Pop Art in Belgium!

A few weeks ago I visited the Pop Art exhibition @ the ING Art Center (Place Royale). I think it’s about time that I share my experience 😉 .

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Actually, I’m not such a big fan of Pop Art, but I do like the ING Art Center. I really appreciated their exhibition of Alfredo Jaar in 2012. Now, Belgian Pop Art? Hmm, how come I never heard about that before? It made me curious enough to go take a look! 

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Without words

I always write a blogpost on Sunday, so for today I had something in mind about a great exhibition in Brussels. It’s just that I can’t pretend that this is a regular weekend. I’m shocked about what happened in Paris. Every book I read about blogging has learned me not to write anything when feeling very emotional or angry. Today I’m breaking that rule because yes, I am angry, yes, I am scared and yes, I feel really sad.

It’s heartbreaking to see all the messages passing by on twitter from people who lost their child, friend or husband. All these people are suffering and they will suffer for a long time. There is an expression that goes like this: if it rains in Paris, it drips in Brussels. So yes, in Brussels we can certainly feel the suffering too. I love Paris for the same reason I love Brussels: the little streets, the open-minded citizens, the cultural and artistic scene and the freedom to be who you are. All this has been swept away this weekend. Not entirely, because that wil never be possible.

I’m going to see the concert of Kamasi Washington this Monday in the AB. I wrote a blogpost about it this summer, and I remember something he said about the Ferguson shootings (read the full blogpost here). He said:  “What fixes your spirit when Ferguson happens? It hurts your spirit, it hurts your heart and soul. You need something to fix it.” That’s what he’s trying to do with his music, to fix our souls.

It takes time to heal the pain that is caused, but I am convinced that Kamasi will at least make me forget about this fucked up world for a few hours.

Greetings,

KOMALIBXL

 

 

 

 

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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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The Japan Project

Hello everyone! We are going to Japan 🙂 ! The idea was to travel outside of Europe and to explore a whole different culture.  You know, the kind of journey that would be hard to make once we have kids. The food has to be really good and there has to be a combination of wildlife, nature and urban life. For me, I made my decision after seeing an episode of Antony Bourdain (the famous chef from CNN’s program Parts Unknown) about Tokyo. That was a few days after I cooked a Japanese dinner for my boyfriends birthday. To get you in the mood, let me show you what I made.

On the menu:

  • sushi (Maki, Nigiri, California Roll & some Sashimi)
  • miso soup 
  • lichees for dessert

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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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