Discover Benelux, Issue 37, January 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Brabant  |  The Perfect Winter Break Tower of St. John’s Cathedral.

Kasteel Bouvigne Breda.

An artistic legacy He is one of the most famous artists in the world, but did you know that Brabant is where Vincent Van Gogh called home? The artist was born and grew up in the town of Zundert, and lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885. It was during this period that he produced his first masterpiece, The Potato Eaters. Art aficionados must not miss out on a visit to this small village, where you can visit more than 20 different locations all with a story linked to Van Gogh.The Noordbrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch houses original works by Van Gogh in The Story of Brabant, which is devoted to the artist and his Brabant period. Recently acquired by the museum was Van Gogh’s exceptional 1885 watercolour, The garden of the vicarage at Nuenen, which will be on display until 19 March. Another great Brabant master is of course Hieronymus Bosch, who was born and

bred in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Be sure to visit the Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre, which explores the life, ideas and works of the 15th-century artist, who was famed for his curious depictions of medieval life. And be quick to catch the Under the Spell of Bosch exhibition at the Noordbrabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch, which will run until 29 January. Bringing together the work of four generations of artists inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, the exhibition is the last in a series of special events organised by the Noordbrabants Museum in honour of last year’s Hieronymus Bosch 500 national event year marking 500 years since Bosch’s death.

Mondrian to Dutch Design This year honours 100 years since the Dutch art movement De Stijl was founded. To celebrate its centenary, an array of special events and exhibitions will be taking place throughout the country. Look out for various festivals and events

in the province of Brabant, with museums in cities including ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Tilburg and Helmond holding exhibitions inspired by Dutch design. There will also be design tours, giving you the chance to meet designers and see inside their studios. De Stijl (which translates as ‘The Style’) has its roots in the southern city of Leiden, with the foundation of De Stijl magazine by Theo van Doesburg. The publication advocated the theories of artists such as the painter Piet Mondrian, famed for his abstract art and grid-based paintings. De Stijl’s impact extends to realms including architecture and fashion, and the movement continues to influence Dutch designers today.

Natural beauty As well as being home to some of man’s most beautiful works of art, rural Brabant is also a place of astonishing natural Issue 37  |  January 2017  |  27