The art of war: 2 Franciszka Themerson

In “The Art of War”, I put a work of art that has to do with the Second World War in the spotlight. The works I select may be propaganda pieces, antiwar works, or deal more objectively with the war and its aftermath. This week, Polish avant-garde artist Franciszka Themerson’s Soldiers Marching on a Beach and Struggling Figures in a Landscape (both 1946), which I saw at Tate Modern recently.

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Re:member: Godwin’s law, the Internet meme promoting Holocaust remembrance

For the past few days, the news here in the Netherlands has been dominated by the publication of the Dutch edition of the Nashville statement. This document, which was originally drawn up by radical Christian organisations in the US in 2017, protests against gay marriage, … Continue reading Re:member: Godwin’s law, the Internet meme promoting Holocaust remembrance

Re:view: “Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me” by Marianne Thamm

I recently finished reading the Dutch translation of Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me (2016) by the South African journalist Marianne Thamm. The Dutch title doesn’t namedrop these famous figures; instead, it translates to “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being”, which, let’s be real, would make a really … Continue reading Re:view: “Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me” by Marianne Thamm