Do you need inspiration for the weekend? You should not miss these performances, books and activities

From colorful toys to a philosophical walk. Tidgeest’s editors provide tips for the weekend and next week.

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Escape to the legendary world of designer Floris Hover


Floris Hovers ‘arketoys’.

If you want to escape to a clear, colorful world in these gloomy and confusing times, you can visit the Amstelveense Museum Jan (until the former Museum Jan van der Togt). There is a charming exhibition with work by designer Floris Hovers. He calls his studio a ‘playground’, and his design truly exudes a childlike enthusiasm.

Hovers (1976) is known for its colorful vehicles, greatly simplified until there is only one recognizable basic shape left: fire truck, tractor, truck. He calls them Archetoys; archetypal toys.

These vehicles are part of a complete world: colorful cities built from all kinds of waste materials. Table legs, stoppers, thumbs, plastic bottles and metal profiles are changed in the hands of Hovers for apartments, church towers, cranes and transmission towers.

ingenious world

In Museum Jan you can get lost in a huge model set up on the floor. But there are also smaller ‘cities’ hanging on the wall, which makes them look like abstract sculptures. It’s not necessarily a romantic world that Hovers creates. But one that has a reassuring effect due to the cheerful colors and the clear layout.

Hovers also designs furniture where the same simplified shapes play a major role. Like a chair that has been ingeniously put together by connecting all the parts with a rope that is then pulled tight. Or a simple wooden box that on closer inspection turns out to be completely made of tin. The designer was inspired by historical tin toys – of course.

The exhibition The art of playing can be seen in Museum Jan in Amstelveen until 26 June. Info: museumjan.nl

Scapino Ballet: The Square 2

The Square is the stage for young choreography talents, conceived by artistic director Ed Wubbe. To the sounds of dance and ambient, a young international company dances various choreographies, gathered for an evening performance. Dutch musician and producer Richard van Kruysdijk plays live and drives them on their ‘journey’ from loneliness to meeting, renewed inner strength and insight.

More via scapinoballet.nl, or listen in advance podcast series about the backgrounds via the website or via Spotify. Tour April 7 to June 10

Calder Now boarding tour

During National Museum Week (April 4-10), guides from Urban Guides will take you along with the American sculptor Alexander Calders (1898-1976) innovative mobiles and large public sculptures. In addition to his work, you will come across installations, performances and sculptures by ten international, contemporary artists who are inspired by Calder. With a ticket from Kunsthallen, the tours are free. Sign up at checkout, full is full.

Calder Now can be seen in Kunsthal Rotterdam on 6-9. April at 13.30 and 14.30. For more information, visit kunsthal.nl.

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Dance to the tunes of a sponge

What does a cocoa bean sound like? And can you dance to the rhythm of a pineapple? Musician Tarun Nayar (@modernbiology) shows on TikTok that there is music in pretty much everything that lives. He regularly dives into the Canadian forests and connects his synthesizer to all kinds of plants that he encounters, and then makes music with them.

However, a small side note. The plants do not really make the music themselves. Educated as a biologist, Nayar uses the bioelectricity that flows through the leaves or stems. He picks up his synthesizer as a rhythm. Then he turns some buttons and suddenly it sounds like music.

And from time to time there are some pretty danceable songs. For example, using mushrooms, he produces eighty-like sounds that would not look out of place in the series Stranger Things, sounds some lovely whistle-like tones from an apple tree, and he manages to extract a modern-sounding dance number from an arum. In fact, Nayar has already released an album full of plant music and plans to make a lot more music.