Start autumn off right with these culture tips

David Hockney, self-portrait, 22 November 2021Photo by Jonathan Wilkinson

Visual art

Hockney’s Eye, Teylers Museum, Haarlem, until 29 January 2023

Beautiful Californian swimming pools, dreamy British paths and bright colours: Whether he’s drawing, painting or coloring on his iPad, David Hockney’s (85) hand is always recognisable. He often manages to suggest much more spaciousness than can exist on a flat surface. In the exhibition Hockney’s Eye Hockney’s experimental use of perspective and optical aids is therefore central to Teyler’s Museum. In addition, artworks by Hockney are combined with old masters such as Claude Lorrain and Pieter Saenredam. The exhibit also shows what optical instruments they may have used, according to Hockney. The visitor is invited to look at art history through Hockney’s eyes.

The debut, Via Rudolphi. Premiere September 24, tour until November 5

Fortunately, it’s back – or should we say yet? – the fine and important theater program The debut. This theater tour with several short performances in one evening introduces visitors across the country to newly trained theater talent. For three years in a row, this talent has now been a victim of corona: their work could not be seen by an audience at all, or because of the reservoir of postponed premieres. And then the graduation festival ITS is also closed, which means that there are even fewer opportunities to play and show. So a tribute to the producer Via Rudolphi, who is so consistently committed to this concept, already for the eleventh time.

It also produces a lot of beautiful things: former participants such as Mathieu Wijdeven, Jip van den Dool, Yamill Jones and Caro Derkx have since become permanent values ​​in the theater landscape.

Hopefully that will also be the case for the four participants this year: the duo Just van Bommel and Emma van den Elshout (The show), Sweder de Sitter and Julie Boalaard (Enlighten illusion) and Myrte Siebinga and Thibaud Dooms (Teenager & Teenager), plus Marie Mae van Zuilen (Dream). The seven talents of the future, just together in one night, it’s a fantastic opportunity. Go see it – now you can.

Campaign image The Debut 2022 Image Via Rudolphi

Campaign image The Debut 2022Image Via Rudolphi


Paul Lewis, Edesche Concert Hall, September 24

It’s still a bit of an insider’s tip, but it won’t last long: Ede – yes, Ede – is one of the places you have to visit if you’re interested in classical music. Edesche Koncertsal has a beautiful and diverse concert offer. On Saturday evening, another world-class pianist comes to visit in the form of Paul Lewis, who will once again perform in the Netherlands. The Brit takes pieces by Debussy, Sibelius and Schubert (de Gasteiner Sonata). “Soft piano playing buzzing in his hands, a forte sounded like a scream, as if the song composer was looking over his shoulder,” wrote de Volkskrant already talked about his Schubert interpretations, so that’s promising. Later in the season, Lavinia Meijer (harp), Quartetto di Cremona (string quartet), Elisabeth Brauss (piano) and Rachel Podger (baroque violin) will perform.

Pianist Paul Lewis Statue

Pianist Paul Lewis


Trupa Trupa, Worm Rotterdam (September 27), ACU, Utrecht (September 28), Merleyn Nijmegen (September 29)

When Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine, the record just came B Apartment A by the Polish band Trupa Trupa. The literary and socially involved lyrics of the poet and singer Grzegorz Kwiatkowski touched a nerve. Because they were about the terrible European history, and especially the band’s homeland. In his music, Kwiatkowski goes against the Holocaust deniers, against the madness of war and against inhumanity in general. He does this with beautiful, but sometimes disturbing lyrics.

Trupa Trupa was often mentioned in the programs of small pop venues in recent years, but corona put an end to their tour. They are finally here, in three halls. Give this beautiful band an audience.

Trupa Trupa statue

Troupe Troupe

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