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What's On Now: Constant Permeke Retrospective

Constant Permeke 'Retrospective' is currently on view at Bozar - Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles till Jan. 20, 2013.   The last major retrospective devoted to Constant Permeke took place in The Hague in 2004, so it is high time for a tribute to this distinctive Flemish expressionist. Permeke, who died sixty years ago in Ostend, had a unique empathy with the hard lives of fishermen and peasants, working people with an intimate bond with the land and the sea. By enlargement and abstraction, Permeke created archetypes with a universal character. An impressive selection of 130 p... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/19/12
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Per Kirkeby

The Centre for Fine Arts presents a retrospective of the work of Per Kirkeby (born in 1938), one of the key painters of the Danish avant-garde. But just what does avant-garde mean: rupture, minimalism, abstraction, borrowings, subversion? One can find all of those in a prolific body of work that began in the 1960s in the wake of the Fluxus movement. But that is only one aspect of a very diverse oeuvre that draws just as much on the figuration of Danish classicism and the experiments of 19th-century French masters such as Eugène Delacroix. Kirkeby cannot be pigeonholed, nor does he want to be:... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/14/12
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Exploring the Sideways

by Nicola Bozzi
I remember visiting a big retrospective in Milan, which featured lots of paintings and imagery by David Lynch. Clearly the usual haunted-sofa kind of vibe you would expect from such a show was there, but the raw stillness of those images was in sharp contrast with the artist's films. In the end, to me the highlight of the show was a series of rather amateurish photoshop distortions of old pictures, which – I remember – sort of clicked in my head with Inland Empire's digital aesthetics, definitely a bump from the super-slick Mulholland Drive. Had I not visited that show, I would have lost that missing lin... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 4/15/12
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Be Film Festival

Once a year, since 2005, Brussels hosts the Be Film Festival and invites some of the leading lights of Belgian cinema. Belgians and tourists alike come to be part of this festive cinematic experience. The 2011 edition marks the first collaboration of BOZAR CINEMA with CINEMATEK and will take place from 20 to 23 December. Be sure to save these dates in your diary. The programme of this unmissable Belgian cinematic event includes a retrospective of films that came out during 2011 - a unique opportunity to see them if you missed them, or to see them again - as well as a series of previews and... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 12/10/11
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Roman Polanski in Focus

Presented in Poland, London, São Paulo, and at the Berlinale, this exhibition illustrates the career of the great Polish film-maker through photographs of the actor and director in full action, archive footage from collections held by his friends (Wajda, Kostenka, Gutowski and Nowak) and posters from the Lodz Film Museum. (Image at top: © Guy Ferrandis) [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 12/10/11
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Brazilian art

The exhibition traces the evolution and revolution in Brazilian art from the 1950s until now, establishing a Brazilian perspective on this period for the first time in Europe. Four distinct chronological and artistic periods- 1950s, 1960s and 70s, the 1980s, and the 1990s until today - alternate with sections dedicated to specific artists, artistic movements or Brazilian contexts, such as the dictatorship (1964 – 1985) or the building of Brasilia. Curators: Ronaldo Brito, Vanda Klabin, Guilherme Bueno, Sonia Salcedo, Cauê Alves, Marcus Lontra, Alexandre Dacosta, Luiz Camillo Osório, Luiz Eduardo Meira d... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 12/4/11
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Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Almost 20 years after Oscar Niemeyer, the creator of Brasilia, Paulo Mendes da Rocha (born in 1928) became the second Brazilian architect to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2006), the profession's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. He is the star of europalia.brasil, which is devoting a monographic exhibition to him this autumn. In the early days of his career his Gymnasium for the Paulista Athletic Club (1958) won a Grand Prix at the São Paulo Biennale (1961). He continued to build in São Paulo and teach at the university there, in line with the principles of the Paulista school foun... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 12/25/11
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Brazil.Brasil

From the 19th century onwards, Brazilian art has reflected the quest for a specifically Brazilian identity. This flagship exhibition offers a triple portrayal of a surprising and little known artistic period, illustrated by paintings and sculptures by the grand masters, and key works of Brazilian archaeology and anthropology. First there is the official and academic portrayal, inspired by the monarchy and Europe. Then the portrayal by travelling artists, enriched with observations of ethnic, social and geographical diversity. Finally, the portrayal by the modernists who, in the 20th century, re... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/9/11
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Extremes

The "Extremes" exhibition presents two poles of the history of photography in Brazil. The first section, curated by Pedro Vasquez, contains daguerreotypes, ferrotypes, and ambrotypes, old technology from before the introduction of the negative, illustrating the first hundred years of that rich history. The contrasting second section looks at the photography of recent decades, in which a whole range of modern techniques have been used to create exuberant images. Images of a vast land, from the Amazon forest and the desolate hinterland: a photography of abundance and poverty, ugliness and beauty... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/9/11
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Beyond the Document

This latest exhibition brings together 14 photographers at the instigation of BOZAR and the photography museums of Antwerp and Charleroi. Together, they will examine the fine line that now separates documentary photography and fine art photography. The fact is that, since the 1980s, photography has been permanently elevated to the rank of art, but has never been so used in the vast stock of photo-journalism. This documentary and social veneer is brought out in art photographs which enhance the supporting document. Belgian photography does not escape this ambiguity between documentary framework a... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/30/11
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The Power of Fantasy

Divided throughout the 19th century, occupied during the Second World War, and subsequently under the Soviet yoke for decades, Poland became a democracy in 1989. In this wounded country, victim of a succession of oppressive regimes, there developed a flourishing culture that gave expression, down the centuries, to a spirit of resistance to any order imposed from outside. Via the absurd and the fantastic, Polish artists reacted to the chaos of the real world with art imbued with a spirit of resistance, not in order to flee reality, but with a view to reconstructing it. The exhibition will show... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/30/11
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Luc Tuymans

by Frances Guerin
On the way home from a research trip to Germany, I got off the Thalys in Brussels to visit the Luc Tuymans exhibition in its final days of its two-year world circuit. I have always been dismissive of Tuymans, convinced that he does nothing that hasn't been done before by better, more reputed artists. I had concluded the work was derivative – before I had even seen it in any substantial form. How wrong I was! Although Tuymans' brush barely appears to have touched the canvas, this is painting that demands immense concentration, extended periods in front of it, and as a result, reveals a depth over... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 5/9/11