The Netherlands has a worldwide first. For the first time in history, a so-called gallery of honour has been compiled for photography. Ninety-nine photos together tell the story of the development of photography in the Netherlands, going back to the year 1842.

Text: Fleur de Jong
Image: MENDO | Nederlands Fotomuseum

A missing image

The Gallery of Honour is on show in the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. The images and accompanying stories make visitors look at the world with different eyes. Each photo is accompanied by information about the background and the reason why it deserves a prominent place in the gallery. The 99 photographs translate the development of photography; it shows highlights, but also innovations and steps that the photographers made. All the photographs have one thing in common: their connection with the Netherlands.

An extra exhibition hall has been added to the Nederlands Fotomuseum to accommodate the exhibition. Each photo is displayed in its own format, from small and black-and-white to metres high and in colour. One image has been left open. The public is allowed to choose this image, and the photo that is chosen will complete the Gallery of Honour with a total of one hundred photos.

The Committee

A strict selection was made of the photos that deserved a place in the Gallery of Honour. This was determined by a committee consisting of five members: Frits Gierstberg (curator Nederlands Fotomuseum), Khalid Amakran (photographer), Mattie Boom (curator of photography Rijksmuseum), Loes van Harrevelt (curator of collections Nederlands Fotomuseum) and Kevin Osepa (photographer). The photos were selected by this committee on the basis of artistic and social relevance, innovation and polyphony.

Umi, Schoonhoven | Meryem Slimani

U2, Santa Cruz, Tenerife 1991 | Anton Corbijn

Gallery of Honour in book form

For those who prefer to look at the photos on the couch at home, or for those who want to browse through the photos after visiting the exhibition, there is good news: the Gallery of Honour is also available in book form.


Click here for more information about the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography.

With an impressive space of no less than 900 square metres, GASSAN introduced for the first time one of its newest pride during MASTERS VERNISSAGE at Hotel Okura Amsterdam: the brand TROPHY BY GASSAN. The new high-end brand from GASSAN creates exclusive jewellery of the highest quality, designed entirely to the customer's own taste, where the sky is the limit. Designed and created by the customer and GASSAN's experts. By legends, for legends.

Text: Fleur de Jong
Image: GASSAN | Video: Celeste Filius

Detailed perfection

Legends have one thing in common: the eagerness to win. Passion, ambition and commitment bring talents to their goal of being the best. Whether in (top) sport, the music industry or any other field, the journey to success is worth celebrating. TROPHY BY GASSAN translates the passion to be the best into iconic jewels. These jewels are a translation of that journey to success.

Personal trophy

From refined to striking and from modest to outspoken. The vision, boundless creativity and inspiration of the client combined with the expertise of GASSAN create an original and personal jewel. A performance full of passion and perfection and with an eye for detail. From customised engraving to inserted diamonds and from fine details to distinctive elaborations: anything is possible at TROPHY BY GASSAN. A vision becomes reality with the aim of creating a one of a kind piece of jewellery, like a personal trophy


Dustin Huisman is the brain behind TROPHY BY GASSAN. During MASTERS VERNISSAGE, MASTERS takes a look at the stand of the new brand.

GASSAN heritage

75 Years ago, GASSAN Diamonds was founded by Samuel Gassan, grandfather of current CEO Benno Leeser. In that three-quarter century, GASSAN has proven itself an expert in the field of the highest quality diamonds and the most beautiful jewels and luxury watches. Nowhere in the Netherlands will you find so many exclusive designs, top brands, craftsmanship and expertise in one place.

Service beyond expectations

TROPHY BY GASSAN stands for the highest quality standard and best service. A customized piece of jewellery comes in a black jewellery box containing an exclusive magnifying glass (including engraving with the customer's name) and black jewellery gloves with the customer's name in gold lettering. 

Follow TROPHY BY GASSAN on Instagram: @trophybygassan

Once a contestant in the Miss Universe pageant, she now uses her charms to entice exciting men into an interview for MASTERS. This time Irene van de Laar aims her darts at kickboxer Rico Verhoeven.

Text: Irene van de Laar | Online editor: Fleur de Jong
Image: Karoly Effenberger

Rico Verhoeven has been reigning kickboxing world champion since 2013. Rico is the showcase for the sport of kickboxing. Merciless in the ring, amiable outside the ring. In the meantime, he is also developing into a versatile entrepreneur. He recently created a job platform called I meet Rico at Superpro Sportcentre in Zevenbergen, the kickboxing centre of his coach Dennis Krauweel, where Verhoeven can be found every day.

What role does Dennis play in your life?

"Basically, he is my trainer, but at other times he is also a father figure. He is a friend and also my mentor. He gives advice in difficult situations. We have been working together since 2006 and always arrive at a perfect gameplan. Above all, we have a relationship of trust. He protects me, but doesn't slow me down. Like me, he is always open to development."

Earlier this year, you launched the vacancy platform How did this initiative come about?

"Many people have been affected by the corona crisis and the resulting measures. Many lost their jobs. All those personal stories in emails and DMs on Instagram that I received touched me. It gave me the idea for this site with vacancies and training. Of course I can't help everyone individually, but I started talking to companies in my network and from there a snowball effect was born."

How does this platform distinguish itself?

"We let companies post vacancies free of charge as well as offer short training courses, for example in negotiation, PowerPoint or assertiveness. People can also take personality tests free of charge and find out where their interests lie. Many support measures will soon end and we expect the real blow in terms of unemployment to come. We started the site earlier to be one step ahead of the bad times. The ambition is to become and remain one of the top job sites, even after the crisis. No, I have no profit motive. Partners with whom I work 'donate' their time or services."

What is your target group?

"The website is aimed at everyone, in all sectors and at all levels of education. It is a concept that perhaps appeals to young people in particular, because we work a lot with social media. I have linked many well-known faces from my network to the platform, from Ronnie Flex to Nicolette Kluijver. With their fame and reach they are not influencers, but job influencers. With this initiative, I want to make the jobs that are available visible with the power of social media."

You have sometimes said 'I am a smart, strategic fighter'. Please explain.

"Fighting, kickboxing and the matches are the same as chess for me. Chess is continuous thinking, anticipation. When I do something, I immediately think of step a, b, c and d. I try to think of the consequences of an action. I try to do that in all of life. We are human, sometimes we make a choice and then the consequences are different from what you expected. You learn from that. That's a lesson and then you move on. It's the same in the ring. Trying to keep your emotions under control, not getting angry. Just thinking: now I'm doing this, now I'm doing that. That is literally what goes through my head in fractions of a second when I am in the ring.

To what extent do personal events play a role in the ring?

"Of course they affect me. With my match against Badr Hari in December 2019, they had a lot of impact, mainly on my mental state. Physically I was in top shape, but I was in the middle of a relationship crisis. Then too much happens on a personal level, which makes me unbalanced. We all think that it is important to be in shape physically, but if you are not there mentally, it won't work. That was a very important lesson for me. I think we learn from every situation every day. We stop learning when we die."

What is the shelf life for a top athlete of your calibre?

"I think I could easily go on until the age of 37. The question is whether I want to. I still like it for the time being. The moment it becomes a struggle and I start to resent it, I'd better stop. I don't do it for the money, I really enjoy being the very best. And that comes at a price. But money has never been my motivation. Sure, it's fun in life, but it's not the basis for what I do. If I can have a nice life and give my children everything, I am satisfied."


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With an aftermovie, we look back on MASTERS & WINE. After a turbulent time, MASTERS took to the skies on July 1 with the network event. A beautiful day where MASTERS met each other, networked and of course raised their glasses to the future.

Image: Pim Verlaat

Thanks to our partners:

Vinites, Smidtje Luxury Cruises, Brasserie Paardenburg, Loose Florals, Champagne Philipponnat, De L'Europe Amsterdam, Rederij Belle, The Caveman Grill, Nice to Meat, Cortador Andaluz, DJ Sheila Hill & MASTERS HQ.

During MASTERS VERNISSAGE,Debora Huisman-Leeser and David Bijlsma take you into the world of GASSAN. While enjoying a snack, a drink and live music they show the audience all the novelties in the field of jewellery and watches.


Text: Fleur de Jong
Image: Celeste Filius


Besides the brands we already know from GASSAN like: Al Coro, Breguet, Breitling, GASSAN Fine Jewelry by GiGi, Cartier, Choices by DL, Chopard, GASSAN 121, Longines, Messika, Ole Lynggaard, Omega, Pasquale Bruni, Schaffrath and Tudor, the new brands GASSAN pre-owned and TROPHY BY GASSAN made their debut at the MASTERS VERNISSAGE.

With his designs, Marcel Wanders (1963, Boxtel) builds bridges between past and future. White and black bridges, because in his work he also gives room to the darker sides of his existence. "The pain lies mainly in the fact that I don't decide: I'll never do this again," he tells MASTERS.

Text: Bart-Jan Brouwer | Online editing: Fleur de Jong

Twenty-five years ago, you made your breakthrough as a designer with the Knotted Chair, a chair knotted with strong rope and covered with a layer of epoxy. Taking that as your starting point, where are you now?

"I understand that the spectator takes that as his starting point, because that is the first time he sees me. I myself see it differently. For me, the starting point is the moment I decided I had a vision and wanted to believe in it."

Does such a vision change over the years?

"I have had a few moments in my life when I was confronted with this. Once, when I was clearing out my mother's house, I found all kinds of papers that I had written in the past - I really was a thinker who wrote down his thoughts. In preparation for my performance Pinned Up (2014) at the Stedelijk Museum, I also went back in time. My conclusion: nothing has changed, the foundations are still the same. Those are the points where your interests and thoughts are. In the course of time, you build up cones there: more information, more certainties, more evidence. These cones merge into each other and here and there a new point pops up. That is the model of development. It is not that there is another man now. The doubts, uncertainties and hunches of the past have not gone away. But I have thought about it, looked for evidence. That which interested me in the beginning has not really changed. However, over the years I have come to understand more about the content: oh wait, so this is how it is!

Knotted Chair (1996)

Cappellini New Antiques

"Mywork is a celebration of the relationship between me and the world.

You are moving into the future while looking in the rear-view mirror.

"I am not only interested in my daughter's life, but also in my mother's life. I want them to hold hands. My awareness will only increase if I live to both ends. It is a shame if we cut off every day what we were yesterday. Because in doing so, we also make unimportant what we do today. In Brabant, parents sometimes say to their children: 'If you want to learn to whistle, you have to eat the crusts of your bread'. This is the subject of one of my first works, Vertelling van kinderen en bathwater from 1985 (printed in 2001 as A tale of children and bathwater; ed.). The inhabitants of a village complain about the hard crusts. This goes so far that the baker decides to make bread without crusts from now on, only making bread with crusts for himself. Years later, a little boy walking through the village is attracted by a special sound. He goes off to
He goes in search of the sound and sees the baker producing it with his lips puffed.
The boy runs to his mother: 'Mum, come! You have to hear this! The baker makes a wonderful sound with his lips. The mother explains that this is called "whistling" and that everyone used to be able to do this when they still ate bread with crusts. In the end, everyone goes back to eating bread with crusts because they really want to be able to whistle.

Moral of the story...

"You don't realise what you are destroying if you don't cherish the past. Look at the invention of the light bulb by Thomas Edison. At the time of innovation, there was a strong interest in moving away from candlelight because it was all risky. Edison wanted controllable, bright light. Then that is put into the hands of engineers and made as perfect as possible. A logical path. In retrospect, you could say that there was very little respect for history and very much faith in the future. With more respect for the past, it could have been decided that instead of a constant light, a lamp would spread a dancing light, for example. Not a dead light but a living, more natural light. I deliberately go back to such moments in time - Lost and found by innovation is what I call that trajectory -, search for such inventions, look back with love and compassion at the incapacity of the past. In hindsight, I can think differently, I have that luxury. As a designer, I don't make objects that save lives - it's not that I make braking systems for Tesla - but that keep our culture moving. There is innovation and there is cultural innovation. We do cultural innovation. And I think that is much more important, because cultural innovation drives innovation. We think and want first, then execute. My kind of designs change the relationship between man and his environment. With the things I make, I give the public a different connection to the built environment. Because people don't like ageing, designers create metaphors about youth and beauty. That baby-face fixation makes everything look like it was just born. I decided not to go along with that. You should just not make things that seem new, not idolise the new. New in itself is not a problem, but it is if it is the most important qualification: then you have a completely unsustainable product. There is no quality that is less durable. New is about now. For a hundred years, new has been the most important quality in our culture. It is the foundation of a disposable culture. We really need to start making new unimportant."

Do you make what your audience wants or what you want?

"I try to make work that says who I am, explains what I want to say, shows my love for the world and meets people's needs. As a little boy, I liked to make gifts for people. I would glue something together for my aunt and give it to her wrapped with a bow. She thought I was the sweetest little man. From an early age, I understood that a good gift has within it that someone feels seen. If it has really been made for someone out of love and with respect, then the person for whom it is intended feels it. Just like my work does. Actually, I make gifts for the world. My work is a celebration of the relationship between me and the world."

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A tale of children and bathwater (1985)

The 27-year-old Bo Enthoven was brought up on entrepreneurship at an early age. After years of experience in her parents' companies, she decided to spread her wings and the young entrepreneur can officially call herself co-owner of STYLERZ24. Bo's companion is her own mother Els Enthoven. Together they form a golden team and hope to take STYLERZ24 to the next level.

Text: Fleur de Jong
Images: Stylerz24

With STYLERZ24 Bo creates and sells artificial blossoms (trees), bouquets and decorations. All creations are made of natural materials and are custom-made, making almost nothing impossible. From restaurants to bathrooms, you could find STYLERZ24's silk flower creations everywhere. With work experience in her parents' company, Bo learned the ropes of the entrepreneurial profession at a young age, but could the older generation learn anything from her? MASTERS talked to her.

What is your personal USP?

"What distinguishes me is that I am very creative, but I also do and think everything myself. This means that I basically do not need anyone to carry out everything. So I buy all the materials, answer requests, make offers and invoices, do the planning, prepare the blossom tree, make them myself and also deliver them myself."

What can the older generation of entrepreneurs learn from you?

"What the older generation of entrepreneurs can learn from me is that social media can be the basis of your business, nice pictures and a short text is selling nowadays. The contact with the customer comes later in the process and not beforehand..

Who is your teacher or source of inspiration in the entrepreneurial field?

"Myparents. I come from a real entrepreneurial family, my father Stefan Enthoven has been running Expo Flora for more than 17 years. Expo flora is a rental company for fairs and events and has existed for 36 years. This is where I gained much of my experience and where I have been working for nine years now. Els Enthoven is my mother and has been running the company Stylerz24 for nine years. As an entrepreneur I am really a combination of my father and mother. In the end you have to walk your own path and I certainly do!

What is your motto or quote?

"If you want something really badly and go for it, it will work. When I was 14, I worked in a flower shop next to my school and during my secondary schooling I took a flower course for which you actually had to be 18 years old. I graduated at 16. When I was 20 years old, I realised that I wanted more freedom with the Expo Flora company and I started a driver training course, which I also obtained. I can tell you that these are really tough exams and especially very technical. But if you want something really badly and go for it, it works.

What is the biggest entrepreneurial risk you have taken so far?

"I have only been an official entrepreneur since 1 July, so I have not yet taken any really big risks as an entrepreneur."

Where will you be in three years?

"In three years I will still be working with my mother and we will have taken STYLERZ24 to an even higher level in terms of quality and visibility.

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Reginald Kruger creates works of art on aluminium with airbrush. As a young boy, the artist fell in love with the Porsche 911, as a kind of muse he now creates works of art of Porsches, but also Lamborghinis, Bugattis and many other exclusive brands. Animals, women and boats can also be found in Reginald's work. Besides airbrush, the artist uses gold leaf and acrylic paint, when light shines on the works of art, you will experience a true 3D experience...

Text: Fleur de Jong
Image: Reginald Kruger

Miura! On aluminium with airbrush 2018

"For this work of art, I used more than 200 photos to give the final result on aluminium 3D effects. Each car artwork starts with a photo shoot, which can take place at the customer's premises or in a photo studio near the customer. During this photo shoot, I take more than 200 photos, each with different lighting. On my computer, I then stack all these photos to create a true 3D image, where all the details of the car shine in the artwork. After stacking the photos, I applied this artwork to the aluminium and finished it off with airbrush, using over 1,000 shapes and masks. This way of working is very laborious, I worked on it for about 250 hours. Because of the inks on the aluminium, the final result has a metallic finish. When you stand in front of this work of art it seems as if you can touch the Lamborghini, that's how hyper-realistic the artwork is."

Be Careful what you wish for! Airbrush on aluminium 2019

"For this work of art, I used more than 400 photos to give the final result on aluminium 3D effects. I had been walking around with the idea of making this work of art for a while. First I made sketches with pen on paper. At the IAMS Amsterdam I got into conversation with the people from VDM and I was given the opportunity to photograph this Bugatti Chiron in Gronau, 20 km from my studio. The owner owns this exclusive Bugatti Chiron worth €4.2 million, with an interior custom-made by Hermès worth €750,000. But for him, this was not enough. He dreamed of a private jet and his wife of the Hermès Berkin Bag in orange to match the interior of his Bugatti. But I am sure that within two seconds, the only one who will survive this will be the black panther with the diamonds around its neck... Hence the title: 'Be Careful What You Wish For'. I also applied this work of art to aluminium and finished it with airbrush. I estimate that I worked on it for 350 hours in total. Because of the inks on the aluminium, the final result has a metallic finish. When you stand in front of this work of art it seems as if you can touch the interior of the Bugatti, that is how hyper-realistic the artwork is. In addition to these free works, I also create customised works of art using the client's car."

Long Blond Animal | On aluminium with airbrush 2020

"All the texts of this artwork were first written with acrylic paint, after which I made masks of them. After all the preparations, I applied this artwork to the aluminium and finished it off with airbrush. By playing with light, this 'blonde beauty' really seems to come out of the artwork. I worked on this work of art for about 150 hours.

See more MASTERPIECES by Reginald Kruger here.

During MASTERS VERNISSAGE on Friday, July 9, a motley crew was present in the Serre restaurant of Hotel Okura Amsterdam during THE CAPTAINS LUNCH. The entrepreneurs, prominent figures and BN'rs present all had one thing in common: they were guests in the podcast of Yves Gijrath on The Captains Line. While enjoying delicious dishes and a spoken word by Yves, the beautiful stories were soon told at the table.

Text: Fleur de Jong
Image: Floris van der Paardt

In good company

Before lunch, the guests started talking animatedly to each other on the terrace. After a drink, everyone sat down at the table. During the welcoming speech, Yves dedicated the lunch to Peter R. de Vries, who has been his guest in 2019. There was also attention for podcast guest John van den Heuvel, who could not be present due to developments concerning Peter R. De Vries.

The first dishes were served and the glass was raised to a beautiful meeting full of Uitblinkers. After the main course, those present were treated to a spoken word by Yves, which consisted of special quotes from podcast conversations of various guests present.

A selection of the captains who were present during THE CAPTAINS LUNCH: Fajah Laurens, Ali B, Roland Kahn, Henk de Vries, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Erik de Vlieger, Paul Riemens, Thomas Acda, Leon de Winter, Micky Hoogendijk, Benno Leeser and Won Yip.

The 3-course menu

Restaurant Serre of Hotel Okura Amsterdam provided the delicious dishes. As a starter, guests were served salmon miso with Soba noodles, shiitake and gomasio. This was followed by a flat iron steak with roasted shallot cream, young beans and long pepper gravy. And for those who still had room left for dessert, there was a Tartelette of pistachio, strawberries and tarragon on the menu.

Become a captain too!

The podcast platform De Kapiteinenlijn features inspiring and upbeat conversations with CAPITALS. The chiefs, the bosses, the supreme gods, the rock stars and the leaders of companies and movements. Yves goes in search of interpretation, depth, leadership and a happy note. The Captains' Line is a movement. Highlight of the week: the weekly podcast show The GYGS with business friend Erik de Vlieger.

Step aboard? Become a CAPTAIN here!

Aziz Bekkaoui is a renowned fashion designer, artist and guest curator. His creations are known worldwide and originate from his studio in the heart of Amsterdam. In honour of the Olympic Games, Aziz exhibits one of his works during MASTERS VERNISSAGE in the colour green as a symbol of the green Olympic ring. The fashion designer has won his spurs in the creative industry and will talk to MASTERS about his wheelbarrow.

Text: Mical Joseph
Image: Aziz Bekkaoui

What was your very first job?

"I lived in Voorburg and had a summer job as an ice-cream maker in an Italian restaurant in Scheveningen. I was also in secondary school and wanted to be an inventor. I was always sawing, making furniture and coming up with new concepts. Actually, I have become a kind of inventor, but in a different field. I experiment, always want to innovate and colour outside the lines.

How did you end up in your current job?

"After secondary school I moved to Arnhem and started my graphic and architectural training at ArtEZ. At the time, I thought the fashion magazines were superficial, they lacked depth for me. It was often about the red carpet and champagne, but never about the personal. I came more into contact with fashion education and switched to fashion in my own way. Even then it was about how financially important this industry is and how important it is to have your own identity as a designer: a mix of glamour, minimalism and urban."

"Paco Rabanne encouraged me to believe in what I saw and felt and to follow through with it".

Who was your wheelbarrow in this?

"I was doing an internship in Milan and decided to enter the fashion competition of the Festival des Jeunes Stylists in Hyères in Cannes. The jury included Gaultier, John Galliano and Jill Sander. I won this contest and caught the eye of designer Paco Rabanne. The competition and Paco Rabanne opened doors for me: I was asked by the designer to show my collection as a supporting act at Rabanne's couture show in Paris. This was of course great, because the top models Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangalista and Kate Moss walked this show.

Paco Rabanne encouraged me to believe in what I saw and felt and to follow through with it. He helped me in his studio, atelier and business. Because of his support I started my own label. A real wheelbarrow. In the last twenty years, another wheelbarrow has been added: Performance Artist Marina Abramovic. She has worked with, among others, rapper Jay Z and Lady GaGa. Marina has been important to my further development from fashion to art. She makes performances with people, without clothing and/or objects."

Aziz Bekkaoui - United Origins Fashion Show - photographer: Peter Stigter

What is your greatest passion in your profession?

"Working for people and with people. Every day is different and I divide my creativity into different disciplines. I work on interiors, clothing, architecture and performances. It is important that when you want to dress someone, you know how they move and what their energy is. It's not a mannequin, it's a moving human being in a public space.

What has been the biggest learning moment in your career?

"To be honest, every collection I make is a learning moment. The grand finale is like a final exam every time. Every season I learn a lot and I always come across new issues. Because of the change of zeitgeist and people, a year is never the same."

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

"Doing my best where there are rules, such as in training, but secretly not letting go of the ideas I have deep inside and including them in my plans. Life is not black and white, it's not one or the other! Use the freedom and opportunities that the industry offers."

Have you been a wheelbarrow for anyone?

"I have been a wheelbarrow for many artists, fashion designers and models. For example, I encouraged models who could not find a job, after which they later went to Paris to work for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior. Models who did their first show with me walked shows for Prada, Gucci and other big brands after a few seasons. When I believe in talent, I encourage that person and I don't give up easily."

The green Couture Singlet Dress at MASTERS VERNISSAGE

MASTERS selects five paintings that have broken all records in history and are the most expensive in the world. Most of them were created by iconic masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Paul Cézanne, but in this selection, the name of a Dutch master is also on display...

Text: Fleur de Jong

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci | 379.2 million

Originally estimated at €84 million, this oil painting from around 1500 and auctioned by Christie's in November 2017 broke an absolute record: the painting was auctioned for €379 million to a private collector, making it the only work by Da Vinci in private hands. This painting has long been talked about because of the mystique surrounding it. The work is seen as the 'last Da Vinci' and the male Mona Lisa, because of the subtle smile of the depicted Christ. Critics say that the work was partly painted by his pupils and shows a blessed Christ with a crystal ball.

Number 17A by Jackson Pollock | 168 million

Jackson Pollock is also called the father of abstract expressionism. Jackson is known for his dripping technique that he used from 1947 to 1950. The artist's artworks were received with much criticism and were not popular and therefore had a low value. Nevertheless, in 2015 Number 17A was sold for $168 million to Kenneth C. Griffin, an American hedge fund manager.

The Card Players by Paul Cézanne | 210

This painting is the work of French painter Paul Cézanne. Paul painted it between 1893 and 1896 in oil on canvas. The work shows two men at a table, bent over their card game, oblivious to the café hubbub that surrounds them. Cézanne painted a total of five versions of the painting, two of which have almost identical settings. One is in the possession of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and another is in private hands. At the time of the sale in 2011, never had such a high price been paid for a painting.

Interchange by Willem de Kooning | 253 million

Interchange was made by Dutch painter Willem de Kooning. De Kooning's works are considered to belong to the category of abstract expressionism. For a long time, the artist was known for the recognisable female figures that he used in his work. Interchange was sold for 253 million euro.

N ° 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko | 157 million

The Latvian-American artist Mark Rothko painted this picture in 1951. Like other works by Rothko, this one consists of six large colour squares delineated by hazy shades. In 2014, it was sold for 157 million euros to Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev.  

On 7 July 1996, the Dutch top-class sport experienced a historic moment. For the first time a Dutchman won Wimbledon, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Twenty-five years later Jaap de Groot talks extensively with the now 49-year-old Richard Krajicek for MASTERS about the consequences of that phenomenal success and much more. "That cup is the only prize that is not in a box at home," he said.

Text: Jaap de Groot | Online editor: Fleur de Jong
Image: John van Helvert

What does your life look like today?

"Since Corona, I have been sitting at home a lot. Too much at home. And that's not easy for someone who loves to travel. That is why I do a lot of sport. Especially cycling, of course I also play tennis and golf a little. The advantage of cycling and golf is that, in accordance with the corona rules, you keep your distance but still see and talk to people. Moreover, cycling doesn't hurt my knees, which have been operated on several times. I can really enjoy it. I set my alarm at five o'clock, drive to Limburg, get on my bike in the early morning light, keep pedalling until twelve o'clock and get home before two o'clock.

Normally, you are already busy filling in the ABN AMRO tennis tournament, of which you have been director for over eighteen years.

"That's right. Normally this is the period when I am busy with players for the new edition. That starts a week after the tournament and continues throughout the year. That is not the case now and especially while cycling I think a lot about the filling in for the coming year. But that is quite complex if you still have to communicate mainly via Zoom. I hope that vaccination will at least mean that we will have full stands again next year. As far as the players are concerned, I think I will be able to make decisions from August onwards. Time is running out, so we'll have to act fast and adequately. Fortunately, two years ago I signed the then relatively unknown Jannik Sinner for three tournaments, so he will definitely come."

Due to corona, the last ABN AMRO tournament was played without an audience. How did you experience that?

"First of all, I am incredibly grateful to ABN AMRO for making it possible for this edition to take place. You also learn a lot under these circumstances. New things are created. Especially the Centre Court looked very cool. We also received many compliments from the tennis players. Of course you take that with you to the future, when hopefully the public can come inside again. That was the hardest part. On the first qualification day I went to watch a match on the court, but after that I couldn't bring myself to watch it anymore. Watching live tennis without an audience, I don't like it. The only time I have been on Centre Court was during the prize-giving ceremonies. As tournament director, I had to be there. For the rest, I followed the matches on a screen in a room somewhere in Ahoy. Audience and emotions, it is just a must. The people make the difference."

As a Wimbledon winner, do you still have a separate status after 25 years?

"Yes indeed. All winners are appointed honorary members and receive an invitation every year, plus two tickets to Centre Court every day. And one day I get to sit in the Royal Box with my wife Daphne. You have to be neatly dressed, there is a lunch and later an English tea with scones and sandwiches, where you dive into the 100,000 calories. So cool! And that comes back every year. Furthermore, I am still asked to participate in the Legends tournament, where I play the double with another winner from the past. Unfortunately, due to corona, this was not possible this year. Also very nice is what happens after the tournament: as an honorary member you can bring guests until September to play on the grass courts of Wimbledon. That is really all-in. So changing clothes in the official changing rooms and having lunch in the clubhouse at the Royal Box. Everyone I invite finds it a fantastic experience. Because it's all so well organised, going to Wimbledon is a real treat every year."

Is this year's anniversary Wimbledon different from anything else?

"It is remarkable that I have now received an invitation to the Royal Box while that normally happens before the quarter-finals. In the meantime I also have my place in the museum. Of course not as spacious as multiple winners like Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, but still. There you can see the set I wore in the 1996 final. I am more than happy with it. It was a beautiful moment, which I cherish to this day. The cup is also the only prize that is not in a box at home. I owe a lot to it and that's why it has a nice place in my room."

Can you tell us more about what Wimbledon brought you?

"Just take my appointment as director of the ABN AMRO tournament. That I owe mainly to the then director Jos van der Vegt, who nominated me as his successor in 2004. It is the best job that could happen to me after my career. Also because I can continue to contribute something to tennis.

MASTERS Magazine #46

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The summer issue of MASTERS is available from today and is again full of inspiring stories and in-depth interviews. But that is not all. In the new MASTERS, the campaign image of MASTERS EXPO 2021 is displayed in full glory. In addition, boxer and entrepreneur Rico Verhoeven, tennis icon Richard Krajicek and top entrepreneur Robbert Jan Dekker, among others, are featured. In this issue, MASTERS focuses on family businesses, sports and entrepreneurship. MASTERS also delves once again into the most beautiful travel and gastronomy at the highest level.

Online Editor: Mical Joseph
Text: Bart-Jan Brouwer

The campaign image of 2021

Top photographer Rahi Rezvani shot the 2021 campaign image for MASTERS together with dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater. A year in which MASTERS did not look backwards, but forwards: moving forward. From 17 to 22 November, RAI Amsterdam will open its doors for MASTERS EXPO - The Forward Edition.

Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Family matters

In the summer issue of MASTERS, wood giant Koninklijke Dekker, with a turnover of €100 million last year, is the focus of the new Focus on Family Companies section.

Photo: John van Helvert

Historic victory

Also new is Masters of Sport: for the first episode, sports journalist Jaap de Groot visits tennis icon Richard Krajicek 25 years after his historic victory at Wimbledon.

Photo: John van Helvert

Getting started

In the same year, 1996, Marcel Wanders made his definitive breakthrough with his Knotted Chair. "I come from a culture where everything always had to be changed. Modernism was the prevailing way to go, the past was irrelevant. I was ready to change the world and kick everything to the curb," he says in a candid interview.

More entrepreneurs have their say. Margo Reuten of Da Vinci restaurant tells how she deals with setbacks. "I am even more combative now, the lioness in me comes out: get going!"Merel van Helsdingen was thrown in at the deep end as a starting entrepreneur: she opened her Nxt Museum in coronation time.

Rico Verhoeven

And Rico Verhoeven launched a job platform to help people who have lost their jobs due to the crisis. Each and every one of them is an entrepreneur whose glass is half full. That positive attitude radiates from The Forward Edition of MASTERS. Don't miss it!

Photo: Karoly Effenberger

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The works of KUNSTBLOC are so lifelike that you can hardly stop looking at them. The 28-year-old artist Anca Blok is always looking for the emotion behind a story and translates this into an impressive work of art. By working with charcoal on durable cotton, the artist manages to let emotions shine from the canvas. Anca's work can be admired during MASTERS VERNISSAGE where she introduces the public to her craft in a very special way.

Text: Fleur de Jong
Image: Anca Blok

The Old Man (Rembrandt)

"The Old Man" is one of my showpieces. The painting was chosen from 8,390 entries for the 'Lang Leve Rembrandt' competition and was therefore on display during the summer exhibition 2019 at the Rijksmuseum. This was a major milestone for me. The Rijksmuseum is known for its great masters. That my work could hang among them felt like a huge honour. The artwork is based on 'The Old Man' by Rembrandt. Inspired by the many painted portraits and etchings by Rembrandt, I have given the famous painting a completely modern touch.

I work exclusively with charcoal on cotton, which is why my works are characterised by the black and white face. With charcoal, I emphasise the emotional layer, which fully stimulates the viewer's senses. This is why the fascinating hairstyle, the drooping yet expressive eyes, the lush eyebrows and the impressive moustache of The Old Man are shown off to their best advantage in this work of art. Characteristic faces on enormous formats, such as that of The Old Man, are leading for my works of art."

The waving reeds

"Nature is a great source of inspiration for me. I regularly go out to enjoy the ingenuity and transience that nature has to offer. The painting 'The Waving Reed' is one of my favourites and is based on my roots in the fields of the Noordoostpolder. Nature is so pure. It moves with the seasons and therefore has beautiful life phases. That fascinates me. In this painting, I have captured the swaying reeds that I grew up with. Stems that have defied wind and weather. Each one living separately, but together they form a beautiful whole. Reed that dances along to the sighing wind and stands proudly upright when caressed by warm rays of sunlight. An untouched piece of wilderness of unparalleled beauty.

By working with the natural product charcoal, it is possible to create the purity and the movement of the reed on the canvas by, among other things, accentuating the depth of focus. The painting was also part of the solo exhibition '.Polder ground’.


"Yves Gijrath is a true entrepreneur. A striking man with an exemplary past and a bubbling heart for people and society. Exclusively for the MASTERS VERNISSAGE I will produce a life-size painting of Yves. Normally I draw in my studio in the beautiful countryside, but never before live and in front of an exclusive audience.

Yves' 54 leading years are reflected in his facial expression. A beautiful face, where every wrinkle, the lines around the eyes, the framing of the corners of the mouth, all tell a story. A life story filled with ups and downs. By working out these beautiful shapes on an imposing cotton canvas, I make the story visual. 

As a basis for the artwork, I used an existing photograph of Yves, over which I poured my own KUNSTBLOC sauce. So far, the contours of the face are set and the eyes have already been shaped. During the days of MASTERS VERNISSAGE, I will further elaborate the artwork. With this, I would like to introduce the guests to my craft and my life-size, pure paintings."

View more MASTERPIECES by Anca Blok here.

All legends have one thing in common: the ambition to always be the best. This is the credo of the new brand TROPHY BY GASSAN. Dustin Huisman is the brain behind this new brand and translates the passion to strive for the best into high end customized jewellery for men. Creating a unique and own design is possible, because: the sky is the limit. Designed and created by the customer and the experts of GASSAN.

Text: Fleur de Jong

Unlimited options

The high-end basic collection of TROPHY includes Cuban Link necklaces and bracelets. The jewels can be completely customised into unique items. The options are unlimited, so you can choose a necklace, bracelet, ring, pendant or earrings. White, yellow or rose gold and with or without diamonds; everything is possible. The vision, boundless creativity and inspiration of the customer combined with the expertise of GASSAN make an original and personal jewel, a one of a kind personal trophy. Detailed perfection is sought in the making, because legendary achievements are celebrated with iconic designs. 

Creativity and expertise

A customized TROPHY BY GASSAN jewel is created through close cooperation between the customer and the in-house artists of the GASSAN atelier. After discussing the vision and wishes, the design is developed into a piece of jewellery on paper. This is then converted into a 3D drawing and if everything is to the customer's liking, the creation is produced. The average delivery time of the TROPHY BY GASSAN is three months, after which it is delivered in a personalised high-end jewellery box. Naturally, the jewel comes with an HRD diamond certificate from Antwerp and a jewellery certificate.


Service beyond expectations

TROPHY BY GASSAN stands for the highest quality standard and best service. A customized piece of jewellery comes in a black jewellery box containing an exclusive magnifying glass and black jewellery gloves with name in gold lettering. 

Follow TROPHY BY GASSAN on Instagram: @trophybygassan

Click here for the website of TROPHY BY GASSAN. 


Would you like to admire the new brand TROPHY BY GASSAN in real life or look at the possibilities? GASSAN will be present at MASTERS VERNISSAGE on July 8-12 in Hotel Okura Amsterdam.

After a turbulent time, MASTERS took to the skies on July 1 with the network event MASTERS & WINE. It was a wonderful day where MASTERS could meet, network and of course raise a glass to the future. All this was framed by a boat trip with wine tasting on the Amstel, delicious amuses from Hotel De L'Europe and a closing barbecue at Brasserie Paardenburg.

Image: Jesse Knobbe

Safe journey!

At 1:30 p.m., a select group of MASTERS COMPANY- and MASTERS LEAGUEmembers, gather in the beautiful garden of Brasserie Paardenburg in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. On a staircase decorated with flowers by Loose Florals the guests make their entrance. After an introduction and word of welcome, the guests can take place on one of the three salon boats of our partners Smidtje Luxury Cruises and Rederij Belle, which will take them over the Amstel to Amsterdam and back again. 

Wine tasting

Once on the boat, the necessary entertainment is provided. There will be fierce battles for the coveted honorary title and first prize during the quiz and there will be a wine tasting organised by Vinites. At Hotel De L'Europe, snacks will be served after which the guests will start their journey back to their home port of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.

Walking dinner

Once back at Brasserie Paardenburg, the winners of the quiz are announced and four lucky ones go home with a nice prize. After this, DJ Sheila Hill and her music kick off the party. The feet hit the floor and the Philipponnat champagne flowed in abundance. In the meantime, the guests enjoyed the wood-grilled meat of Nice to Meat, which was prepared on The Caveman Grill, and the guests were provided with even more culinary snacks prepared by the chef of Paardenburg.

Thanks to our partners:

Vinites, Smidtje Luxury Cruises, Brasserie Paardenburg, Loose Florals, Champagne Philipponnat, De L'Europe Amsterdam, Rederij Belle, The Caveman Grill, Nice to Meat, Cortador Andaluz, DJ Sheila Hill & MASTERS HQ.

MASTERS & WINE returns annually, so traditionally the event will be held again next year, see you next year!