Tropical heat in a Masonic temple? La Loge presents ‘Parque do Flamengo’ by Sophie Nys
There’s always room for more. Especially if that room is an extraordinary one. One of several recently opened art galleries in Brussels is a gallery of a totally different kind as it is housed in a beautiful old Masonic temple. It was built in 1934-35 by two Modernist architects. The gallery, aptly named La Loge, is a privately funded non-profit association, initiated by Belgian architect Philippe Rotthier. Walking through that doorway truly means stepping into another world. A feeling that is enhanced by the atmosphere created by La Loge’s first exhibition: Parque do Flamingo (through November 3), a film by Belgian artist Sophie Nys, made in Rio de Janeiro. It is a 45-minute uncut travelling shot, crossing the park – 7 kilometres long and designed in the fifties by Roberto Burle Marx – from end to end, with a soundtrack composed by Arto Lindsay. Minimalist, suave and oozing tropical heat. La Loge’s next project will be a collaboration between visual artists Zin Taylor and Roe Etheridge.