November 22, 2014

Elvis alive in Belgium

Yesterday happened to turn into an Elvis day :). 
I have no idea what Elvis's photos are doing in the windows of a house in the middle of nowhere. I stopped to take a photo and after I got home I turned on the television to stumble upon a program "Alleen Elvis blijft bestaan" ( Only Elvis is still alive) and thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Belgian Peter Vandermeersch, editor in chief and director of the Dutch newspaper NRC. 

November 17, 2014

Berlinde De Bruyckere








 As announced in my previous post, here we go on the tour of Berlinde De Bruyckere's work , "Sculptures & Drawings 2000-2014", in the Smak museum of Gent. You can see that there is something for every taste and age group. What a great policy to grant total freedom to photographers of all ages and skill levels.
"The exhibition (...) is conceived as a promenade taking in a select choice of drawings, sculptures and installations that bring to light the evolution and nuances of the oeuvre. It combines the core motifs of De Bruyckere’s oeuvre: the vulnerability of man, which is her chief theme, and the suffering body, which is the source of her visual idiom.( ...) The pivotal work is ‘Kreupelhout – Cripplewood’ (2012-13), the monumental installation which has previously only been shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Finally, drawings are an essential part of this exhibition. They are hung in series in the same rooms as the sculptures and enrich the associations and cross-connections that relate all the works to each other".
http://www.smak.be/tentoonstelling.php?la=en&y=&tid=&t=&id=582
http://www.hauserwirth.com/artists/6/berlinde-de-bruyckere/biography/
http://www.hanstheys.be/artists/berlinde_de_bruyckere/

November 14, 2014

Smak museum Gent



I always like to have a valid excuse to visit Gent. 
Have a look at the Smak inside and out,  the Museum of Contemporary Art located at the Jan Hoetplein -recently renamed after one of Gent's most famous men and Belgium's most famous art curators who passed away recently,- before I take you on a tour of Berlinde De Bruyckere exhibition. 

November 12, 2014

Horse milk farm, Els Hattink reporting

pictures by Els Hattink
 Els was taken by surprise on her bike trip through this wonderful country North of Brussels in the vicinity of Meise and Kapelle when she saw a sing for horse milk.
Google is always helpful:
"Nomads and Russian tribes roaming the steppes have been drinking horse milk since time immemorial to invigorate themselves. Slowly but surely, the benefits of the product are gaining wider recognition in western Europe.
Milking a mare starts six weeks after foaling, as soon as the foal learns to be independent of his mother’s udder". 
http://www.paardenmelkerij.info/n/en/horse-milk
http://www.paardenmelkerijdebeck.be/index.php?p=fotos
www.elshattink.net

November 11, 2014

November 08, 2014

Guest Marianne about Vanfleteren in Amsterdam

                                          photos by Biebkriebels
Guestblogger today is Marianne from the Netherlands. She is the blogger behind Biebkriebels @ http://biebkriebels.blogspot.be/2014/11/a-new-wing.html.  
We appreciate her sharing photos of Belgium's Stephan Vanfleteren at the occasion of the first photography exhibition of 20th century works in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
"From 1 November 2014 until 11 January 2015, the exhibition 'Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century' will be the Rijksmuseum’s first ever photography exhibition to showcase the collection of 20,000 20th-century works that it has collected since deciding in 1994 to extend its photographic holdings beyond the 19th century. Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren presents 'Hollandse koppen', a series with numerous portraits he has made of our Dutch neighbours, illustrating the idea that there are no such typical features to be recognised as 'Dutch'."
http://bamart.be/en/news/detail/10498/0/1
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/press/press-releases/rijksmuseum-opens-philips-wing-on-1-november
http://stephanvanfleteren.com/en

November 06, 2014

Guest photographer Hilde

"Mechelen lies on the major urban and industrial axis Brussels-Antwerp, about 25 km from each city. The Dijle flows through the city, hence it is often referred to as the Dijlestad ("City on the river Dijle")"is what Hilde wrote on het blog http://stapjesonderweg.blogspot.be.
I am delighted to show her great black & white photo and introduce you to her work. Enjoy!