Wang Du @ Albert Baronian Gallery

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Albert Baronian, a Brussels gallery, is currently presenting an exhibition from the Chinese artist WANG DU, called ‘REALITE ALTEREE’.  I saw an artwork of Wang Du earlier this year in Mons during a group expo called La Chine Ardente (see my review here). If you are planning to visit Mons, you should go take a look, it’s really worth it!

But back to the gallery in Brussels now. Wang Du’s work is a critical reflection on the influence of media on our daily life and the power it has to manipulate our minds. He makes sculptures of images he finds in newspapers and magazines.  The images are often about really common events that doesn’t seem important. Because some of his sculptures are really big, these banal things become something special, almost like monuments. His work is often provocative. He got his interest in mass manipulation from his home country China, where he has been in prison for several months because of his critical art. Nowadays he lives in Paris en he also focusses on the relationship between human beings and objects.

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Budapest

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Hello everyone! I was in Budapest this week for a 3 day city trip. It was a little bit too short to visit everything that we heard was worth it, but nevertheless 3 days was enough to get a general view of the city. These are the things I will remember the most about the capital of Hungary:

  • the many many beautiful high buildings
  • the bridges that connect Buda with Pest
  • the great view over the city
  • the Jewish quarter with the ruin pubs
  • the many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free restaurants
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The Royal Palace from the inside

Have you ever wondered what the Royal Palace looks like on the inside? I never really thought about it, until a few days ago. Every summer, the Royal Palace opens its doors for the public (this year until 06/09/2015). I thought I should see it at least once before it’s closing again. Let me show you some pictures of my experience.

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The Sound Of Belgium

Yes, that’s right. Belgium has a sound 🙂 .

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The Sound Of Belgium is the name of a music documentary directed by Jozef Devillé about the Belgian dance music scene in the late 80’s. It has its origins around the time I was born. Why am I telling you this? Two reasons:

  1. It’s a very amusing feel-good documentary that you should see if you like electronic music.
  2. They organize parties in Brussels! The next one is 28/08/2015 @ Club Vilaine (see link below).

The movie tells the story of the rise of New Beat music in the Belgian dance temples like Boccaccio, Sherrymoon, La Rocca and Fifty Five. Today, Belgian dance clubs are very mainstream, but in the late 80’s it was the place to be for alternative electronic dance music. New Beat is a unique sound that is invented in Belgium. It’s a cross-over of EBM (Electronic Body Music, like Front 242) and acid, that has 100 to 115 beats per minute, which is rather slow. You can see it as the frontrunner of House and Techno. Do you know ‘This is the sound of C‘? It’s from Confetti’s, one of the major Belgian new beat bands, like Lords of Acid.

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City trip Mons

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.

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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.

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Kamasi Washington!

Kamasi Washington is coming to the AB in Brussels on the 16th of November 2015!

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Kamasi Washington is a contemporary jazz artist who was born in California. He started playing in different bands as a tenor saxophonist and pianist at a young age, very much influenced by John Coltrane.  By now, he’s also an experienced  jazz band leader and composer. He played with lots of musicians from the soul, hiphop, electronic music and jazz scene, like Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Nas and Flying Lotus. Lately he became more noticed because of the arrangements he made for the album ‘To Pimp a Buttterfly‘ from Kendrick Lamar.

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The Belgians!

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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.

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Parra @ Alice Gallery Brussels

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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. 

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Chicano prison art

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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.

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(III) Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial

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This is the final part of my Berlin travel report and not the most easy one! It’s about the Sachsenhausen Memorial,  a concentration camp that we visited, just outside Berlin. We took a guided tour that starts at Brandenburger Tor and led us together with a group of people to Sachsenhausen.

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