Boris Tellegen @ Alice Gallery

Boris Tellegen is a Dutch artist also known as Delta. Delta is the name he used when he became active in the street art scene. Alice Gallery is currently presenting his work and since I love art with a street background, I really wanted to see it. Before I tell you something more about the artist, let’s see some pictures. 

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Akram Haissoufi : Après les murs

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Hello! I was thinking of going to the BRAFA art fair this weekend, but when I saw the entrance fee on their website, I thought it was better to go for plan B. I asked myself ‘how can I see great art in Brussels for free?’ You would be surprised of the possibilities! I decided to go see the exhibition of Akram Haissoufi at Espace Magh, rue du Poinçon 17 (close to Central station). 

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I assume Akram Haissoufi is a relatively unknown artist, because there is not much information about him online. All I can tell you so far is that he’s a visual artist and film maker from Morocco. The expo ‘Après les murs’ tells the story of people who leave their country to get a better life in another country. It’s about crossing borders and bumping into walls (both real and metaphorical). Being able to leave your country is a human right written in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s not easy to get across the borders and people are often labeled as ‘illegal‘. The artist also refers to the fact that the new country is probably very different from what they had imagined.  He represents their mental journey during this process. Today thousands of refugees are crossing boarders in search for a better life, so with that in mind I took a look at the paintings.

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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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Kathryn Andrews @ Gladstone Gallery

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Hello everyone! I saw a work of KATHRYN ANDREWS earlier this year at Art Brussels, only I didn’t know her name at the moment. When I checked out some artists exposing in Brussels this month, I googled her name and immediately recognized her work. Take a look at the picture you see above and then at this one here. The shiny mirror-like materials are the same, combined with very colorful elements that make you think about summer and holidays.

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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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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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Foodmet Anderlecht

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This morning I went to the Foodmet in Anderlecht, also known as the Abattoir. I went there before, more than 10 years ago, when it wasn’t called Foodmet yet. Back than, I remember being amazed by the big amount of foreign products and the multicultural crowd. Living in Brussels for several years now, I’m used to this multicultural side of the city, and yet this morning I was still amazed!

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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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Spotted in Brussels: quotes

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In the past few months, I took a picture every time I saw a quote in the city. By now I have a big collection that I want to share with you from time to time. This first quote was found close to Recyclart and it’s my favorite one. “Si tu me dis encore une fois que je suis charmante, JE T’ARRACHE LES COUILLES” 🙂 . Meaning: If I hear you say one more time that I’m charming, I will cut your balls off.

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