Ivar Hagendoorn

Ivar Hagendoorn

· Blog | Non-Fiction | Art

Hans Belting: Face and Mask. A Double History

In "Face and Mask. A Double History" Hans Belting provides a detailed exploration of the historical and cultural significance of faces and masks. Through an analysis of the relationship between these two concepts, Belting presents a novel conceptual framework for rethinking the history of art.
· Blog | Film

Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave is a sophisticated, exquisitely crafted and beautifully stylized contemporary film noir. It masterfully plays with the viewer’s expectations and left me dazed and wanting to see the entire film again.
· Blog | Fashion

Kimono at the Musée du Quai Branly

A wonderful and colourful exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris celebrates the kimono in all its glory. The exhibition doubles as an exhibition of Japanese art and design and includes some amazing woodblock prints.
· Blog | Art

Musée de Cluny

In 2022 the Musée de Cluny in Paris, also known as the National Museum of the Middle Ages, reopened after a decade-long renovation project. The result is pretty amazing. The architecture alone is worth a visit.
· Blog | Further Reading

Further Reading

Diffusion models. The decline in disruptive science. Gamifying behavioural experiments. Combining reinforcement learning and LLM. Unlucky numbers. Matisse. Theaster Gates. Hans Belting. And more.
· Blog | Art

Centre Pompidou

By coincidence I have visited the Centre Pompidou three times in the past year and I realized once again what an amazing museum it is.
· Blog | Film


I finally came around to watching Arrival. It's a visually stunning, intelligent and thought-provoking film. I also found it very moving, already right from the beginning.
· Blog | Art

Boris Mikhailov: Ukrainian Diary

Boris Mikhailov: Ukrainian Diary is the biggest retrospective of Mikhailov's work to date and includes some 800 photographs, ranging from experimental and conceptual work to documentary photography.