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Discover Benelux  |  Amsterdam City Centre  |  The Ultimate Summer Destination

See the world in colour When visiting Amsterdam this summer, take the opportunity to check out vibrant colour photography from before 1918, now showing at the Allard Pierson Museum. The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeology museum of the University of Amsterdam. Here, in the heart of the city centre, ancient civilisations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria and the Roman Empire come to life. This summer, visitors have the opportunity to check out the vibrant exhibition The World in Colour: Colour Photography before 1918. According to museum director Wim Hupperetz, “photography is very appealing to people, and this is a mix of a cultural and historical collection in collaboration with a network of museums, highlighting early colour photography.” When colour photography became available, French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn hired photographers to capture the world in colour pictures. His project Les Archives de la Planète, started in 1908, was born from an idea of mutual respect and world peace that is in

stark contrast to the horrors of World War I that began a few years later. “Kahn was ahead of his time and quite idealistic,” says Hupperetz, and continues: “his archive is still very much current and raises questions that we also need to discuss in our times, such as cultural diversity. Not many people know that colour photography existed this early on and for many visitors, the exhibition will be an eye-opener.” As of June, the Allard Pierson Museum exhibits a selection of Kahn’s treasures. Also on view are colour photos by Sergey ProkudinGorsky from Russia and Dutch photographers such as Bernard Eilers and Jacob Olie, Jr. This Alphonse Burdet. Photo: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

TEXT: MALIN NORMAN

is the first exhibition in the Netherlands displaying these historical, colourful and often poignant pictures from a hundred years ago. The World in Colour: Colour Photography before 1918 is open until January 2019. Opening hours: Tue–Fri 10 am–5 pm Sat–Sun 1–5 pm

Web: www.allardpiersonmuseum.nl

Stéphane Passet, 1913. Photo: Collection Archives de la Planète - Musée Albert-Kahn/ Département des Hauts-de-Seine

An oasis of peace and tranquillity in central Amsterdam TEXT: LORENZA BACINO  |  PHOTOS: GOLDEN TEMPLE

Just a stone’s throw from the hubbub of central Rembrandtplein lies one of Amsterdam’s oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurants. With its 30-year history, Golden Temple named after the Sikh temple in Amritsar, North India - prides itself on promoting unity of body and mind, not just through its dishes, but also through meditation and yoga lessons that are on offer in the space above the dining area. All dishes are vegetarian and there is a generous selection of vegan options. Some new additions to the menu include a vegetarian tikka masala served with vegetables and tofu, Japanese vegetable skewers, some new pizza ideas and a couple of Mexican dishes. All the old favourites are still on offer too. As for drinks, there is a wide selection of Indian, Japanese and Dutch beers as well as organic Spanish and French wines. 26  |  Issue 55  |  July 2018

Do not forget to cast your eyes over the colourful wall art. Amsterdam artist Marileen Arbouw spent two years painstakingly decorating the interior, with free-flowing ideas and much patience. Golden Temple can seat about 65-70 guests on two levels in a super relaxing atmosphere. For example, you will find comfy Arabic-style sofas on the upper-floor lounge area. The owners are very open to your per-

sonal preferences too. On Fridays, there is live music, and be sure to check the website for yoga and meditation classes. Opening hours: 5pm-10pm every night

Web: www.restaurantgoldentemple.com

Discover Benelux, Issue 55, July 2018  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux, Issue 55, July 2018  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.