Having recovered somewhat from his jet lag (is that Jet Laag in den Haag? Nee, is jetlag) Pawn has set about the city with a bit more purpose, but somewhat less resolve.
This reminds Pawn of a post his old buddy Dave Malekar wrote some years back, over at 100 Word Rant:
Read CautiouslyYou know whatâ€™s stupid? The phrase â€œdrink responsiblyâ€ is stupid. You know why? Of course you do. Itâ€™s stupid because the whole entire point of drinking is to escape responsibility. Like anything else, drinking should be engaged in with unflinching dedication and a wholehearted commitment to getting this damn thing done right. By â€œrightâ€ I mean waking up with teeth that taste like tiny ashtrays and a vague awareness that at some point in the recent past you have done something absolutely unforgivable. Drink responsibly? Then what – nap resolutely? It could probably be done, but what would be the point?
In Dutch, they are referred to as â€˜de zussen van de slijterâ€™, the liquor store sisters. Aida (22) and Hoda (29) Shojaee are from The Hague. Aida has a management assistant diploma and was trained as a dancer. Hoda studied international business. Together, these strong young women run the trendy Angel liquor store in the heart of the city.
These two women demonstrate an approach and enthusiasm that simply brims with energy. This is even reflected in their opening hours. The store is open no less than seven days a week (six days until 11pm). And it is open even on official holidays, something you donâ€™t see very often.
I ended up shopping at the far more prosaic Gall & Gall, just down Zoutmanstraat from here.
You get the idea.Â But wait, thereâ€™s more.Â The subject is so huge that it spilled into the neighboring Fotomuseum, for the sister exhibition,Â 1-2-3-4, where there were mostly portfolio of the different musicians heâ€™d worked with, such as:
It bears noting that the catalogues from these exhibits ar extraordinarily well made, with thick pages and exquisite printing.Â No, I did not buy them (to haul home) but likely will (once I get back there).Â The two volumes, together, weigh about as much as my luggage for this trip. 🙂
Lest you think I saw nothing but Corbijn, here’s some other treasures along the way.Â In Gemeente Museum is a stunning gallery full of Francis Bacon’s work, the center of which is occupied by a humongous carousel:
GEM, the modern art museum, currently features and expansive exhibition of Charles Avery’s work, entitled What’s The Matter With Idealism?:
Finally, there’s the gift shops.Â At Gemeente Museum I grabbed a copy of strippinggirls, a joint effort between Marlene Dumas and Anton Corbijn, in which they went to the strip clubs of Amsterdam, met the performers, and produced both paintings (Dumas) and photographs (Corbijn) of them:
And lastly, an assortment of postcards from both Gemeente Museum and Fotomuseum, including these two gems:
But now that I’m back at the hotel, having thoroughly enjoyed my outing, my resolve to do any more is shattered, as my feet are all pain and strain.Â No more long treks today.Â Perhaps a quick outing to a cafe along Zoutmanstraat for dinner, and then reading in the room, while letting these tired dogs relax a bit.
PS – It’s come to my attention that CNN has a pretty good story up about these shows.