Superheroes Never Die. Comics and Jewish Memories
How are superheroes born? Through more than two hundred works, the exhibition ‘Superheroes Never Die. Comics and Jewish Memories’ tells the story of how the American comic strip is interweaved, from its conception to the present day, with the turbulence of History.
On the day before the outbreak of the Second World War, a generation of American Jewish cartoonists, who were so anxious to assimilate that they disguised their foreign-sounding surnames, created the most famous superheroes: Batman, Superman, Captain America, and Spiderman. Almost a century later, these superheroes are still pivotal figures in our modern cultures. While the causes they defend have changed, the issues of identity and integration, which were already being tackled in the 1930s, are still touched on by them. Because a society in crisis will always need superheroes.
This exhibition has been produced in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.
Emmanuel Lepage L'Explorateur
Far from the image of a lonely author living in an attic, Emmanuel Lepage, originally from Brittany, evokes the artist with a lust for travel, encounters, discoveries and sharing. He takes his readers away to South America through La Terre sans mal and Muchacho, then proceeds to report on his discovery of Antarctica. After that, his works included Voyages aux Îles de la Désolation, Un Printemps à Tchernobyl and la Lune est blanche. His love of escapism and his curiosity in the world and people combine to create a work of great finesse and sensitivity, full of excitement, intensity and humanity. His sumptuous colours and stories take you to a fascinating universe which invites you to see the world differently.
Sophie Whettnall & Etel Adnan. La banquise, la forêt et les étoiles.
A poetic dialogue between two artists; two generations of women. An immersion into their intimate and personal view of the landscape, light, and their transparencies. Inspired buy the architecture of the CENTRALE, the Brussels’ artist Sophie Whettnall presents a project that combines video, performance, installations and drawings. Using a subtle aesthetic, her work, which is sensitive yet powerful, is based on a dialectical tension and an attempt to make contradictory concepts speak to each other: softness and sensuality, yin and yang, femininity and masculinity...As is the norm for exhibitions of local artists held at the CENTRALE, Sophie Whettnall was asked to choose an international artist to exhibit alongside her. She chose the painter, writer and poet Etel Adnan. Whettnall’s evocation of nature (sea ice, forests and stars) and light merges with the warmth of Adnan’s flatly painted landscapes in shimmering colours, to match the world’s intangible beauty.
Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960-Today
Nightclubs and discotheques are the epicentre of the pop culture. Since the 1960s, these places have been home to the avant-garde, questioning norms and creating alternative realities. Because of this, many discos have become completely modern works of art, mixing interior architecture and furniture design, art and graphic printing, light and music, fashion and performance, like never before. Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today is the first exhibition to be devoted to a complete international history of discotheque design and culture. Among the exhibits are the Italian clubs from the 1960s, created by leading figures in radical design, the legendary Studio 54, where Andy Warhol was a regular and Ben Kelly’s le Haçienda in Manchester, up to the design by architecture firm OMA for the Ministry of Sound in London. Alongside furniture, models and fashion, the exhibition includes rare film documentaries and graphic designs, as well as modern works by artists and photographers such as Mark Leckey, Chen Wei or Musa N. Nxumalo.
The World of Bruegel in Black and White
Everyone knows Bruegel as a world-famous painter, but in his own time, he was best known for his prints. 'The World of Bruegel in Black and White' exhibition is the chance to admire Bruegel's prints up close. KBR is a leading pioneer in rediscovering Bruegel's lesser-known masterpieces. Their complete print collection is going to be shown during the year of Bruegel. Three original drawings by the Flemish master will also be on display. It's a unique opportunity! Around 450 years ago, during the 16th century, Flanders was the center of print production and trade. Bruegel and his publisher, Hieronymus Cock, played a key role in this period. THeir masterful craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit are at the heart of the exhibition. The exhibition will also take you through the rooms at the Palace of Karel van Lotharingen, a unique 18th-century space in the heart of Brussels.
DREAM BOX Artistes: Felipe Pantone (ES), Hell’O (BE), Escif (ES), Elzo Durt (BE), Gogolplex (FR) Curators: Alice van den Abeele, Raphaël Cruyt. Dates: From 1/2/19 - 1/9/19. Enter the magical universe of DREAM BOX. Test the limits of your senses and the force of your imagination. In order of appearance, the illusions are: Elzo Durt’s psychedelic box, the phantasmagorical world of Hell’O, the music of Escif, Felipe Pantone’s optical illusions and the survey of Imabelpro Eurostom, by Gogolplex.
War Occupation Liberation
War - Occupation - Liberation: the biggest exhibition in Belgium on the Second World War. On 9 May 2019, at its main premises in the Royal Army Museum, the War Heritage Institute opened a new, permanent exhibition devoted to Belgium and the Second World War. The launch took place during the programme commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium. More than 1,000 collectors’ items spread over 1,500m² give an overview of an important part of our country’s history. In a surprising and innovative way, this new space rounds off the existing exhibition covering the period between the two world wars and the beginning of the Second World War. This has been on display for several years in the Royal Army Museum, and has now been given a fresh makeover. The impressive Bordiau Hall gives visitors a real insight into military history in Belgium and Europe between 1919 and 1945 (in total, more than 2,000 collectors’ items spread over 3,000 m²).
Beautiful Lace & Carine Gilson (10.07.2019 - 19.04.2020)
Through this new exhibition, the Brussels’ designer unveils what inspires her: from the Garden of Eden to Japanese-inspired kimonos, by way of art nouveau and the works of famous artists. She talks about her encounters and collaborations with high-calibre craftsmen. She describes the process of creating her luxurious and stylish pieces. The codes of her Maison are outlined in filigree. This is because, as with every Maison de Couture, a unique DNA characterises her three decades of creation. Beautiful Lace & Carine Gilson offers an astonishing encounter between two key moments for lace: for 200 years, Brussels’ lace has had the world’s creme de la creme at its fingertips. For 30 years, Carine Gilson has created couture lingerie in Brussels, combining silk and lace.
Brancusi. Sublimeren van vorm
After a controversial edition focused on Indonesia (2017), the EUROPALIA arts festival joined forces with Romania in 2019, a host country with a fascinating history and a exciting cultural scene. EUROPALIA also celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. The spectacular exhibition on Constantin Brancusi in Bozar was the centerpiece of EUROPALIA ROMANIA. When it comes to music, the performing arts, cinema and literature, EUROPALIA explored the rich Romanian culture and traditions, encouraged new collaborations between Belgian, Romanian and international artists, and put emerging talent in the spotlight.
Le Dernier Pharaon
From the end of May 2019 to January 2020 the Maison Autrique welcomed the exhibition "Le Dernier Pharaon". The exhibition, dedicated to the last comic strip of François Schuiten, showed preparatory documents, original plates and some museum pieces of Egyptology. It was an opportunity to glimpse François Schuiten's collaboration with Thomas Gunzig and Jaco Van Dormael for the script and with Laurent Durieux for the colour. Beyond a simple hanging, this presentation of the Last Pharaoh and the genesis of the album aims above all to immerse the visitor in the world of François Schuiten, whose heroes now include Edgar P. Jacobs. Brussels architecture meets ancient Egypt, the new world gives a new light to the Blake and Mortimer of the Golden Age. Parallel to the exhibition, we proposed a series of conferences that dealt themes addressed in the exhibition. In addition, a family activity, the Atelier Autrique, was proposed every second Sunday of the month from June to January, a guided tour followed by a creative workshop adapted to the whole family. A special moment to create a comic strip cover inspired by the album "Le Dernier Pharaon". We also edited a children's activity trail in French, Dutch and English for the exhibition "The Last Pharaoh".
So British! Cars & Lifestyle
The exhibition “So British! Cars & lifestyle” has been organised at a critical moment in English politics. Autoworld was completely transformed into a typical London Christmas Shopping atmosphere. Scenery that was particularly realistic was created, with backdrops more than 5m high showing photos of the English capital. With this, the visitor appeared to come out of an Underground station to find themselves in Piccadilly Circus, with its massive advertising videos. Further afield, they crossed Abbey Road. There, they entered its mewses, or a square of amazing Victorian houses. The shop windows were full of all kinds of English products. Visitors can take unique photos in the photocorner and/or have a drink in the bar next to the fountain in Piccadilly Circus. Everywhere, along the streets, in the squares and the mewses... Nearly 60 historic British cars and motorbikes tell the story of the English motor vehicle since the second world war. Detailed research has gone into the cars, so as to be able to showcase long-gone vehicles and makes, cars that will ignite your imagination, everyday cars and exceptional supercars, to the public. In the Media room, visitors can watch an old film that we have been able to put together with the support of international museums in England, which provided the material to be used.