7 great places in Brussels for gift shopping

Are you the kind of person that avoids the shopping district during the holiday season? Check! Ok, I admit that the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be a cozy time, but it’s so commercialized that it becomes exhausting. Especially if they put up the Christmas decoration more than a month before Christmas, pff. I know that Brussels is very proud of the Christmas market at Place Sainte-Cathérine (Winterpret/Plaisir d’Hiver), but I absolutely hate it. Too much people and not a lot of things to do. 

As much as I hate gift shopping during that period, I do like to open presents myself 🙂 . And isn’t it nice to see someone’s face when they open the present you gave them? I selected 7 of my favorite shops in Brussels where I like to buy gifts for friends, family or myself. A lot of the shops have things for both men and women.

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Roberto Fonseca @ Flagey!

Ooooh Roberto Fonseca … I saw him at the AB in Brussels a few years ago and I was so enthusiastic that I bought his cd the next day. This man has so much energy that it is impossible to sit still in your chair. It’s like you’re on some kind of music drug. Back then, I went to his show after seeing only one Youtube video of him playing the piano. Besides that, I had never heard of him before, so I went there without any expectations. Often these are the best experiences!

This time, on 20/11/2015, he is performing together with Fatoumata Diawara, a famous singer and actress from Mali. Expect a combination of Afro-Cuban music, jazz, soul, funk and traditional Malinese music (Wassoulou).

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A must-see documentary

“People are the salt of the earth.”

This quote is from the Brazilian photographer Sebastião 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

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Accessible Art Fair 2015: My favorites!

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A few days ago I visited the Accessible Art Fair in 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 photographer Alberto Saleh. I’m not sure I like all of his pictures, but this one just grabbed my attention like a magnet. 

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49 colored vadors‘ by the French artist Laetitia Schlesser-Gamelin.

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Berlin‘ by Andrés 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 report here.

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Les Chaises Vertes du Métro (Paris)‘ by Jacques Meunier. Such a common scene if you live in a capital, but yet so beautiful.

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I think this work is called ‘From Europe with Love‘, but please correct me if I’m wrong. The artist is Nadia 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.

Greetings,

KOMALIBXL

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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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Accessible Art Fair

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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.

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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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Brussels Museums Nocturnes

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If you haven’t heard yet, the Museum Nocturnes have started again! Every Thursday evening a few museums open their doors until 10:00 pm. It’s a great idea because how many times do you get the chance to visit a museum on a working day? The only thing I find regrettable is that not all of them open their doors for free! So far I only visited the Magritte museum once during the Nocturnes, but this year I have a few more visits in mind. I’m a little bit ashamed that I haven’t seen the Museum of the City of Brussels from the inside yet 🙂 .

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See the full program until 10/12/2015 on the official website.

Greetings,

KOMALIBXL

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Nuit Blanche 2015

Another great event in Brussels next Saturday 03/10/2015! There is so much to do lately that I feel like I should write a blogpost every day. Off course that’s not possible, since I also have a life 🙂 (and a fulltime job).

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Nuit Blanche is a contemporary art route in the city that offers several artistic installations, performances and activities. This years edition everything is happening around the Place Saint-Cathérine. The meeting point is located at the Vismet (Quai aux Bisques & Quai au Bois à Brûler). There are 32 things to see during 1 evening so it’s better to make a selection in advance. I remember from last year that there was a long waiting line at the entrance for some activities, so I didn’t get to see everything I wanted. For this year, I chose activities that are less time bound to avoid that everybody wants to get in at the same time.

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