Caroline De Westenholz

Albert Vogel

Albert Vogel

Albert Vogel (1924-1982) was a Dutch solo-actor who specialised in what he called ‘literary one man shows’ (after Micheál MacLiammóir’s 1960 show on Oscar Wilde). He made his name with his programme about Louis Couperus, arguably Holland’s best writer. It was a combination of biographical information and the rendering of actual fragments of text. Several grammophone records were made of this show. In 1973, Vogel published a biography of his favourite author.

Caroline was six years old when she first saw Albert Vogel on stage. His Couperus programme made a lasting impression upon her.


In 1964, Albert Vogel became co-owner of Orez International Gallery, together with Leo Verboon. This was an avant garde art gallery located in central The Hague. Orez was the reverse of ‘Zero’, a German art movement that advocated abstract, impersonal art in reaction to the emotional abstract expressionism of the 1950’s. 

Orez became the sole European representative of the Dutch branch of the ZERO movement, the so called Nul group, consisting of Armando, Henk Peeters, Jan Henderikse and Jan Schoonhoven - but also of artists like Yayoi Kusama. In 1965, this now world famous Japanese artist had her first European one man show in Orez.

In 2017, Caroline has published a book about Orez art gallery. See: publications