Latest Art Exhibitions And Artists In Belgium
Brosella, a summer music festival known for being a little more relaxed than some of its cohorts, will offer jazz and folk performances at Théâtre de la Verdure (that's the outdoor theater in Parc d'Osseghem, near the Atomium) during the weekend of July 11-12. The city of Brussels coordinates and pays for the event, so any visitor hoping to de-stress or discover new favorite artists can stop in to enjoy the music for free — however, those who wish to support the festival can purchase a €5 entry bracelet and use it to get a €1 discount on all drinks served within. (Those, sadly, are not free.) For a full list of acts and other information, visit the festival's official website!
About 2 million people attend this ten-day music and theater festival in Ghent each year, making it one of the largest city-based festivals in all of Europe. This year's program includes old-school rock acts like The Scabs, the theatrical cover band Les Truttes and a special selection of performances for families with young children.
Since its creation in 1893 and subsequent revitalization in 1969, Gentse Feesten has become the center of multiple late July events in the city: visitors who stop by may also enjoy investigating the Ghent Jazz Festival, which will this year feature Lady Gaga and Van Morrison, the International Street Theater Festival (also called MiramirO) and Boomtown, an alternative music festival held in the historic Kouter square. Most of these events are in Dutch, but the Ghent Comedy Festival features a few acts in English each year. We'll keep you updated on specific acts and ticket prices as official venues release more information!
Antipodes Voyages, the 25-year specialist of Australia in Belgium, will be hosting an exclusive trip in September 2015 to Australia. The trip will be guided by Antipodes Voyages owner Marc Lambert, who will show Australian areas only he knows about. One of the highlights of the trip will be journeying to a rainforest to meet koala bears and cassowaries.
Antipodes Voyages also hosts trips in Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Tahiti. The company was founded in 1989 on the basis of a love for Australia and a love for discovery. The company is composed of 9 experts who have all lived and adventured in Australia. The tour company visits such large urban cities as Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
For more information on the September trip or the company, visit its website at www.antipodes.travel.
While it is the capital of Belgium, Brussels is not the only significant city in terms of the fine arts.
Brussels, of course, has institutions such as the Wiels Contemporary Arts Centre, the Argos, the Bozar and other fine galleries, including the Baronian Fancey and Aeroplastic showing a variety of the Belgian and international art.
Meanwhile, when it comes to where the country’s leading artists live and work, it is usually not Brussels, but
rather Antwerp (Luc Tuymans pictured, Jan Fabre, and Panamarenko) and Ghent (Wim Delvoye, Michaël Borremans), or even abroad (Francis Alÿs, in Mexico). Of course, considering that Ghent or Antwerp are less than an hour from Brussels, it does not really seem to matter where these artists are based, from the point of view of their visibility to the audience.
What does matter, however, is that Antwerp after several decades is still a point of reference for progressive art in Europe, and Ghent has also been noted for its support of the cutting edge in contemporary art.
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The Museum for Hedendaagse Kunst was established in 1975 as the first major institution to focus on contemporary art. Its director, Jan Hoet, was already a highly reputed art expert and curator at the time, and has become a legend in the international history of art for the past 40 years, curating, among many others, the 1992 edition of the Documenta in Kassel, Germany.
Hoet’s excellence in his field has been officially recognized, such as becoming Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic, and being knighted by King Albert II of Belgium in 2000.
The service that earned him such distinction included being the visionary leader of the Hedendaagse and its successor, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, SMAK),
which opened in 1999. He held the post of director until 2003 and subsequently became artistic director of the Marta museum in Herford (Germany).
Hoet in Hungary
In 1980, Hoet travelled to Hungary, and selected work by six artists that, in his view, represented the directions, ideas, issues and positions of the avant-garde of that country, using forms of art that were readily accessible to the Western public. This exhibition served as the basis for Joy and Disaster, a
major show of the work of eight of Hungary`s prominent artists today that were on view at SMAK until early this month.
Besides Joy and Disaster, current, highly recommended exhibitions include German sculptor Michael Sailstorfer’s Raum und Zeit (July 3) and Agua Caliente/Hot Water, Spanish artist Carlos Rodríguez-Méndez’s huge minimal sculpture in the Kunst Nu room.