Happy New Year! Utopia Parkway’s ‘best of 2012’-list! Dancing curtains and circling planets!
Happy New Year! And a sincere thank you for following Utopia Parkway. To start things off in a positive way: yes, your beloved Belgian art traveller has made a resolution to drop posts on this blog more often than last year. But first: a slightly alternative best of-list for 2012, featuring dancing curtains, open windows and the desert wind.
Best sound (as in: just thinking about it conjures up the entire theater performance in my mind): the desert wind, omnipresent in Fabrice Murgia’s Ghost road
Sharpest dressed man (or was that: woman?) on stage: Lisbeth Gruwez, for It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend (no wonder: styling Veronique Branquinho)
Performance that got everybody talking afterwards: Jérôme Bel & Theater Hora’s wonderful Disabled theater (Was he or wasn’t he exploiting those mentally disabled actors?)
Exhibition that made all those silent journalists finally talk to each other at a press visit: Leigh Ledare, at Wiels (Brussels). (Was he or was he not crossing the line?)
Exhibition that made me laugh, wonder and think: Jimmie Durham, at MHKA, Antwerp
Best disappearing act / exhibition no one noticed: Guillaume Bijl transforming Etablissement d’En Face (Brussels) into a hair shop. (People actually entered the shop, asking for the products on display)
Most radical gallery show: Jacob Kassay, stripping Xavier Hufkens (Brussels) and opening the windows
Work I was familiar with that nevertheless blew me off my feet again (1): Sol LeWitt ‘s wall-drawings at M Museum (Leuven)
Work I was familiar with that nevertheless blew me off my feet again (2): Berlinde De Bruyckere ‘s Invisible beauty, that helpless corpse, hanging in that small booth, at De Pont, Tilburg
Most surreal moment in an exhibition: renowned art critic Robert Hughes praising (on video) a Belgian artist everyone has forgotten (Jan Yoors) in a museum no one knows about (FelixArt Museum, Drogenbos)
Best book I should have told you about: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s A choreographer’s score. The Belgian choreographer reflecting (in a book and on 4 dvd’s) on four of her early works. History in motion.