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Inspiring movement: Piet Mondrian, painting and migration

Piet Mondrian is a celebrated Dutch artist, a pioneer of 20th century abstract art who lived in the Netherlands, Paris, London and New York. This blog will look at the life of Piet Mondrian with a special focus on his migration and his artworks.

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From coffee, tea and tobacco to UNESCO: Rotterdam’s Van Nelle Factory

The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam grew from a small firm selling coffee, tea and tobacco, to a large factory of steel and glass, the first daylight factory in Europe.

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An international news medium – the European dissemination of 17th century Dutch Newspapers

The Dutch Republic was not the first country where newspapers were published. But in Amsterdam the conditions for the gathering and publishing of news appeared to be much better than in other places. Why?

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Catchpenny prints in The Netherlands

What did the people in the lower orders of society and children read in the 18th and 19th centuries? In the Netherlands, their main reading material was catchpenny prints.

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Philips: illuminating the world from Eindhoven

Learn how two Dutch brothers who wanted to make a lightbulb factory started the multinational concern.

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The Flying Dutchmen: 100 years of KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines celebrates its 100th anniversary on 7 October. To honour this jubilees, this blog explores the cultural heritage of KLM found on Europeana. Come fly with us to discover stories and pictures from aviation history.

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Marie Jeanette de Lange and the Dutch reform dress movement

This painting from 1900 by Dutch artist Jan Toorop employs a ‘modern’, pointillist technique to depict a genuinely modern woman: Marie Jeanette de Lange.

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The Watersnoodramp: the Dutch battle against water in moving image

It is 66 years ago to the day that the Netherlands was hit by a big natural disaster, the North Sea flood (“Watersnoodramp”). In the early morning of 1st February 1953, the dykes broke through due to a heavy storm and high tide and water flooded large parts of the South-West provinces. Over 1800 people […]

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Pizza: a slice of migration history

Pizza – possibly one of the most popular, tasty and simple things you can have for dinner tonight. But behind its simplicity lies a much more complex history – this is the tale of the Margherita’s migration.

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A tale of Spanish migration and creating a home abroad

During the 1970s, Spanish gastarbeiders made up some 35,000 of the workforce in the Netherlands. We spoke to one such person who migrated, Balbino Cuervo, on his journey through Europe for love and work, and his story of creating a home and community away from his native Spain.  Born in Oviedo, Asturias in 1948, Balbino […]

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Love across borders: the architects of the Peace Palace

We have recently begun collecting personal stories from people all across Europe relating to migration. Our new short blog series, Love across borders, is inspired by collections discovered during this project, with stories of romance and love related to migration. Read on to see how new connections and relationships would not have been possible without […]

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Silver cups and their stories: connections across Europe

During our campaigns like Europeana Migration and Europeana 1914-1918, we bring a digital perspective to our Collection Days with partner institutions all over Europe. During these days, we collect, digitise and preserve the stories and objects of the European people. This is a distinct approach, compared to how objects usually are found in our online […]

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Small-screen smiles for World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

It’s UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage today, a day to highlight the importance of preserving both sound and video heritage material. So, here are three picks from our biggest audiovisual partner, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, that exemplify just that, and what’s more, will hopefully bring a smile to your face. Camping at […]

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The Mauritshuis arrives in Europeana

Today we welcome the wonderful collections of the Mauritshuis into Europeana, published in high-resolution and released freely into the public domain for the first time. Portrait of a Woman from Southern Germany, 1520-25. Formerly attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. Mauritshuis. Public Domain The Mauritshuis is famous for its unique collection of paintings by Dutch and […]

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Art Up Your Tab now available for Firefox

In April, we announced that Art Up Your Tab was available as an extension for the Chrome internet browser. Now, we’re pleased to say it’s also available for Firefox users. The plug-in displays a full-screen painting or photograph from a frequently refreshed pool of carefully selected images from Europeana for each newly opened tab or window. The […]

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Art Up Your Tab: heritage in your browser

Art Up Your Tab with curated artworks from the inspiring collection of Europeana! Most people will see just a blank screen when they open a new tab or window in their browser. This could be much more interesting! That’s why Kennisland, Studio Parkers and Sara Kolster have developed a plug-in for the Chrome browser that shows you enticing, […]

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