October 19, 2017

To live, breathe, eat and drink on water in the city.

 The "mini living breathe' installation, at the occasion of the Brussels Design Days in September, near Place St Catherine, Brussels 
 "An island in a large water feature on the Vismet in the centre of Brussels which encloses a large round sharing table for inhabitants to use. The installation uses its own natural materials to filter and clean the surrounding air in order to revitalize the people and the city. This piece of work embodies the idea of shared city living within a compact footprint"
http://designseptember.be/project2016-uk-480-18.html

October 09, 2017

The Viaduct by Paul Delvaux -

  Photo by Graham
 Museum Thyssen - Madrid 

"This work was painted in March 1963, a period in which Delvaux again felt strongly attracted to the subject of trains and stations, which he discovered very early on in his career. Towards 1920, at the time when he was attending the Académie, he got into the habit of painting at the gare du Luxembourg in Brussels. Later, he drew inspiration from the little foresters' station in Boistfort, the borough of Brussels where he lived. Evoking Delvaux's world without referring to trains is impossible, since it is a recurring theme in his work. Here he reveals himself as a painter of reality, of a meticulous reality. In Delvaux, no detail is left to chance, and each element is studied in depth. In fact, he ordered scale models of trains and trams which reigned over his studio, next to a skeleton, another important source of inspiration. That way, every time he wished to do so, he was able to copy them carefully and integrate them in his works. The Viaduct is a very interesting piece, because it gathers in a single, very dense composition, all the elements which constitute the artist's world: the suspended lamps found in his childhood homes, the magical and unusual atmosphere of the stations at nightfall, the mysterious train passing and covering the horizon with its strange smoke, the mirror reflecting another world, another reality. And absence, too. Everything is fixed, inanimate, waiting for an event which does not take place. The work frightens and at the same time fascinates, since it is inhabited by poetry. The houses are lit, but no human being seems to live in them. No life animates this composition constructed like a theatrical scene".
https://www.museothyssen.org/en/collection/artists/delvaux-paul/viaduct

September 30, 2017

Jozef Cantré in Mudel, Deinze


             the curator of the exhibition, Mr Peter  J.H. Pauwels




the catalogue, exceptional, interesting, a treasure 



 by Leon De Smet, 1920


the artist Jozef Cantré at work

The Belgian weather this weekend might offer you the perfect excuse to travel to Mudel,  Deinze's Museum aan de Leie, near Ghent, to admire and enjoy this exceptional exhibition dedicated to artist Jozef Cantré, expressionistic wood engraver and sculpturer. The catalogue by Peter J.H. Pauwels that accompanies this exhibition is itself a work of art - beautiful, evocative, instructive and scientifically documented.
http://www.mudel.be/en



September 20, 2017

Colm Tóibín at Passa Porta in Brussels

The International House of Literature,  Passa Porta,  located in the center of Brussels regularly organises unique encounters and invites writers of national and international renown to talk about their work. I had the great pleasure of listening to Mr Colm Tóibín  yesterday. The author read from his most recent book, House of Names, talked about his oeuvre and answered questions. I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting, fascinating evening. 
See the schedule for the coming season here:http://www.passaporta.be/en/agenda/

September 14, 2017

Brussels Art Deco Birds

Alberto De Fransisco was inspired by the Art Deco birds which This is Belgium published on its Facebook page. Alberto's drawing shows his interpretation of the detail found on a fireplace in a house in Brussels built at the end of the 1920s.

September 13, 2017

A pleasure?

Only a few days left to see "What did Brussels look like 50 years ago? .... Since 1977 this Brussels publishing house 'Plaizier'  has built up an image library including vintage postcards, prints, calendars and books. Architectural gems and urban transformations are all portrayed, together with items that illustrate the resolute path pursued by the publishing couple Wijnand and Mieke Plaizier. Their love for the Belgian capital is evident from every image".  
Baudelaire, on the other hand,  unequivocally voiced his thoughts about Belgium in a rather unflattering way. More on the Baudelaire exhibition in my next post.
http://www.bozar.be/en/activities/124394-brussels-is-a-plaizier

August 17, 2017

Rain and cobblestones

It doesn't always have to be beer and French fries. Cobblestones and rain will sometimes do too.