September 30, 2017

Jozef Cantré in Mudel, Deinze

             the curator of the exhibition, Mr Peter  J.H. Pauwels

the catalogue, exceptional, interesting, a treasure 

 by Leon De Smet, 1920

the artist Jozef Cantré at work

The Belgian weather this weekend might offer you the perfect excuse to travel to Mudel,  Deinze's Museum aan de Leie, near Ghent, to admire and enjoy this exceptional exhibition dedicated to artist Jozef Cantré, expressionistic wood engraver and sculpturer. The catalogue by Peter J.H. Pauwels that accompanies this exhibition is itself a work of art - beautiful, evocative, instructive and scientifically documented.

September 20, 2017

Colm Tóibín at Passa Porta in Brussels

The International House of Literature,  Passa Porta,  located in the center of Brussels regularly organises unique encounters and invites writers of national and international renown to talk about their work. I had the great pleasure of listening to Mr Colm Tóibín  yesterday. The author read from his most recent book, House of Names, talked about his oeuvre and answered questions. I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting, fascinating evening. 
See the schedule for the coming season here:

September 14, 2017

Brussels Art Deco Birds

Alberto De Fransisco was inspired by the Art Deco birds which This is Belgium published on its Facebook page. Alberto's drawing shows his interpretation of the detail found on a fireplace in a house in Brussels built at the end of the 1920s.

September 13, 2017

A pleasure?

Only a few days left to see "What did Brussels look like 50 years ago? .... Since 1977 this Brussels publishing house 'Plaizier'  has built up an image library including vintage postcards, prints, calendars and books. Architectural gems and urban transformations are all portrayed, together with items that illustrate the resolute path pursued by the publishing couple Wijnand and Mieke Plaizier. Their love for the Belgian capital is evident from every image".  
Baudelaire, on the other hand,  unequivocally voiced his thoughts about Belgium in a rather unflattering way. More on the Baudelaire exhibition in my next post.