Archive for June, 2017

Futuristic altarpieces or eccentric spaceships? Clearing presents Bruno Gironcoli at impressive new gallery space in Brussels

Posted in art, contemporary art, sculpture on June 13, 2017 by Utopia Parkway

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Planning to visit that wonderful Absent Museum exhibition at Wiels some weekend soon? Then do so on a Saturday instead of a Sunday, so you can drop by at their new “neighbour” as well, the newest contestant in the unofficial “who’s having the most impressive gallery space in Brussels” competition. Indeed: after five years Clearing gallery has traded its uptown townhouse for a 19th century warehouse (a former shutter factory) on the Avenue Van Volxemlaan. Their first exhibition, with sculptures by Bruno Gironcoli, (through July 15) was one of ArtReview’s Ten shows to see.

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Last two days to visit the extraordinary Pol Bury survey exhibition at Bozar (Brussels)

Posted in art, contemporary art on June 3, 2017 by Utopia Parkway

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Nothing planned yet, this weekend? Then I strongly advise you to quickly go to Bozar, as today and tomorrow are the last days of their extraordinary Pol Bury survey exhibition (the first to be held in Belgium in 20 years). Pol Bury? I must confess that I wasn’t that familiar with the work of this Belgian artist (1922-2005) as well, except that I knew he had created some funny grey metal fountains, some of which were on display at the Museum Van Buuren, in 2009. But walking through the many rooms with Bury’s work, I got more and more fascinated, finding his sculptures in wood to be particularly enticing. I couldn’t help smiling, hearing the subtle sounds they were making – crackling, scraunching – seeing the barely noticeable movements of the small wooden tubes or balls. Bury was influenced by René Magritte and Alexander Calder and is regarded as one of the important artists working in kinetic art, but is now often overlooked. Tomorrow at 3PM there will be a performance directed by Miet Warlop in the exhibition. Yes, I know you would rather want to see that Yves Klein survey, but believe me, it’s Pol Bury you need to see first.

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