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Inge Aanstoot – Small Change, Little Changes

Dutch painter Inge Aanstoot, has been very busy over the last two years. For the Rotterdam Museum, in 2020, she made a mural for the exhibition, Lions on the Coolsingel. In 2020 she also worked under the name, Marie Pop, with photographer Anique Weve. Marie Pop work was on display this summer at the ART Rotterdam fair.

At the end of July, Inge opened an exhibition of 15 paintings at the Amsterdam gallery, Vriend van Bavink. The paintings are large and small and in typical Inge style, expressive, figurative and symbolic. In this series, Inge investigates both well-known and unknown key figures in history: kings, emperors, scientists, inventors, male and female. These people made a difference in the past and they all look you right in the face. Inge is not shy to appear in her own paintings. In this series, you will also see her in some of her works. In Small Change, Little Changes, she wears a pink dress she seems to have borrowed from the French queen, Marie Antoinette. It is the icing on the cake, a painting full of symbolism and reflection. Usually, birds and flowers are not easy to paint without the risk of reducing them to decoration or symbolic elements. Not with Inge. In Temperance Is Wickedness V: Headspace, you feel as if you are in a jungle, enshrouded by flower arrangements. In The Avian Reptilian Complex, forty birds form a stilled image in which every detail is captured. However, when looking at the painting you feel an urge to say to those birds: “Oh please sit still so Mrs. Aanstoot can start painting you quietly.”

Until September 4th, in the Vriend van Bavink gallery, Geldersekade 34, Amsterdam.

Wall Food

Getting your food delivered out of a wall, has its charm. All those little pigeonholes in the wall, surrounded by neon lights, logos, and photos of the meals and products. There is something hasty about it. People walk straight to the wall with a concentrated look in their eyes. Most of the time they already have the exact change in their pockets. They resolutely throw a few coins “in the wall” and eat the snacks while standing, either inside or out, before they go on living everyday life. Boanna Pieterse searched walls for delicious food and here are her tips.

Schiphol Plaza is usually packed with people looking for trains, taxis or airport check-in points. But on the plaza you will also find, the Health Food Wall, a beautiful lined food wall with a luxurious look. The white illuminated pigeonholes offer a variety of fresh vegetarian and vegan products. Here is a selection from the product range: freshly-made salads, carrot juice, ginger shots, tahini brownies or carrot cake. Everything is well packed and comes with cutlery. So it is 100% on-the-go proof.
Schiphol Plaza, Schiphol

The Kriterion Student Petrol Station is situated on Zeeburgereiland and is fully operated by students. It is very close to the tram stop and close to the Amsterdam ring road exits. It is a regular fuel station, but the shop is hipper than what we know from petrol stations. There is a barista bar, they sell eco-friendly products, health food and healthy drinks. Plus, there is a wall offering meat, cheese, and vegetarian snacks.
Kriterion Studentenpomp, IJburglaan 11, Amsterdam

FEBO is well-known for its wall, offering traditional Dutch snacks like fries, meat croquettes and “frikandel”. Nowadays the FEBO pigeonholes also offer a vega croquette made of wheat fibre. It is lighter than the meat croquette, with a nice, warm, solid structure. It tastes perfect with a bit of mustard.
FEBO, everywhere in The Netherlands

Dutch Courage is a cocktail bar in the old sailors’ neighbourhood of Amsterdam, near the Zeedijk. The photos on their website suggest something fancy, but it is a classic Dutch brown café. Dutch Courage’s specialisation is Dutch gin, called Jenever. One hundred and fifty different types of bottled Jenever are on the shelves behind the bar. Dutch Courage refers to the drinks the Dutch soldiers wanted to have just before they went into battle with the English during the Eighty Years’ War. So what is the secret weapon of a place with such history? The Jenever Wall, situated beside the bar. This wall was specially made for Dutch Courage, to refrigerate sets of Jenever and beer bottles. Out of the little pigeonholes you can get a so-called Kopstootje, a cocktail made of Jenever and beer. Dutch Courage is a great little Amsterdam bar with a unique wall.
Dutch Courage, Zeedijk 12, Amsterdam

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