Belgium

Museums

Brussels: World’s “last” colonial gallery gets reboot

Brussels: World’s “last” colonial gallery gets reboot

Posted November 4th, 2013

Africa, Belgium, Museums

The world’s “last” colonial gallery, Brussels’ dusty Royal Museum of Central Africa, closes this month to re-emerge with a new vision of the continent more than a half-century after the independence of the former Belgium Congo. Claire Rosemberg reports for AFP: “Set to reopen in… Read More

Surrealism

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938

Posted October 1st, 2013

Art History, Belgium, Shows, Surrealism

This new exhibition at the is the first to focus exclusively on the breakthrough Surrealist years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images. Beginning in 1926, when Magritte first aimed to create paintings that would, in his words, “challenge… Read More

Renaissance

The High Art of the Low Countries

The High Art of the Low Countries

Andrew Graham-Dixon shows how the art of Renaissance Flanders evolved from the craft of precious tapestries within the Duchy of Burgundy into a leading painting school in its own right. Starting his journey at the magnificent altarpiece of Ghent Cathedral created by the Van Eyck… Read More

Shows

Jan Brueghel the Elder at Alte Pinakothek in Munich

Jan Brueghel the Elder at Alte Pinakothek in Munich

Posted March 21st, 2013

Belgium, Old Masters, Shows

Jan Brueghel the Elder is considered one of the most important Flemish painters of the early 17th century along with Peter Paul Rubens. Unlike his brother Pieter, who orientated himself closely on the works of his famous father, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jan developed his… Read More

Public Art

pit – art in public space

pit – art in public space

Posted September 26th, 2012

Belgium, Contemporary Art, Public Art

pit, a project of Z33 – house for contemporary art, brings art in the public space of Borgloon-Heers, Belgium. The artworks in the landscape make passers-by and visitors look differently at the surroundings. After all, the landscape contains many stories that are not always immediately… Read More

Videos

Magritte Documentary with music by Roger Waters

Magritte Documentary with music by Roger Waters

Posted August 31st, 2012

Belgium, Documentaries, Music, Surrealism, Videos

We got a late-seventies documentary about the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte with music composed and performed by Pink Floyd’s one and only Roger Waters. This was found by a reader of boingboing.net who wrote: “If you are hankering for your fix of ‘early to… Read More

Videos

ARTtube – Art and Design in the Netherlands and Belgium

ARTtube – Art and Design in the Netherlands and Belgium

Posted August 27th, 2012

Belgium, Media, Netherlands, Videos

ARTube, a collective video channel for art and design in the Netherlands and Belgium, was launched on July 5. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, M HKA in Antwerp, Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, De Pont in Tilburg and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam will publish programs… Read More

Videos

Peter De Cupere: Olfactory Art

Peter De Cupere: Olfactory Art

Posted May 15th, 2012

Belgium, Performances, Videos

“Belgian artist De Cupere creates smell installations, scent sculptures, olfactory performances, smell-movies and scented painting. He generates a sort of meta-sensory experience that goes beyond purely seeing or smelling. He started playing with, and noticing, fragrances as a child, fearing that he would lose his… Read More

Videos

Kaspar Hamacher – Simplicity: Nature, balance me

Kaspar Hamacher – Simplicity: Nature, balance me

Posted February 27th, 2012

Belgium, Design, Talks, Videos

Belgium designer Kaspar Hamacher creates furniture that range from chairs to shelves. Using nature as a source of inspiration he aims to design simple pieces that are not artificially produced. Included in his current collection are ‘the stool’, ‘the leather belt’ and ‘the board’. The… Read More