Freed from the need to be working the land due to the improvements in agriculture, people in the Low Countries began congregating in urban centres. For the first time, they were able to put their fingers onto the scales of power.
The Bozar Museum in Brussels is presenting a retrospective of the work of Roger Raveel. This major, radical and non-conformist painter would have turned 100 in 2021.
Abraham Ortelius’ map, inspired by Thomas More’s book, is dotted with amusing place names that suggest the whole thing was a joke.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Maria Barnas. We translated her poem ‘Het is mogelijk’.
Four leading Dutch historians call for insights from the past to be used to defeat today's pandemic.
The young Flemish artist is fascinated by what happens when natural and artificial objects meet, merge or exchange places.
Our selection of Dutch-language books that have recently been translated into English.
At the end of the first millennium, an agricultural revolution was about to change the lives of the peasants in the Low Countries.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Jens Meijen. We translated his poem ‘Luxe’.
Pelumi Adejumo gives a voice to a collar from 1689 bearing the coat of arms of William of Orange.
The Netherlands and Belgium lead the way in terms of granting equal rights to transgender citizens in Europe. But the daily struggle against discrimination continues.
After the collapse of Charlemagne's empire at the end of the 9th century, the lowlands became the playground for many family feuds.
Flemish artist Thomas Renwart creates contemporary tapestries resembling botanical gardens.
Marie Borremans wrote a poem inspired by a letter from Pieter Mortamer, commander in Luanda, addressed to Johan Maurits, the then governor-general of Dutch Brazil.
Dutch artist Vincent de Boer made an animation video for the British jazz band Ill Considered.
Huib Billiet Adriaansen wrote an exciting book about the shared history of Cuba and Belgium since the early sixteenth century.
Back in the 1960s, the Germans had their VWs, the Italians their Fiat 500s, the French the Citroën 2CVs, and the Dutch? A sensible car called the DAF.
In 'Meral', author Froukje Santing subtly unravels the entanglements of a Dutch-Turkish family.
The prize is the most prestigious literary award in the Dutch language area and includes a sum of 40,000 euros.
Hugo de Groot, better known as Grotius, will always be regarded as 'the father of international law'. To many, the Dutch is a visionary thinker, in politics as well as in religion, to others a utopian; his learning never disputed, his passionate conviction invariably.
Chris Lomans gives a voice to machetes from the early 19th century that were intended for sugar cane plantations.
The young Dutch sculptor reimagines what seems so common and known to us.
After having stood empty for 22 years, the Antwerp Stock Exchange building or the Handelsbeurs, opened to the public again.
In recent years, there has been renewed interest in Great Britain in 'Reynard the Fox', a masterpiece of medieval Dutch literature.
In her masterful novel 'Your Story, My Story' Dutch author Connie Palmen gives Ted Hughes a voice.
Between the two world wars, a strange kind of snobbery arose among the Colombian elite: the siren call of distant Brussels.
Ellis Meeusen took inspiration from the 1863 law, drawn up by King Willem III, that set out the Netherlands’ official abolition of slavery in Suriname.
Bart Decroos wrote a short story inspired by a 1708 drawing by Dirk Valkenburg, entitled ‘View of a Mill and Cook-house on a Plantation in Surinam’.
Our selection of recent university press publications in English on the Low Countries.
The architect of the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Central Station made an active contribution to the emancipation of the Catholic church in the Netherlands.
Linguist Fieke Van der Gucht attempts to disentangle the issue.
The Dutch artist is not afraid to unravel the loose threads that constitute the fabric of society.
Babeth Fonchie wrote a poem inspired by old wooden stocks and matching iron shackles.