Holiday Escape / Inside
December and January are all about family celebrations, Christmas joy and good intentions.
For those who want to escape from the festivities for a bit, we selected various walks and exhibitions close to home.
Highly recommended to start the new year well.
Brancusi Atelier in Paris
Left to right : Constantin Brancusi – Le Poisson, 1924-1926 / Constantin Brancusi – Muse, 1912 / Portrait of Constantin Brancusi
BRANCUSI – BOZAR
Since 1969, Europalia, the international art festival, has organised art biennials featuring various guest countries. During four months, a varied programme features hundreds of artistic events in Europa. In Bozar, Europalia presents the largest Brancusi exhibition in 25 years. Constantin Brancusi is without doubt one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. With his fascinating sculptures he is a pioneer of modernism and a source of inspiration for numerous artists. Apart from sculptor, he is also an exceptional photographer who left a less known, but wonderful volume of work.
The exhibition focuses on both aspects of his work and brings
Brancusi to Belgium for the first time, giving a unique view of the artist and his studio, where his artistic contemporaries often gathered. The exhibition shows top pieces from museums and private collections from all over the world, such as ‘Sleeping Muse’, ‘The Kiss’ and ‘Leda’. Apart from these iconic sculptures, the exhibition also includes breath-taking photography and images as well as work by, amongst others, Marcel Duchamp, Medardo Rosso and Auguste Rodin.
Exhibition view of Couturissisme
left to right : Bookcover of Thierry Mugler Photographer, 1988 / Thierry Mugler And Model, 1978 by Peter Lindbergh / Yasmin Le Bon, Palladium, London, 1997
THIERRY MUGLER – KUNSTHAL ROTTERDAM
Women’s fashion from the eighties: broad shoulders, slim waist, high heels. Such was the fashion designed by Thierry Mugler. Until 8th March, Kunsthal Rotterdam presents the very first retrospective about the French fashion designer. It showcases the various universes of his work, focusing on his ready-to-wear and haute couture collections. There are more than 150 outfits to be seen, as well as accessories that have never been shown before and theatre costumes, clips and videos, archives and sketches. Hundreds of photos by modern-day fashion photographers, such as Guy Bourdin, Jean Paul Goude, David LaChapelle, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Dominique Issermann are also shown. The exhibition was curated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in cooperation with Clarins Group and Maison Mugler. After the world premiere in Montreal the exhibition will travel around the world. As a cooperating partner, Kunsthal Rotterdam is the first venue in Europe where this spectacular retrospective is shown.