Last weekend I visited an exhibition about Belgian art in the Vanderborght building in Brussels, called I BELGI – BARBARI E POETI. What? It’s Italian for ‘The Belgians, Barbarians and Poets’. I love the concept of this expo! It’s about the barbaric, unique, crazy, poetic, playful and unusual work of Belgian artists. The title is in Italian because in Rome, Caesar once said that Belgian warriors are the most barbaric and fearless of them all. The expo shows old famous artworks, like Permeke, Magritte, Spilliaert, Broodthaers, as well as the new generation, like Koen Vanmechelen, Berlinde De Bruyckere and even Hell’o Monsters. It was the first time I visited the Vanderborght building, and I was pleasantly surprised. I wonder what will happen to the building, since the government is planning to sell it. These are a few of my favorite artworks:
Funeral Fish, 2015 by Pascal Bernier.
The Unicorn – C.C.P., 2011 by Koen Vanmechelen.
Ni un paso atras, 2008 by Johan Muyle.
Académie I, l’Alphabet, 1968 by Marcel Broodthaers.
La Chasse aux Cerfs, 1976 by Jacques Lennep.
Different works about Christ, 2007 & 2015, by Jean-Luc Moerman.
Detail from Structure 13, 2015 by HELL’O MONSTERS.
Hom’Art, 2007 by Jacques Lennep.
The expo is open until 24 January 2016 (not until 3 January as it says on the picture below). The Vanderborght building is at walking distance from De Brouckère. More info here.
I hope you will like the exhibition as much as I did!
* The wounded lion sculpture (cover picture) is from Pascal Bernier.*