• laurienversteegh wrote on Instagram

    laurienversteegh wrote on Instagram: The “ABC Handelsblad” dated Saturday 19th of June 2021, is the latest edition to the “future front pages project “. Made by @bikkelartist who responded to my #callforartists . Bikkel was born in Curaçao but lives in The Netherlands now. She wrote to me that for her the Corona crisis started in Lecce, southern Italy. She was there to exhibit one of her glass sculptures. Getting back home was challenging as the lockdown had started in Italy. After returning to The Netherlands she got sick, though not Corona related. During her recovery she was productive art wise: she painted and designed a new series of glass sculptures. She noticed that her art pieces turned out cheerful and full of color. Her front page is positive too: she hopes for a better future. It is a shame the “ABC Handelsblad” only has one edition: otherwise I would definitely take a subscription! #coronaart

  • Article at Nieuwsbrief 15-06-2020, by Josée Claassen, art historian.

    Article at Nieuwsbrief 15-06-2020, by Josée Claassen, art historian.



    Bikkel, member of the society and passionate artist, is the reason for this art talk this week. Blue is Bikkel's favorite color and she also likes water. The latter can be seen in the way she exhibits her own works of art in the image above: on the beach near the sea. To make glass art you need water to cool with, that is a second reference to water and the space where Bikkel exhibited in her work was called Kunst aan de Kade. (Art on the Quay)

    Bikkel is not the only artist who loves blue. The most famous is of course Yves Klein (1928-1961). He used a deep blue color that he captured as the I.K.B., the International Klein Blue. The most famous exhibition, Le Vide, was held in 1958 at the Iris Clerts gallery in Paris. It was an elaborate mise-en-scene: the windows of the gallery were painted blue and a blue fabric vault was installed in front of the entrance. The gallery itself was completely empty, while Klein painted the walls white. Before that, he locked himself in the gallery for 48 hours. During the opening, guests were given a blue drink, which turned their urine blue. Their body was, as it were, completely fertilized, saturated with blue, says Klein.
    Yves Klein mixed for his I.K.B. ultramarine with a special fixative and applied it everywhere. Here we see his 1961 Blue Monochrome located at the MOMA in New York. It was restored not so long ago.

    This is often quite a challenge with modern visual art, because every visual artist has his own way of applying a primer, mixing paint and whether or not applying a varnish layer. For example, during the restoration of this work, the restorer used fragments of the blue paint that was on the back of the canvas to get the right color. That kind of "skin graft" was the only way to find the exact same color for front recovery.

    Dutch artist Klaas Gubbels (1934) is also fond of blue. We know him from the coffee pots and chairs, which he designs in all kinds of materials and colors. In the Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem you can see this small screen print from 2000, in which Gubbels combines both image elements: the chair that tells its own small story, invites other chairs, disguises itself as a coffee pot and gets human traits. A festive chair dance in the waiting room of the hospital. One of the former directors of this hospital, Leon van Eijk, started his career as a sculptor. His love for art can be seen all over the hospital, a joy for patients in this harsh Corona era.

    The young Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) painted a lot in blue after the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas for about three years. This 1903 painting is entitled The Tragedy. The work is on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The tragedy that has unfolded remains unclear, but it is an evidently sad subject, as is the case with most of his other paintings from his blue period. Picasso was not rich then. Technical research showed that he previously painted at least four other scenes on this canvas, probably because he could not afford a new canvas.

    In this week's music, Bikkel's two loves come together: the color blue and water. Gustav Holst echoed the blue planet Neptune, named after the god of water, of the sea. In the music you hear the planet, which is furthest from the sun and not visible to the naked eye, looming in the distance and then suddenly there are enchanting female voices. Their distant almost extraterrestrial sounds are directed in the score by Holst: the women must be placed in a place that is invisible to the public. The piece of music lasts over 7 minutes. Have fun listening and see you next week.
    The blue planet: https://youtu.be/v4wuV14QlNM.

    Josée Claassen

  • Publication Jubileum Concert of CKM at ONDERWEG.

    flyer choir CKM, jubileum concert, designed by Bikkel Artist.


  • Groot Vlaardingen

    Editor Peter Spek published today, January 29th, 2020, lovely article and idem picture in best readed newspaper "Groot Vlaardingen", page 15: "Art of Painting at new Bikkelmuseum". I am greatful with a big smile and warm feeling heart. Thanks, dear Peter!



  • WECONTEMPORARY Musa Int art space catalogue

    Catalogue about Participation Bikkel Artist at Topicuv Salon, Prague, December 5-7, 2019, page 83.


  • Bikkel glass art at "Kunstenaars Jaarboek 2020"

    Bikkel glass art at "Kunstenaars Jaarboek 2020". Page 33.

  • NVVH-vrouwennetwerk

    Maandbericht NVVH-vrouwennetwerk - sep 2019 - page 14

  • Rvaer'm

    Lifestylemagazine Maassluis Rvaer'm - 7th edition - aug 2019 - page 30

  • Maassluise Courant/ De Schakel

    sublime article Maassluise Courant dd 18 07 2019      

  • Prize to Bikkel Artist

    2019. Prize Bikkel - Artist of the year 2019 - by Russo

  • certificate to Bikkel Artist

    certificate to Bikkel Artist about participation Group exhibition WAG NL at Museum Maassluis


    Newspaper announcement "WAG in Dutch Light" and "Bikkel's Glass" at KUNSTKRANT nov/dec 2018. newspaper for visual art. Page 67.

  • Groot Vlaardingen

    "peace more then the absent of war". Newspaper article at Groot Vlaardingen. Text and photo by Frans Assenberg. Page 25. dd Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

  • Bikkel exposeert met glas in de groepsexpositie “Glass 4 Ever” in het Gorcums Museum

    21 oktober 2017 t/m 18 maart 2018. www.gorcumsmuseum.nl ....Andere deelnemende kunstenaars zijn onder meer Gabriëlle van de Laak, Josja Caecilia Schepman, Caroline Prisse, Mieke Groot, Klaas Gubbels, Paul Funcken, Ans Bakker, Gert Bullée, Bikkel, Rachel Daeng Ngalle, Albert Hendriks, Wouter Bolangier, Yvon Trossèl, Nataliya Vladichko, Sebastiaan Coppens, Krista Israel, Klaas Gubbels, Marta Klonowska en Marinke van Zandwijk.



  • Groot Vlaardingen

    page 5. "Gold for Bikkel" Gouden medaille voor Bikkel en Eugenie Herlaar Vlaardingse kunstenaar Bikkel en Eugenie Herlaar uit Heerhugowaard hebben beiden een gouden medaille gekregen tijdens de 4e World Art Games (WAG) in Slavonski Brod, Kroatië. Bikkel kreeg de onderscheiding in de categorie "glas kunst”. Eugenie Herlaar in de categorie “poezie”. Bikkel toonde naast haar twee glasobjecten ook drie abstracte schilderijen welke tezamen 150x150cm groot waren. Eugenie Herlaar gaf, naast het tonen van twee schilderijen, ook en workshop “hoe schrijf ik een gedicht?”. De WAG zijn een jaarlijks treffen van kunstenaars uit de hele wereld. In totaal waren er acht kunstdisciplines waaronder ook theater en muziek. "Ik heb enorm genoten van de ontmoeting van andere culturen, zoals die van Slavonski Brod. en de hernieuwde ontmoeting met mijn collega WAG vrienden, die ik in de loop van zeven jaar met regelmaat weerzie in de diverse georganiseerde WAG ontmoetingen ergens in de wereld", aldus Bikkel Bikkel coördineert sinds een paar jaar het WAG Kinder Project waaraan dit jaar elf landen hebben deelgenomen. Dit jaar rond de thema's natuur, vrede en de beroemde dichteres Ivana Brlic Mazuranic. Bij de WAG gaat het niet om competitie, er is geen wedstrijd element. Maar er is een jury die in elke categorie degenen aanwijst die met hun bijdrage een bijzondere plaats hebben ingenomen. De Nederlandse delegatie bij de World Art Games bestond naast Bikkel uit dichteres Eugenie Herlaar en keramist Leon Strous. Met twee onderscheidingen kwam de Nederlandse delegatie rijk beloond terug in hun vaderland. Hulde.

  • Press article at GROOT VLAARDINGEN

    Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. "Prize for Bikkel at NY".

  • Bikkel Artist GLASS in PLUS Magazine

    Magazine PLUS has posted two photo's of my glasses, which are exhibited at Gorcum's Museum till March 18th 2018 I am very happy with that! Thnx editors! Het tijdschrift Plus Magazine is een uitgave van Senior Publications Nederland. Het maandblad verschijnt in Nederland en België en is bedoeld voor lezers van middelbare leeftijd. Met een oplaag van 300.000 exemplaren per maand is Plus Magazine één van grootste publiekstijdschriften van Nederland.

  • Bikkel Translate emotion into her work

    newspaper: "De Stad Gorinchem" dd 6 feb 2018. Rubric Gorcums Museum Fred Mertens The Glass4ever exhibition can be seen in the Gorcums Museum. This exhibition of extremes shows how glass is applied in contemporary art. One of the participating artists is Bikkel who exhibits work that she made especially for this exhibition. Her source of inspiration was the murder of the Gorcum martyrs. Bikkel was born on Curaçao and came to the Netherlands as a 17-year-old. When her first child was born, she wanted to paint his portrait with oil paint in order to keep it forever. Painting became her passion. She developed in such a way that she was asked to teach at a secondary school in Maassluis. First as a teacher, later as a teacher of the then new course CKV, Cultural Artistic Education, a broad cultural package. Bikkel thought it was a huge challenge. "I loved that they asked me to do this because it is a very broad subject that also includes music and theater". Immediately after my appointment as a teacher I started studying at the Willem de Kooning Academy and what I learned there I could pass on to my students. I had a great time there. " In all the work of Bikkel her roots are present. In glass by processing chicken wire as a metaphor for her homesickness to Curaçao where she was born and (when she is in Curaçao) for her homesickness to the Netherlands where her children live. Why did Bikkel start working with glass? 'Of the four elements, water, earth, air and fire, water is most important to me. I was looking for a material with which I could best represent that and that is glass. It is transparent and I can work three-dimensionally with it. I went looking for a glass workshop and was allowed to work at the Van Tetterode Glass Studio in Amsterdam. Besides water that for me is the imagination of my birthplace, heim (home) and woe (pain) play a big part in my life. Together they form my world. The mesh that I use in my glassart or is part of my paintings is transparent. It is not a boundary, more a dividing line between my two worlds that are both great and that I love a lot. I try to translate my emotion into my work.' When Bikkel was approached for the Glass4Ever exhibition, she immersed herself in the history of Gorcum. 'I was raised as a Catholic and because of that I was very moved by the story of the Gorcum martyrs. Because I only want to show new work for an exhibition, I decided to make two installations as a metaphor for this historical event, where for me the suffering of the martyrs symbolizes hope as part of the feeling of faith, hope and love . " The first installation can be seen in this exhibition in Gorkum. The second will soon be exhibited at the Pilgrimage Church H.H. Martyrs of Gorcum in Brielle. Information about Bikkel's work can be found at www.bikkelartist.com. Photo Fred Mertens

  • Maassluise Courant - De Schakel


  • Maassluise Courant - De Schakel

    Bikkel Artist awarded to Artist of the Month (April 2018) by KUM, NL.

  • Maassluise Courant/De Schakel

    #Schakel #Maassluis #BikkelArtist #Bikkel #douanehuisje Press article at Maassluise Courant/De Schakel. dd June 7th, 2018. Page 13. About my solo exhibition at The Douanehuisje, Maassluis.I am really very happy with this beautiful press article and photo of one of my represented glass art pieces