L’envol, 2016, by Fabrice Samyn
Fabrice Samyn is a Brussels artist who lives and works in the capital. I think I saw one of his art works at Art Brussels this year, but I am not sure. It was sort of by accident that I discovered his exhibition at Meessen De Clercq during the Brussels Gallery Weekend. I was actually looking for another gallery to visit that day. As you might have noticed by now, I only write about artists or exhibitions that I liked. I very much appreciated the work of Fabrice Samyn, so I thought I should write about him as well.
White Snow, Thumper 1, by Paul McCarthy, 2014-2016
The American artist Paul McCarthy is currently exposing in Brussels! The first time I read something about him was when I did some research for my thesis on public art. Do you know his statue called ‘Santa Claus‘? It’s a huge gnome holding something in his hand that looks like a buttplug. The statue was moved around several times in Rotterdam because a lot of citizens didn’t want it in their neighborhood. They were too shocked by the image. Paul McCarthy also did performances that were often perceived as shocking. For example, one time he showed his buttocks all covered in chocolate sauce! Yummie.
As you know, Brussels has a lot to offer when it comes to modern and contemporary art. The New York Times even wrote that Brussels is the new Berlin because it attracts a lot of international artists. You can find the full article here. In the past months I visited several exhibitions and art galleries. I didn’t have time to see everything on my list, but these are the 3 exhibitions I think you shouldn’t miss:
1. I BELGI. BARBARI E POETI
If there is one thing we Belgians can be proud of, it’s that we have a lot of artists that made it in the international art world. From the modern masters like Permeke, Magritte, Broodthaers, Spilliaert or Alechinsky, to the new generation like Koen Vanmechelen, Berlinde De Bruyckere or even Hell’o Monsters. The exhibition focuses on the barbaric, unique, crazy, poetic, playful and unusual work of these Belgian artists. Think about dancing skeletons, a tattooed Jesus or a face made of little plastic soldiers. I love it! See more pictures and video’s here. You can visit the expo until 24 January 2016 in the Vanderborght building in Brussels.
The Brussels museums are slowly reopening their doors, so I can finally tell you about an exhibition worth visiting: MYSTIC TRANSPORT @ the Centrale For Contemporary Art. In the context of the Europalia Arts Festival, whose focus is on Turkey, the Centrale invited the Brussels artist Koen Theys & the Turkish artist Gülsün Karamustafa. The result is an interesting mix of cultures. I would say that the expo is about how to live as an individual in a society with different cultures, that is constantly changing.
Corner pieces, Koen Theys. There are many of these green ‘humps’ in the exhibition space. They have like little heads that are watching us. It makes me thinks of some kind of bacteria that can infect us all if we are not careful 🙂 .
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.
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.