As you all know, there is not much to do in the city this weekend due to the terror threat level 4. Almost all public places are closed and there are no metros, so I have no other choice than to stay home. Hopefully it will pass very soon so we can go back to a normal life again…
I found the perfect pastime for this Sunday: a documentary that is called How Art Made The World, made in 2005 by BBC. I borrowed the dvd in Muntpunt (also closed this weekend). There are 5 dvd’s, good for 270 minutes of entertainment 🙂 . I only watched 2 of them so far, but I’m ready to install myself on the couch with a cup of tea and some chocolate. Let’s see a little fragment so that I can convince you it’s worth watching.
A few weeks ago I visited thePop Art exhibition @ the ING Art Center (Place Royale). I think it’s about time that I share my experience 😉 .
Actually, I’m not such a big fan of Pop Art, but I do like the ING Art Center. I really appreciated their exhibition ofAlfredo Jaarin 2012.Now, Belgian Pop Art? Hmm, how come I never heard about that before? It made me curious enough to go take a look!
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.
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.
OooohRoberto 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 withFatoumata Diawara, a famous singer and actress from Mali. Expect a combination of Afro-Cuban music, jazz, soul, funk and traditional Malinese music (Wassoulou).
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)
This quote is from the Brazilian photographerSebastião 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.
A few days ago I visited theAccessible Art Fairin 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 photographerAlberto Saleh. I’m not sure I like all of his pictures, but this one just grabbed my attention like a magnet.
‘Berlin‘ byAndrés 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 reporthere.
‘Les Chaises Vertes du Métro (Paris)‘ byJacques Meunier. Such a common scene if you live in a capital, but yet so beautiful.
I think this work is called ‘From Europe with Love‘, but please correct me if I’m wrong. The artist isNadia 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.
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.
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.
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.