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Maastricht Natural History Museum

 I have a fascination with death. It’s not a creepy unhealthy one (at least I think not). It’s one that drives me to visit as many natural history museums as I can. I think it was fueled by my father and his interest in the sciences. Weekend outings were filled with trips to local science centers, museums, and art galleries. We would watch documentaries if we couldn’t go out. I don’t want to paint my childhood as one where I…

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Tourism

Van Gogh & Japan

Van Gogh & Japan is a special and limited exhibition on display at from March 23 to June 24 at the Van Gogh Museum located in the cluster of museums that make up Museumplein in the heart of Central Amsterdam. It showcases two sorts of art themes. The first theme features pieces of Japanese art styles that fit into categories like Ukiyo-e. The second theme is Van Gogh and the pieces he painted that drew their inspiration from Ukiyo-e. Van…

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The Art of Banksy

I was an art student in school but our classes often focused on art history or the conceptualization of art. I don’t have to study theory anymore, that doesn’t stop me from exposing myself to new forms of art. I want to discover new artists and appreciating their work. One such artist is the infamous Banksy. Banksy’s origin story is one of an anonymous graffiti artist from Britain. His message promotes strong and mindful social and political commentary. Many of his pieces…

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The Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is one of the most popular museums in The Netherlands. It was established in 1885 and is host to many famous paintings including The Night Watch by Rembrandt. Most of these pieces I’ve only seen in my textbooks. Finally getting to see them in person was a surreal experience. I’m an art major, Graphic Design so art is very important to me. Art is apart of our culture. Long before we could take photographs, we painted. They were a way of…

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Franz Hals Museum

When Sander asked if I had wanted to first visit the Frans Hals Museum, I jumped at the chance. A majority of the museum focuses on its namesake, Frans Hals but other pieces are included as well. The tour began with a video detailing some of the history behind the painter. Hals was active during the Golden Age of the Netherlands, the 1700s, and was based in Haarlem. Hals was extremely detailed oriented and much of the film confirmed this. His…

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