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.
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
Our neighbour Mazel Galerie informed us about a very interesting initative by Son Seock. In continuation of its series of faces started between 2009 and 2010, the Korean artist Son Seock initiates again the painting of portraits on request.
He is a great admirer of Andy Warhol, who from 1967 until his death in 1987 realized on command, portraits of dozens of personalities, famous or unknown, which handed and honor a neglected genre, applying new codes which deeply mark the history of portraiture.
The aesthetics of Son Seock is different from Pop Art, but the spirit of this gallery of portraits by collectors is inspired by that form of Art.
The representation of faces is “uniform” and formats are standardized, 40 x 40 cm and 50 x 50 cm, making it impossible for any hierarchy between the models as in the works of Andy Warhol.
If you wish the artist creates your portrait, send a photo of you with your eyes closed to Mazel Galerie. So if you want to “Do as Andy” (and want to know the prices details), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or give them a call via +32 (0) 2 850 29 28. Upon receipt of your image and validation it will take 30 days before your portrait is finished.
Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA) this year will take place from 19 to 27 January 2013. This 58th edition will be the host for 128 exhibitors of wich more than twenty are new participants, who will reveal to the public thousands of works of art of all styles, all ages and all backgrounds.
For the 10th time, the BRAFA will take place in the large halls of the mail sorting station of “Tour & Taxis”. The exhibition space comprises a total surface of 15.400 m², spread over room 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the building A. This historical building, located along the Willebroek canal, is a wonderful example of the Belgian industrial architectural heritage (originally used as a storage place for transit merchandise). Situated in the heart of Brussels, the complex is only a few minutes from Place Rogier, the North Station and the tube station Yser.
This year the interior design of the different rooms of the fair will be executed by Nicolas de Liedekerke and Daniel Culot of “Volume Architecture”. Their team will render a unique creative touch to the architecture of this formal sorting centre.
Faithful to its tradition of paying tribute to a great cultural institution in Belgium, the Brafa is hosting this year the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in as Guest of Honour.
For more details: www.brafa.be
Axelle Red is taking over the Fashion Museum in Hasselt! From the 26th of January until the 2nd of June of 2013 this redheaded artist will have her own exhibition called ‘Axelle Red – Fashion Victim’.
The Fashion Museum gives Axelle Red a.k.a. Fabienne Demal carte blanche to tell her own story in which both music and fashion will be highlighted. Throughout the years, it became clear how big her love for fashion was and how badly she wanted to share it on stage (remember the Margiela‘s tabi boots, the jumpsuits and Elvis Pompillio’s hats!).
She teamed up with national and international designers, talented photographers and artists. These cooperations developed into several friendships, for example with Belgian/Paris based designer Veronique Leroy, but also with famous hatter Elvis Pompillio and the New York graphical designer Paul Ritter – who all will contribute to Axelle’s exhibition. Also Didier Vervaeren, artistic director, stylist and professor at La Cambre in Paris, will assist her.
‘Axelle Red – Fashion Victim’ will give an exclusive peak in the private life and garderobe of one of Belgium’s finest singers!
In partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, the Cultural Centre of ING will soon be presenting exceptional creations of Yves Saint Laurent. Most of the pieces in the collection will be displayed for the very first time. Accessories and jewellery, as well as drawings, sketches and other unpublished documents come together to reveal the alchemy of the Saint Laurent style. Not to miss!
Opening dates and times
30.01.2013 – 05.05.2013
Every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Late night opening until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays
Tickets & Info
ING cultural Centre
Mont des Arts/Place Royale, 6
Tel.: +32 2 547 22 92
Fax: +32 2 547 38 00
Bus: 27, 38, 71, 95 (Royale/Koning stop)
Tram: 92, 94 (Royale/Koning stop)
Metro: line 2, 6 (Porte de Namur/Naamsepoort)
Train: Central Station in Brussels
Having already been seen by over 300 000 visitors in Venice (Italy), Lyon (France) and San Francisco, the exhibition “Mariano Fortuny” is finally on display in Brussels since 8th of this November !
For this exhibition, Isabelle de Borchgrave has fashioned over eighty paper creations entirely by hand – clothes, accessories and various ‘trompe l’oeil’ – creating an intriguing journey into the world of Mariano Fortuny.
The exhibition will be designed and organised as a journey through the 5 senses in which the sense of sight, touch, taste, smell and sound will be explored through this invitation to travel.
Don’t miss this playful experience: http://www.isabelledeborchgrave.com./
Until 15th March 2013
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, Closed on Mondays
Atelier Isabelle de Borchgrave (next to Place Flagey)
73A Chaussée de Vleurgat
The Centre for Fine Arts (also known as BOZAR) is hosting a retrospective devoted to Flemish Expressionist Constant Permeke as a tribute to this distinctive Belgian painter and sculptor. Permeke died 60 years ago in Ostend on 4 January 1952. An impressive selection of 130 paintings, drawings and sculptures including a lot of key works, unveil every facet of Permeke’s work: female nudes, his initimate bond with land and sea, and his appreciation for working people with hard lives like fishermen and peasants. Permeke’s contemporary relevance is underlined by New landscapers by Thierry De Cordier and nudes by Marlene Dumas.
Oh, and you can download the BOZAR | PERMEKE iPhone/iPad app for free in the iTunes-store;-)
Details of the Exposition:
Constant Permeke Self Portrait 1940 Collection MuZEE, Ostend. Photographer: Hugo Maertens, Brugge. Copyright SABAM 2012.