Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to art, but of course we are pretty spoiled in Brussels with all the museums and galleries. I visited just one museum in Berlin, but there’s a lot of street art to discover when walking through the city.
Last week I was in Berlin for 5 days, for the very first time! I felt really inspired by its architecture and people, so I took a lot of pictures to share my experience with you.
Hello everyone! This morning I went to an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Brussels about the world famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. In my last year of university, I learned about the theoretical basics of photography. Cartier-Bresson played an important role in the history of photography. He was one of the founders of Magnum Photography, an association created by photographers who were looking for very high quality. Until today, only the best photographers can become a member of Magnum. My favorite Belgian Magnum photographer is Carl De Keyzer! But for now, let me tell you what I saw this morning.
Today I show you my impressions of Art Brussels, the contemporary art fair at Brussels Expo. Last year I went for the first time and I really liked it. For this year I received free tickets, so I was curious to discover what’s new. The goal of the art fair is off course to sell art to the visitors. Even if you don’t have a budget to buy anything (like me), it’s still worth taking a look. I especially appreciate the fact that there are many Belgian galleries present, and a lot of young artists. The only thing that can be annoying is the fact that some of the visitors are a bit snobby, like on every art fair. But don’t be bothered by it! I think it’s rather funny how people try to outclass each other :). Art Brussels is only 3 days, so there isn’t much time left to go see for yourself. Let me show you a few of the artists I (re)discovered.
If you walk in the streets of Brussels, you might not immediately see it. But once you start paying attention, you will notice the decorated balconies and the colorful glass details in the facades of many houses. Art Nouveau is very present in the city. Not just in the city center, but also in other parts of the Brussels capital region: Ixelles, Uccle, Jette, Etterbeek, Forest, Saint-Gilles, Schaerbeek and so on. It’s a main attraction for tourists and there are some guided tours that show you the most important buildings, but it’s not for free. Prices go up to €200! I think it’s a lot more fun to discover the houses just by taking a walk in the neighbourhood. It’s not that easy to find a good map of Art Nouveau walking tours online, so we created or own walking tour on Google Maps, based on an Art Nouveau guide we found on VisitBrussels (see attachment below). It takes about 60 minutes walking and for now we just did a part of Ixelles and Saint-Gilles. We still have a lot more te discover.