Did you see the giants yet in the entrance hall of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium? If not, it’s about time you met them! There are six sculptures from the Canadian artist David Altmejd exposed in this room. The first time I saw a work of art from Altmejd was also in Brussels, when I visited the Vanhaerents Art Collection. It was also a giant sculpture, called Figure with Black Arms and Strawberry. It was a bit creepy, but very interesting to look at. The six sculptures in the museum hall are quite impressive, because they match so well with their surroundings.
Hello! This weekend there were no more than 5 art fairs in Brussels! We had Art Brussels, Off Course Brussels, Independent Brussels, Poppostion Off Fair and YIA. All in the same weekend, unbelievable! I managed to visit 3 of them and I want to show you my favorite works of art spotted on these fairs. Hope you like it!
About Peter Kogler
I went to the ING Art Center without any expectations, because the name Peter Kogler was completely new to me. Since I usually appreciate the exhibitions organized by this art center, I had high hopes. And yes, I have no regrets at all. It was a strange experience, like walking into a different world! Peter Kogler is an Austrian artist who lives in Vienna. It was Jan Hoet that sort of ‘discovered’ Peter Kogler as an interesting artist years ago. He’s a multimedia artist who uses computer technology to make most of his work. Inspired by architecture, he has the habit of transforming whole rooms into his own universe. That’s exactly what he did this time. The whole exhibition space is now one big piece of art. There are curved lines everywhere: on the wall, ceiling and floor. Inside this piece of art, he exposes his sculptures, videos, collages and printed drawings.
Hello! Today I’m telling you about a great exhibition in the Roberto Polo Gallery. I pass by this gallery every day on my way to work. I never walked in before, until the name of one of my favorite belgian photographers appeared in the window display…!
Carl De Keyzer
I once wrote a small article about Carl De Keyzer at university for a class about photography. To prepare myself, I went to the Munpunt library close to De Brouckère and found 2 books: Moments before the flood (2012) and Congo (Belge)(2009). For his series Moments before the flood, De Keyzer travelled along the European coastline to photograph sea landscapes. In his pictures you can feel the power of nature. There’s a tension between the smallness of human beings and the powerful sea that could swallow a piece of land any time. These are images I won’t forget in a long time. But the second book about the traces of our colonial history in the Congo, was the one that moved me even more. It has some really shocking images about our past that we rarely get to see in a land that tries to hide its colonial history. I hope to own a copy of these books some day! Check the Muntpunt collection if you like to know more about belgian photography 😉 . Carl De Keyzer is a member of the world famous co-operative, called Magnum Photos, founded by one of the most known photographers ever, Henri Cartier-Bresson. But let’s talk about Cuba now!
A few days ago I wanted to write this blog post, but it’s been a lot harder than I thought. It’s just not possible for me to move on without writing it down, so I’m kind of forcing myself right now. First came the shock, then the sadness and mourning, and now the anger. I am really grateful that I didn’t lose anyone close to me, but nevertheless the psychological wound is deep.
Piss Christ (Immersions), 1987
Hello! A few years ago I saw a documentary about the use of crucifixes in art. They talked about a work of art called ‘Piss Christ‘ from the American artist Andres Serrano. A lot of people were very angry because they thought Piss Christ was an insult to Christianity, so the picture was vandalized. I didn’t really know what to think of it, but it was certainly an image that stayed in my head. When I saw a poster of a new exhibition in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, I knew I had to see it! A retrospective about the work of Andres Serrano opened this week and it seems to attract a lot of people. I participated in a ‘Meet the artist’ event with a group of people. We had a guided tour by the artist himself, and I must say he’s a very nice person! Are you ready to meet him?
Hello everyone! I said it before, but I still think that if there is anything we Belgians can be proud of, it’s our belgian art. In my journey to learn more about belgian artists, Agnès Varda couldn’t be left out. When I was a student, her name was mentioned a few times in a course about visual art. I never saw her work in real life though, until now. There’s an exhibition in the Museum of Elsene/Ixelles called ‘Patates & companies’ (potatoes & company)!
What can you expect?
I very much appreciated the exhibition because it has a personal touch. Agnès Varda lived in Ixelles when she was a kid and you can feel that she still has a strong connection with the neighborhood, even though she left Belgium a long time ago.
Hello! As simple as the drawing might be, this cat makes me happy! Chances are it has the same effect on you, just admit it 😉 . Monsieur Chat is created by the Swiss street artist Thoma Vuille who lives in Paris for the moment.
The design of M. Chat is based on a children’s drawing, but the artist made it into a very powerful symbol that is known in big cities all over the world. With its first appearance in France, Monsieur Chat could be seen on rooftops or high walls, looking over the city with his big smile. The intention of Toma Vuille is very clear: he wants to make people happy by showing them a cute cat. It’s not complicated at all, but it works! Cities can be gray sometimes and when you’re in the morning rush to go to your work it might be nice to see M. Chat, even for a few seconds, especially when you didn’t expect it. Monsieur Chat can be seen in several cities in France, but also in The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Sarajevo, Vietnam, Senegal, Japan, South Korea and Brazil. The only thing I don’t get is why not in Belgium? Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I couldn’t find any sign of M. Chat in Belgium. I would love to see Monsieur Chat in Brussels! For now, the only way to see him is to visit the Martine Ehmer Gallery, where the artist is currently exposing.
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.
(photos by Nicky Newman, source: KVS website)
(Maison Dandoy, Brussels)
Some of you might think that Valentine’s Day is just a commercial affair, and I would be the first to agree. But on the other hand, what’s wrong with celebrating the fact that you love each other? I see it as an opportunity to spend a whole day together and really take the time to enjoy each other’s company. I hate to be too sentimental, but Brussels does have some romantic spots 🙂 !