Flowertime: five days of flowery summer magic in the heart of Brussels! Around 100,000 flowers, more than 20 top Belgian florists, 13 magnificent historical locations, three flower and vegetable carpets on the Grand-Place, a host of culinary gems with flowers and fruit... those were the ingredients for the third edition of Flowertime.
This biannual floral art event took place on the Grand-Place and in Brussels’ City Hall from 11 to 15 August 2017. With more than 15,000 visitors to the City Hall, and many more on the Grand-Place, the ‘little sister’ of the famous flower carpet confirmed Brussels’ place as flower capital of Europe.
Flowertime didn’t just bring together the best of floral art and cultural heritage. The five-day floral art event also succeeded in bringing a very diverse public to our capital.
Art is Comic
For its third exhibition, MIMA is bringing together the artists Brecht Vandenbroucke, Mon Colonel & Spit, Brecht Evens, HuskMitNavn, Jean Jullien and Joan Cornellà as part of Art is Comics, an upbeat riposte to the Brussels attacks. Let's keep laughing without imprisoning ourselves in any rigid, moralising postures. "Be cool, don't care about a thing" is the spirit that inspired the exhibition curators to invite unusual artists with a variety of viewpoints and a different sense of humour. Through their figurative works, the six artists depict human comedy and advocate a more cosmopolitan society. Gathered together in one single space, the aesthetic and the statement shared by the artists flout the different artistic domains they have emerged from, including comics, plastic arts and illustration. At a time when artists are sharing their work on the social media, creative domains are on the same equal footing.
POISON, an infectiously curious exhibition!
POISON is a family exhibition outside the norm, a remarkable event that brings together in the same place almost 100 living specimens (from the minute to the enormous), distributed across the 24 terrariums and in the glass box of the handler.
It also offers a chance to discover the work of their handler, Guillem, from Barcelona, who has been caring for them during their 11-month stay at the Museum. His job was to care for and feed them and plan their reproduction programmes…
Explanations, videos and collection specimens support and supplement the four themes of the exhibition: "What is poison?" "A precious substance", "Poisonous animals" and "In pharmacopeia".
Baudelaire > < Bruxelles
Towards the end of his life, Charles Baudelaire spent two years in Brussels, from 1864 to 1866. A period of bitterness, illness and deprivation that led the author of Flowers of Evil to write an aggressive and brazen pamphlet not published during his lifetime against Belgium and above all Brussels. Troubling for admirers of the poet and for Belgians alike, Poor Belgium! was the subject of few studies.
The exhibition presented at the Maison du Roi proposes an exploration of the poet's pamphlet and other writings during his extended stay with us. All of which invites you to visit the Belgian capital from the 1860s, with Baudelaire as your guide: Brussels from the end of the reign of Leopold I, the Senne, black soap and early photographs. While the historical meeting between Baudelaire and Brussels did not happen then, it will finally happen 150 years later, not only thanks to the exhibition, but also to the large number of related events: readings, conferences, poetry.
The World of Steve McCurry
The World of Steve McCurry exhibition presented more than 200 large-format photos at the Stock Exchange of Brussels. It is the broadest and most complete retrospective dedicated to the great American photographer. An opportunity to admire his most famous photos, taken over a 35-year career, as well as his most recent shots and a host of unpublished photos. Every single one of Steve McCurry's images, the majority of which are famous all over the world, captures a complex universe of experiences and emotions.
The exhibition, designed by Biba Giacchetti, offers a long journey through The World of Steve McCurry, from Afghanistan to India, from South-East Asia to Africa, from Cuba to the United States, from Brazil to Italy, through his vast and fascinating body of images, where the Human Being is always the main protagonist, albeit not always explicitly so.
Pierre & Gilles. Chiaroscuro.
The Pierre et Gilles exhibition. Chiaroscuro presented around 80 flagship works from the late 1970s to today, regrouped in thematic areas. From Madonna to Stromae, from Sylvie Vartan to Kylie Minogue and from Yves Saint Laurent to Marc Jacobs, popular and iconic figures from recent decades took part in delightful role games either in their viewfinder or under their paintbrush. The resulting image reveals the range of talent with Pierre et Gilles, a duo who have succeeded in marrying stylistic design with constant renewal – the mark of great artists. The chiaroscuro perspective that lends its name to the exhibition casts light on the entertaining effervescence so well known from their work, while also underlining the more solemn side of their universe, which makes it so relevant today. Above all, this retrospective aims to explore the essential place occupied by these artists on the contemporary art scene.
Islam, it is also our history!
"Islam, it is also our history"! is an exhibition about civilisation that explores the traces left behind by Muslim civilisation on European soil over their 13 centuries here. The exhibition is organised around three heritages – Arab, Ottoman and Colonial – before offering a view of Islam in the Europe of today. The project shows the past history of the relations and breaks down the prejudices and offers keys for understanding so that, through past knowledge of the dimensions of the relationship between Europe and Islam, the Belgian and European positioning of identity and coexistence comes about in a more relaxed manner, while rejecting religious violence. It is about helping European Muslims and non-Muslims gain a finer appreciation of their common cultural roots and cultivate their shared citizenship.
Asterix in Belgium
An entertaining exhibition about the discovery of the Northern Gauls.
At the peak of their artistic powers, Goscinny and Uderzo decided one day to tell the story of the adventures of Asterix among the Belgians. Never mocking, the two authors take sly pleasure in taking apart the habits and customs of the country for which they professed a genuine affection since beginning their shared career here a quarter of a century earlier (1951). On the cover of this album to which the Comics Art Museum has dedicated a fun exhibition, the famous quote taken from Julius Caesar's War with the Gauls, "Of all the people of Gaul, the Belgians are the bravest…", is the driving force behind the story. Something to annoy the inhabitants of a little village in Armorica peopled by invincible Gauls. To salute the publication of this "historical" work, which sees the mingling of Nervii and Menapii, the birth of Brussels and express post, waterzooi and pommes frites, the Comics Art Museum has devised a fun exhibition where everyone can measure their level of 'Belgitude'…
American Dream Cars & Bikes – The golden years
Every two years, the Autoworld museum organises a major international exhibition on a topic related to the automobile that highlights a specific era told through exceptional vehicles rarely seen together. The American Dream Cars & Bikes exhibition offers visitors a chance to experience the atmosphere of America in the 50s to 70s. The visit begins by boarding the interior of a giant aircraft. On the other side of the aircraft door, the exhibition is revealed: more than 45 exceptional vehicles from the 1950–60s and around fifteen legendary Harley-Davidsons exhibited around a reconstructed drive-in, a period gas station and a film showing clips from films depicting American cars. In the background, a Route 66 backdrop shows other cars. A skyline illuminates the contrasting background. At the drive-in diner, the visitor can even have a milk-shake and eat popcorn.
Pompeii : the Immortal City
The Musée de l’Europe non-profit organisation, in collaboration with Tempora and its Italian partner Civita, have set up an exceptional exhibition in Brussels about the history of Pompeii called "Pompeii: the Immortal City". The volcano eruption that destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii in the year 79 AD was catastrophic for its habitants. But it has proved a stroke of luck for us: in fact, it offers a first-hand experience of the lives of these men and women, as if they were still living alongside us, almost 2000 years later. Not only did the eruption set their existence in stone, but also their way of life, which you will discover in the exhibition: the animals and plants, the city surroundings, the farms, building techniques, sourcing water, measures of time and distances… What this exhibition explores is a city at work, where everyone is active: artisans, farmers, architects, doctors, surveyors, masons, metalworkers and cattle farmers. A city that rustles, moves and lives…. Far removed from the notion of a dead city.
Private Choices, 11 Brussels contemporary art collections
Collectors are essential for artists. Some of them are art market professionals. Others collect for the pleasure of living among works of art. Others express a need to possess art even if it is to remain packaged in a warehouse. In all cases, whatever their motivations, a sudden passion takes hold. In Brussels, they make a contribution to the international reputation of our capital in contemporary art. The CENTRALE is today staging an exhibition to pay tribute to those impassioned men and women who do not hesitate to take risks and invest in fresh creation: Private Choice is the chance to discover fragments from 11 Brussels collections, bringing together works by established and new .national and international artists The exhibition does not claim to be complete and does not present the collections according to any form of hierarchy. Through the choices made in collaboration with the collectors, what is on display is a part of their vision of art.
Brussels is a Plaizier
What did Brussels look like 50 years ago? From June to September BOZAR took you back in time with an exhibition about the Plaizier publishing house. Since 1977 this Brussels publishing house has built up an image library including vintage postcards, prints, calendars and books. Architectural gems and urban transformations were superbly represented, while objects reflected the particular trajectory of two editors Wijnand and Mieke Plaizier. Their love for the Belgian capital became evident in each illustration. In addition to their purely documentary value, the photos bore witness to the way in which the people of Brussels remember and cherish their city, thus lending form to the collective memory. Let's all share our favourite parts of Brussels #itsmyplaizier
Sofitel Brussels Europe: Cultural player in the European Quarter
At the heart of the European quarter, the Sofitel Brussels Europe made art shine in the daily lives of Brussels people by organising regular exhibitions. In spring 2017, the Sofitel hosted a temporary exhibition retracing the genesis of the monumental work created on the highest building of Place Jourdan: a symbol of European unity, the painting measuring 16 m high by 7 m wide is the work of Guillaume BOTTAZZI and forms part of the Brussels-Capital heritage. This painting, inspired by the techniques of the Flemish artist Van Eyck, is one of the first abstract works painted in this format in the style of the Old Masters. The work was produced at the request of the Etterbeek Commune, in partnership with the European Commission and the support of the French Embassy. A work and exhibition with a direct link to the renovation of Place Jourdan planned for 2018, with the shades of the painting reflected in street furniture.