From May 8 until May 19 music & fashion lovers can enjoy the exhibition “Hard Rock Couture” at the Musical Instruments Museum (= mim) in Brussels. This free expo is an initiative by Hard Rock Café, and it shows some really amazing, wild and historical costumes from the Hard Rock collection like for example the iconical golden corset by Jean Paul Gaultier, that Madonna was wearing for ‘Like a Virgin‘ during her ‘Blonde Ambition’ tour in 1990. But also the red leather vest of Michael Jackson from his videoclip ‘Beat It‘, and Freddy Mercury‘s outfit from Queen‘s Jazz tour in 1978. The collection really shows a unique part of music history, and gives music and fashion fans a chance to discover this story from a very short distance.
Hard Rock Couture – Copyright Getty Images
But the exhibition doesn’t only contain costumes from the past. There are also outfits by contemporary artists like Lady Gaga, The Killers, Shakira, Katy Perry and many others.
More info via www.hardrock.com
Art Brussels is a contemporary art fair with a very good reputation. It is said to be Europe’s leading cutting-edge contemporary art fair. The edition of 2013 takes place from the 18th until the 21st of April at Brussels Expo with more than 2000 artists (international well-known names as well as promising young talents), and 187 participating contemporary art galleries from all over the world. Gallery-wise their are 3 different sections:
- “Gallery” section for the established galleries
- “Young Talent” section with galleries that mainly promote young artists
- “First Call“: 14 young galleries with unique artistic offerings who are participating in the fair for the 1st time upon invitation by the First Call Committee
A must-see event for all art lovers!
More information: www.artbrussels.be
The 15th Edition of the famous Brussels Design Market will open its doors on the 20th and the 21st of April, a not to miss event with something interesting for everybody.
What may you expect:
A bubbly event located in the magnificent, historic setting of the old harbour station at Tour & Taxis.
Exceptional furniture and design objects from the 50ies until early 80ies exhibited by professionals as well as dedicated amateurs mainly coming from Europe. However you might also discover some Scandinavian and American treasures.
This year there will also be luxurious antique dealers present, and the organisation has foreseen a special exhibition “Adjugé”. During this exhibition some unique pieces of Belgian postwar designs will be showcased.Last but not least, the Brussels Oldtimer Market, an official partner of Brussels Design Market 2013 will show and sell about 100 beautiful oldtimers.
Saturday, April 20: Entry 20 €
Preview day: dealers, dedicated amateurs and collectors
from 14h00 – 17h00
Sunday, April 21 : Entry 5 €
Open to general public from 9h00 – 17h00
Tour & Taxis, avenue due Port, 86c, 1000 Brussels
Register and get a free entrance for April 21st, 2013!
For more information:
+32(0) 2 349 35 95
From 22 March to 1 September 2013, Brussels Major Events Exhibition welcomes the touring exhibition Da Vinci – The Genius in the Brussels Stock Exchange. Presented for the very first time in Belgium, this exposition is the most complete overview ever created around his work. To this day, the event has already attracted more than 4 million visitors in 45 cities throughout the world.
In Brussels you will admire more than 200 fascinating objects created or envisioned by Leonardo Da Vinci displayed over 1.200m² of exhibition space: identical replicas of his works of art, 75 life-size three-dimensional machines created especially for the exhibition (bicycle, robot, flying machine, catapult, tank, submarine…), the secrets of the Mona Lisa, a 50 minute film on the Florentine master… and the possibility to touch and handle a good many of the items on display.
Lubna Azabal in a Splendour Suite @ The Hotel. Brussels
We are very proud that Belgian Actress Lubna Azabal and photographer Kris Dewitte selected one of our Splendour Suites as the location for a photoshoot related to her new film Goodbye Morocco by Nadir Mokneche, currently playing in movie theatres.
In 1997 Lubna played her first role in a short film J’adore le cinéma by director Vincent Lannoo. Afterwards she played about 20 roles in movies, amongst them a main role in 2004 together with Cathérine Deneuve in Changing Times.. In 2005 she received a remarkable main role as Suha in the Palestinian Political Thriller Paradise Now by Hany Abu-Assad. This movie was nominated as best foreign movie for the Academy Awards/Oscars and received a Golden Globe for best non English spoken movie, as well as different other awards. In 2008 she played together with Leonardo Dicaprio in Body of Lies, a movie by Ridley Scott. Lubna received the Black Pearl Award 2010 for Best Actress for the Canadian mystery drama film Incendies by Denis Villeneuve at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival as well as the Margritte for best actress, and was the overall winner of the national film awards in Canada. The movie Incendies also received a nomition for best foreign movie at the Academy Awards 2011. In 2010, she received a role, next to Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave in Coriolanus, the directioral debut of Ralph Fiennes with his film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
Yves Saint Laurent A Visionary
As of now you can discover the unique “Yves Saint Laurent – A Visionary” exhibition at the ING Cultural Centre and spend a night in style at The Hotel. In January we wrote a post about this exceptional exhibition organised by the Cultural Centre of ING and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. We visited the exhibition ourselves, and loved it sooooo much that we created a package in partnership with the organizers of the exhibition: your stay includes breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi, as well as two entrances to the exhibition and one visitors’ catalogue. Enjoy!
Yves Saint Laurent – A Visionary
- Superior Room
- Breakfast included
- Parking included
- Free, unlimited Wi-Fi
- 2 tickets to YSL exhibition
- 1 visitor’s catalogue
- 1 night = € 210 per room per night
- 2 nights = € 195 per room per night
- only valid on Friday / Saturday / Sunday
> Book via www.thehotel.be/YSL
The Designs of the Year awards, ‘The Oscars of the design world‘ showcases the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. Category winners and the overall winner will be decided by a jury and announced to the public on 17 April 2013. The nominees are selected by a panel of industry experts – with a selection of the “most original and exciting designs” to go on display at the Design Museum from March 20 to July 7, 2013.
Christian Dior, Giles and Prada are among the brands shortlisted for the Design Museum’s 2013 Designs of the Year award. Among them, the Belgian Raf Simons and the design duo Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen. The labels face fierce competition from the costumes of Anna Karenina - as worn by Keira Knightley and designed by Jacqueline Durran.
Restaurant AUB.SVP - which means please – (= Dutch + French abbreviation) opened it’s doors on the 12th of January in the former entrance of Cinéma de la Monnaie.
AUB.SVP serves breakfast and lunch based on the concept “pain-ture“. “Pain” is French for bread, and the entire word “Painture” means painting. Expect a variety of dishes on a plate supported by special bread-combinations (for example with lime, with beer, …) and every plate will tell it’s own story. A nice dessert is also an option. The menu of this restaurant is limited to 5 options for breakfast, lunch & dessert to make sure to put quality before quantity.
Creative souls behind this concept are:
- Kenny Bernaerts, creative chef of Yves Mattagne & Master Chef VTM
- Yves Guns, best artisan baker of Brussels
- Willy Grieten, Gip-food for artisan & natural touches
- Bart Lens, Architect
The decor of AUB.SVP isn’t common at all. Architect Bart collected wooden waiters in the Sablon area to tell customers with a wink that they can expect an excellent service. Rustic walls, tables & newspaper clippings refer to the tumultuous history of this building: in the 19th Century a jeweller and a photoshop were located here, and in 1930 it became the entrance for Cinéma de la Monnaie. The eyecatcher wall inscription on the outside, still refers to this period.
We’re looking forward to the 1st reviews!
More info: www.aub-svp.be
Goyard has always had a special relationship with writing and writers. Goyard has always had repeatedly paid tribute to the rich bounds that have long united literature and travels, notably through a selection of timeless travel accessories (all celebrating a certain art of travelling in style). The state of the art writing instrument was named after the Morvan village the Goyards originate from.
Goyard introduced its crème de la crème firts luxury pen: the Clamecy. The Clamecy also conveys a sense of exclusivity that is one of Goyard’s core values: each pen is engraved with a specific record number, which will be noted upon purchase in a special registry book kept in our boutique at 352, rue Saint-Honoré, the only Goyard outlet in the world where to find the Clamecy.
New rooms ask for new amenities: The Hotel has chosen for bath products from C.O. Bigelow: the oldest apothecary in America founded in 1838 in New York’s Greenwich Village.
We just love this brand as well as their website where they present C.O. Bigelow’s history through a timeline featuring US Presidents. The Hotel is the only hotel in Europe that offers C.O. Bigelow bath products to guests.
To try these great products you can either book a new room at The Hotel… or just answer a simple question (by clicking on ‘leave a reply’ below this article):
Why should you win an XL set of C.O. Bigelow Bath Products?