An avant-garde donkey, a flying chair and doves in many colours. Last days for Watou festival!

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‘You call this art? Just get some stuff in a second-hand store and throw it all together?’ He cursed, shook his head, and hurriedly left the church (and that work by Michelangelo Pistoletto) in that small Flemish village called Watou. Every summer an arts festival is organised here (34th edition), combining contemporary art and poetry. For many people the exhibition is mostly a good reason to go for lunch in one of the many restaurants surrounding the town square. But at the same time, it means that lots of people who otherwise never visit art exhibitions are brought into contact with contemporary art. It’s easy to spot them, studying the map with the different locations of the exhibition. It’s the reason why you just have to like Watou, even if you might find the art on view not that spectacular. This year’s exhibition ends Sunday, so hurry and make that trip to that lovely village (1hr40 from Brussels). You’ll be able to spot works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sophie Calle, Tinka Pittoors and Pascale Marthine Tayou, and doves in many colours, by Patrick Murphy.


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