Macbeth: My first opera experience

In January I wrote a blog post about my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. One of my resolutions was to go to the theater once in a while, because it’s something that I’m not really familiar with. Well, since the beginning of 2016, I tried two different pieces. The first one was a play called ‘Robin Hassan Hood‘, a story about the fact that people who live in the suburbs all over the world are facing the same struggle. It’s like living in a jungle where you have to find a way to survive. I did like the play, but it didn’t move me in any way. But then this weekend I saw Macbeth in the KVS, an opera directed by Brett Baily. Wow! After seeing it I wasn’t able to talk because I was fighting back tears. I will show you a short video at the end so you can have an idea of what to expect.

7 Owen Metsileng as Macbeth - photo by Nicky Newman(photos by Nicky Newman, source: KVS website)

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Akram Haissoufi : Après les murs

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Hello! I was thinking of going to the BRAFA art fair this weekend, but when I saw the entrance fee on their website, I thought it was better to go for plan B. I asked myself ‘how can I see great art in Brussels for free?’ You would be surprised of the possibilities! I decided to go see the exhibition of Akram Haissoufi at Espace Magh, rue du Poinçon 17 (close to Central station). 

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I assume Akram Haissoufi is a relatively unknown artist, because there is not much information about him online. All I can tell you so far is that he’s a visual artist and film maker from Morocco. The expo ‘Après les murs’ tells the story of people who leave their country to get a better life in another country. It’s about crossing borders and bumping into walls (both real and metaphorical). Being able to leave your country is a human right written in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s not easy to get across the borders and people are often labeled as ‘illegal‘. The artist also refers to the fact that the new country is probably very different from what they had imagined.  He represents their mental journey during this process. Today thousands of refugees are crossing boarders in search for a better life, so with that in mind I took a look at the paintings.

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Public art in Brussels: the man from Atlantis

There’s something strange about public art. On the one hand, there are sculptures that you can’t ignore and that everybody has an opinion about. Like the red blocks from Arne Quinze at the belgian coast for example. You either love it or hate it. On the other hand, some artworks are just as remarkable, and yet people don’t pay attention to them. How come? Like this strange creature for example. Did you see him yet?

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I Belgi – Barbari e poeti

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:

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Funeral Fish, 2015 by Pascal Bernier.

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Expo Koen Theys & Gülsün Karamustafa

The Brussels museums are slowly reopening their doors, so I can finally tell you about an exhibition worth visiting: MYSTIC TRANSPORT @ the Centrale For Contemporary Art. In the context of the Europalia Arts Festival, whose focus is on Turkey, the Centrale invited the Brussels artist Koen Theys & the Turkish artist Gülsün Karamustafa. The result is an interesting mix of cultures. I would say that the expo is about how to live as an individual in a society with different cultures, that is constantly changing.

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Corner pieces, Koen Theys. There are many of these green ‘humps’ in the exhibition space. They have like little heads that are watching us. It makes me thinks of some kind of bacteria that can infect us all if we are not careful 🙂 .

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Pop Art in Belgium!

A few weeks ago I visited the Pop Art exhibition @ the ING Art Center (Place Royale). I think it’s about time that I share my experience 😉 .

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Actually, I’m not such a big fan of Pop Art, but I do like the ING Art Center. I really appreciated their exhibition of Alfredo Jaar in 2012. Now, Belgian Pop Art? Hmm, how come I never heard about that before? It made me curious enough to go take a look! 

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Vanhaerents Art Collection – part II

This is part II of my review of the Vanhaerents Art Collection. I visited the exhibition ‘Man in the Mirror‘ during the Heritage Days in September 2015. There was so much I wanted to tell you that I couldn’t even fit it into one blogpost.  Read part I here.

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NO made by Mark Handforth. The artist is known for his playful and bold sculptures. Here we see a kind of traffic sign that looks like it fell on the ground. It seems damaged. Handforth wants you to experience the artwork from very close by so you can feel its physical presence.

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fragil

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Fragil is the name of an exhibition that is organized on the occasion of the new Zinneke Parade that will take place in 2016. The exhibition is an introduction to the theme fragility. No less than 17 artists currently show their vision on this theme in an old abandoned supermarket in the center of Brussels. If you are in Brussels this week, go take a look because it’s closing again on 19/10/2015. I definitely feel inspired by this expo and I would recommend it to everyone! 

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Vanhaerents Art Collection – part I

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What a discovery! I’m really happy to tell you about the Vanhaerents Art Collection. I visited the exhibition ‘Man in the Mirror‘ during the Heritage Days in September 2015. There is so much I would like to tell you about this expo that it’s not even possible to put in one blogpost.  So here is part I.  

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Kathryn Andrews @ Gladstone Gallery

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Hello everyone! I saw a work of KATHRYN ANDREWS earlier this year at Art Brussels, only I didn’t know her name at the moment. When I checked out some artists exposing in Brussels this month, I googled her name and immediately recognized her work. Take a look at the picture you see above and then at this one here. The shiny mirror-like materials are the same, combined with very colorful elements that make you think about summer and holidays.

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