As you know, Brussels has a lot to offer when it comes to modern and contemporary art. The New York Times even wrote that Brussels is the new Berlin because it attracts a lot of international artists. You can find the full article here. In the past months I visited several exhibitions and art galleries. I didn’t have time to see everything on my list, but these are the 3 exhibitions I think you shouldn’t miss:
1. I BELGI. BARBARI E POETI
If there is one thing we Belgians can be proud of, it’s that we have a lot of artists that made it in the international art world. From the modern masters like Permeke, Magritte, Broodthaers, Spilliaert or Alechinsky, to the new generation like Koen Vanmechelen, Berlinde De Bruyckere or even Hell’o Monsters. The exhibition focuses on the barbaric, unique, crazy, poetic, playful and unusual work of these Belgian artists. Think about dancing skeletons, a tattooed Jesus or a face made of little plastic soldiers. I love it! See more pictures and video’s here. You can visit the expo until 24 January 2016 in the Vanderborght building in Brussels.
2. MYSTIC TRANSPORT: KOEN THEYS & GÜLSÜN KARAMUSTAFA
In the context of the Europalia Arts Festival, whose focus is on Turkey, the Centrale for Contemporary Art invited the Brussels artist Koen Theys & the Turkish artist Gülsün Karamustafa. The result is an interesting mix of cultures. I found it quite challenging to understand what the artists are trying to show us, but for me the expo is about how to live as an individual in a society with different cultures. See more pictures in this blog post I wrote earlier. The expo is open until 28 February 2016.
3. POP ART IN BELGIUM!
In this exhibition you will see art from the most famous artists in the Pop Art scene, like Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein, but even more important, you will see how they influenced our Belgian artists. The Begian artists were very impressed by the Pop Art culture, but they didn’t just try to imitate it. They made their own interpretation of the colorful pop images, like Marcel Broodthaers for example, who gave his work a surreal interpretation. My absolute favorite Belgian artists in this expo are Roger Raveel and Raoul De Keyser. Read about my favorite artworks here. You can visit the expo until 14 February 2016 in the ING Art Center. (© picture Vincent Everarts)
Don’t miss these exhibitions!
*You might also like to visit ‘Man in the Mirror‘ in the Vanhaerents building!*