Cobra stole my heart… and, as always with the big loves of your life, it came like a bolt out of the blue. Suddenly, my breath was taken away by the sight of all these amazing things: the colours, the freedom, the playfulness, the unconventional, the experiment, the intuitive. … I hardly knew where to look next. It wat overwhelming – all those hundreds of artworks in countless variations. Oil paintings, work on paper, sculptures of all types and sizes that oozed passion… in forty years they had lost none of their power, on the contrary. I stood there rooted to the spot and I got goose pimples all over.
That moment of amazement was at a exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk, Dam Square in 1988, It was my first big source of inspiration for Cobra. I am grateful that our Ambassade Hotel Collection, including our signed books (over 4.000) and guest books, has found such a beautiful location on Amsterdam’s Herengracht and Singel, which is now accessible to a wide audience.