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:
Did you see the cartoons that are hanging outside of the Halles Saint-Gery/Sint-Gorikshallen? Some of the most famous Belgian cartoonists are showing their view on Brussels. I think it’s quite amusing, although they couldn’t all please me.
The Brussels museums are slowly reopening their doors, so I can finally tell you about an exhibition worth visiting: MYSTIC TRANSPORT @ theCentrale For Contemporary Art. In the context of the Europalia Arts Festival, whose focus is on Turkey, the Centrale invited the Brussels artistKoen Theys & the Turkish artistGülsün 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.
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 🙂 .
As you all know, there is not much to do in the city this weekend due to the terror threat level 4. Almost all public places are closed and there are no metros, so I have no other choice than to stay home. Hopefully it will pass very soon so we can go back to a normal life again…
I found the perfect pastime for this Sunday: a documentary that is called How Art Made The World, made in 2005 by BBC. I borrowed the dvd in Muntpunt (also closed this weekend). There are 5 dvd’s, good for 270 minutes of entertainment 🙂 . I only watched 2 of them so far, but I’m ready to install myself on the couch with a cup of tea and some chocolate. Let’s see a little fragment so that I can convince you it’s worth watching.
A few weeks ago I visited thePop Art exhibition @ the ING Art Center (Place Royale). I think it’s about time that I share my experience 😉 .
Actually, I’m not such a big fan of Pop Art, but I do like the ING Art Center. I really appreciated their exhibition ofAlfredo Jaarin 2012.Now, Belgian Pop Art? Hmm, how come I never heard about that before? It made me curious enough to go take a look!
This quote is from the Brazilian photographerSebastião Salgado. I saw a documentary about him a few months ago, called The Salth of the Earth. Before I say anything, maybe you should watch the trailer first.
I find it difficult to describe how I felt watching this film. The word that comes in my head is sublime. I’m very careful about using that word, because it should only be used for very special and rare experiences. For me, it means that something is so extraordinary that it makes you feel blown away and emotionally destabilized. I dare to say that Salgados photography comes very close to the sublime for me.
A few days ago I visited theAccessible Art Fairin Brussels. As promised, I show you my favorite artworks. I didn’t know any of the artists, so these are all new discoveries. What do you think of this first picture of the woman with the gun? The work is called ‘Le regard qui tue‘ from the Belgian photographerAlberto Saleh. I’m not sure I like all of his pictures, but this one just grabbed my attention like a magnet.
‘Berlin‘ byAndrés Garcia Mellado. Yes, if you visited Berlin, you recognize this kind of image of people sleeping in public. It reminds me of a picture I took in Berlin last year, read my travel reporthere.
‘Les Chaises Vertes du Métro (Paris)‘ byJacques Meunier. Such a common scene if you live in a capital, but yet so beautiful.
I think this work is called ‘From Europe with Love‘, but please correct me if I’m wrong. The artist isNadia Berriche, a Belgian artists whose work is about media. On her website (click on her name) there’s a short video about her work, very interesting.
So these were my 5 favorite artworks 🙂 ! I hope to see some more of these artists in the near future.
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.
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.
Yesss, another art fair in Brussels! Different from Art Brussels or BRAFA, the Accessible Art Fair is looking from a different angle to sell art. The focus is on young, less known artists and as the name says, they try to be as accessible as possible. You can meet the artists at the fair and there will be artworks in different price categories.
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!