possible due partly to the current renovation of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, as a result of which some of the top items in its collection can now travel to other museums around the world. The show is also part of a year of events celebrating the cultural ties between the Netherlands and Flanders.

by Caroline Simpson

Colour Unleashed – Modern Art in the Low Countries 1885-1914 is on show at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag from October 3, 2015 – January 4, 2016

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag
Tel: 31 (0)70 3381111 email:

Luxury for a Cause: Maserati and the Cash & Rocket Tour

Maserati SS3The Maserati Ghibli at Dorchester Hotel

THIS week five red Maserati saloon cars will participate in the Cash & Rocket Tour, traveling from the Dorchester Hotel in London to destinations across the UK, France and Italy, all to raise support for three African-focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Taking turns at the wheels of these iconic luxury Maseratis will be an alternating crew of over 70 successful women, all leading figures in the worlds of film, television, fashion, business, the arts and music.

Maserati SS2Cash & Rocket tour 2015

Now in its fourth year, the Cash & Rocket Tour convoy was created to raise money, support and awareness for three specific NGOs – Shine on Sierra Leone, OrphanAfrica and Sumbandila, which respectively are involved in the promotion of community projects designed to improve the prospects of thousands of young people living in Central and South Africa.

The event kicked off on 14 May with a gala dinner and charity auction at the Dorchester Hotel. This kickoff evening raised over £550,000 and included such high-end items as a couture Valentino gown, return flights to Cannes in a private jet and a Chopard watch. Celebrities and VIPs attending the event included: models Selita Ebanks, Arizona Muse, Jade Parfitt and Ashley Graham, Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green, with daughter Chloe and wife Lady Tina, socialite Yasmin Mills and singer Natalie Imbruglia.

Maserati SS4Selita Ebanks and Miriam Aldainy with Maserati Ghibli

The Cash & Rocket Tour itself brings together over 70 successful women from a variety of industries who will alternate driving the five Maseratis across the UK, France and Italy. The Maseratis will join a fleet of 35 vehicles, all bright red, which is the official Tour colour.

Maserati SS5Maserati Ghibli at Dorchester Hotel

The first leg of the tour began at Audley Square, Mayfair with the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli models, which will be driven by the first shift of the all-female crews. Taking the wheel of the Maserati Ghibli will be Selita Ebanks, a former Victoria’s Secret angel, and the stunning Spanish model Nieves Álvarez; while, the Maserati Quattroporte will be driven by editors and influencers from Eastern European media platform Buro 24/7.

Maserati SS1Maserati display at the London Eye

Next, the red cars will head to Paris towards the headquarters of Valentino on Place Vendôme, where an evening charity programme will be held. After passing through Lyon and Milan, the convoy will conclude on Tuesday 19 May in Cannes, ending in truly grand style with a cocktail dinner hosted by Chopard, the Swiss-based luxury watch brand.

by Jessica Quillin