Why not do a city trip in your own country? I had never been to Mons before, but since it’s the European Capital of Culture 2015, I thought it was worth a visit.
There is so much to do this year in Mons that it is hard to make a choice. We received a little map at the tourist office and we took a walk in the city, looking for the art installations. This first picture is an artwork called ‘City says no‘ from Inject Love, an artists collective from Gent.
If you want a heads up about what’s going on in Brussels cultural scene, go take a look @ Brussels Creative Forum on 28 & 29 August 2015.
Imagine that you are having a drink in your favorite bar and you find a flyer about an exhibition you didn’t know about. You visit the exhibition and there you see a poster about a concert that seems interesting. Isn’t it great to discover new things? At the Brussels Creative Forum you will find all the info about every cultural organisation in Brussels in one place! This is what’s on the program:
- A culture market where all these organisations in the field of architecture, cinema, music, theatre, visual art, literature and even comedy will present their program for the next season.
- Conferences about various subjects, like street art, gentrification, tourism, public space and creative industries, all related to Brussels (don’t forget to sign up in advance).
- A book market where you can find every book about Brussels!
For the hungry ones there will be several Food Trucks present, like SINstreetfood ! The event is free and you can even win tickets for cultural events.
I’m definitely going to visit the Creative Form to get inspiration for future blogposts about cultural events in Brussels. If you can’t go the weekend of 28 & 29 August, I will keep you updated regularly 🙂 .
Friday 28 August 12:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 29 August 12:00 am – 06:00 pm
@ Square Brussels, Mont des Arts
Brussel Creative Forum official website
I have to admit that my knowledge of fashion is quite limited, although I find it very intriguing. I’ve seen dresses of Dior & Chanel on the internet and I heard about Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck & A.F. Vandevorst, but that’s about it. This summer that is all changing because of Bozar’s Summer of Fashion! In Bozar, I saw the documentary Dior & I and that was the first step for me into the world of fashion. The movie is about the Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons who became the head designer for Dior’s haute couture collection in 2012. It was really inspiring and I would recommend it to anyone. For more info about when and where you can see it, see below. After watching the movie, I decided that it was about time to go see the exposition that I wanted to see from the moment it opened: The Belgians : An Unexpected Fashion Story.
Great colors, right? That is what attracted me in the first place! I went to an exhibition of Parra in Alice Gallery, an artist that I had never heard about before. Parra is an artist from the Netherlands, who lives and works in Amsterdam. From an interview with him in Agenda Magazine (see link below) I learned that he used to be a skater, influenced by skater magazines that he loved to read. He designed his own shirts and tried to sell them in bars. Later he started studying graphic design and today he is becoming more and more known for his drawings, paintings, sculptures and animation & music videos.
Hello everyone! Have you ever heard of paño? The word comes from pañuelo, which means handkerchief in Spanish. I read about an exhibition in Agenda Magazine last week, called: Paños, Chicano Prison Art. It’s a small exhibition in Recyclart, close to the Central Station.
Hello everyone! This morning I went to an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Brussels about the world famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. In my last year of university, I learned about the theoretical basics of photography. Cartier-Bresson played an important role in the history of photography. He was one of the founders of Magnum Photography, an association created by photographers who were looking for very high quality. Until today, only the best photographers can become a member of Magnum. My favorite Belgian Magnum photographer is Carl De Keyzer! But for now, let me tell you what I saw this morning.
Today I show you my impressions of Art Brussels, the contemporary art fair at Brussels Expo. Last year I went for the first time and I really liked it. For this year I received free tickets, so I was curious to discover what’s new. The goal of the art fair is off course to sell art to the visitors. Even if you don’t have a budget to buy anything (like me), it’s still worth taking a look. I especially appreciate the fact that there are many Belgian galleries present, and a lot of young artists. The only thing that can be annoying is the fact that some of the visitors are a bit snobby, like on every art fair. But don’t be bothered by it! I think it’s rather funny how people try to outclass each other :). Art Brussels is only 3 days, so there isn’t much time left to go see for yourself. Let me show you a few of the artists I (re)discovered.
If you walk in the streets of Brussels, you might not immediately see it. But once you start paying attention, you will notice the decorated balconies and the colorful glass details in the facades of many houses. Art Nouveau is very present in the city. Not just in the city center, but also in other parts of the Brussels capital region: Ixelles, Uccle, Jette, Etterbeek, Forest, Saint-Gilles, Schaerbeek and so on. It’s a main attraction for tourists and there are some guided tours that show you the most important buildings, but it’s not for free. Prices go up to €200! I think it’s a lot more fun to discover the houses just by taking a walk in the neighbourhood. It’s not that easy to find a good map of Art Nouveau walking tours online, so we created or own walking tour on Google Maps, based on an Art Nouveau guide we found on VisitBrussels (see attachment below). It takes about 60 minutes walking and for now we just did a part of Ixelles and Saint-Gilles. We still have a lot more te discover.
We can’t ignore it any longer. More and more people are wearing sneakers every day, including me. For once, fashion doesn’t have to be contrary to comfort. I love high heels, but it’s so great to wear easy going shoes and still look ‘cool’. Women can even combine them with a skirt or men with a chique costume. You can’t go wrong. Personally I’m a big fan of the Nike Air Max 1 collection and I’m not embarrassed at all to wear them at work.
But this article isn’t just about shoes. It’s about the whole culture and history of sneakers. I visited an exhibition called ‘SNEAKERS!’ at ‘la Médiatine’ in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert. I didn’t have very high expectations of the exhibition since it’s rather far from the center of Brussels and I thought it would be quite small . But let me tell you this: I loved it!
Yes, that’s right!
Anish Kapoor is having an exhibition in the Gladstone Gallery, very close to the metrostation Louisa. I heard the mayor of Brussels saying last month that he wants a work of Anish Kapoor to be the center piece of the renewed Place de la Brouckère (known from the Coca-Cola bill board), but I didn’t realize that he was having an exhibition in Brussels. I love his artwork so I was quite excited when I saw the announcement!
Who is he?
If you don’t know him, don’t worry. You might have seen a picture of his work Cloud Gate in Chicago, also known as the Chicago Bean. Never heard of it? Then this is all you need to know: Anish Kapoor was born in India, but lives in London since the 70’s. He is known for his mirror-like sculptures that make you feel like you are going to fall over. He plays with the feeling of dept and shows several dimensions. Let me show what I’ve seen at the gallery (click on the pictures for a bigger image).