Baza(a)r Belg(i)ë

Last week, I got to go to Claude Blondeel’s Baza(a)r Belg(i)ë exhibition at the Centrale in the centre of Brussels. The renowned art and culture critic celebrates his retirement with an exhibition, showing a 100 Belgian art pieces – the best ones according to him, as well as a book “Baza(a)r Belg(i)ë” and a CD, where he guides you through his imaginary museum. By using different mediums (pictures, quotes, art works, videos) you get an insight into modern pieces – from art to cinema, photography, literature and architecture.

The exhibition is definitely worth a visit, all of these works come from different museums and private collections. Here are the things that I liked a lot (without giving too much away)…

This quote and drawing by Félicien Rops, one of the first pieces when entering – “Mon âme est enfermée dans mon corps come un tigre affamé dans une cage en acier et mes terribles passions rugissent comme lui…”.

An installation by Benoît van Innis (“Ma bibliothèque imaginaire”) and others, including Panamarenko and Bervoets.

The exhibition will be until September 29 2013 at the Centrale (Place Sainte Catherine 44, 1000 Brussels).

He will also be presenting a selection of films – “Belgorama” at Cinematek during september – check their site for more – there are two I’ll definitely go to: Couleur Chair by François Weyergans (with Bianca Jagger and Dennis Hopper) and Naughty boys by Eric de Kuyper.

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