Up to the 11th floor, for a temporary gallery with a view: ‘The long leash’ (Brussels)

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You prefer your art in unusual places? And you appreciate a room with a view? Then you should really consider taking the elevator up to the 11th floor, for The long leash, a group show set up by Brussels collective The Ister (through March 29). It’s in a high-rise building (with a hospital) between Vaartstraat and Arduinkaai (next to KVS), now also the home of that mysterious art collective w-o-l-k-e, with a penthouse and workspaces on the 12th floor. The somewhat absurd tone of the exhibition was inspired by two events: a press conference by former Belgian Prime Minister Paul Vanden Boeynants, in which he describes the peculiar circumstances of his kidnapping in 1989 by a fake extremist political group, and comments made by former head of the International Organizations Division of the CIA Tom Braden, in which he reveals the existence of a secret cultural propaganda programme implemented during the Cold War. It even comprises a video by Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, the Belgian duo selected for the big group show at the Venice Biennale.

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