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Vrije Academie has officially settled in het Cromhouthuis, a monumental canal house on the Herengracht in Amsterdam! Every month, we provide an interesting lunch lecture in English. We offer various topics: from art history, to fashion, photography, architecture, and philosophy: all will be included! The lectures take place in the beautiful Jacob de Witzaal and can be booked as seperate classes. When will you visit? Pick your favorite topic from the following dates:
March 1 - Arianne Deligianis: John William Waterhouse About the 19th century British painter John William Waterhouse and the enchanting and seductive women that he painted. Drawing inspiration from mythology, fairy tales and poetry, Waterhouse manages like no other to draw the viewer into his colourful compositions full of stories and symbolism.
March 29 - Oene Dijk: Pier Paolo Pasolini In 1922 it has been a hundred years since the cinematographer, poet, author, rebel Pier Paolo Pasolini was born in Bologna. After a creative and turbulent and productive life, all-rounder and provocateur Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Follow the story of a born storyteller, in word and image.
April 26 - Arianne Deligianis: Florence: home of the Renaissance About Florence, a wealthy and critical republic that grew to be the most important city of the 15th century in Europe by using trade, industry and money transfer. Get to know the greatest artists who have ever lived and worked here, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Giotto.
May 24 - Mariska Doesburg: Van Gogh & his olive groves Together for the first time: the fifteen paintings that Vincent van Gogh made of olive groves in the south of France. In the lecture you will hear about the meaning the olive tree had for Van Gogh and what purpose he had in mind when he was painting this unique series.
June 21 - Arianne Deligianis: The language of flowers For centuries, people have been using flowers to relay a certain message. Even in art, flowers played a crucial role and had specific symbolic meanings that enriched a story. Travel through different centuries and art historical styles and learn about the secret language of flowers in art. During this lecture you will see work from many famous artists like for example Jan van Eyck, Sandro Botticelli, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Georgia O' Keefe.
July 19 - Oene Dijk: Pritzker Prize 2022 The Pritzker Prize is considered the Nobel Prize for architecture. Which architects or architects will win this prestigious prize in 2022? Will the Dutch prize winner Rem Koolhaas, get a compatriot as his successor?
August 16 - TBD
September 13 - TBD
October 11 - TBD
November 8 - TBD
December 12 - TBD
We also provide a weekly lunch lecture in Dutch on Thursdays.
De Vrije Academie is voor iedereen met interesse in kunst, cultuur, architectuur, geschiedenis en filosofie.
Wij werken met de beste docenten en experts. Zo garanderen we onderwijs op niveau waar u jaren plezier van heeft.
We zijn een landelijk educatief instituut. De kans is groot dat we ook activiteiten bij u in de buurt organiseren.