Bozar (Paleis voor Schone Kunsten) is a centre for fine Arts in Brussels. The Centre for Fine Arts building is the masterpiece of the Belgian architect Victor Horta. This enormous building has available surface of 33,000m².
During my visit on 25the of March 2018 there were at least eight exhibitions:
Kehinde Wiley Lit, Spanish Still Life, Hugo Claus con Amore, Fernand Leger Beauty is everywhere, Dirk Braeckman, Benoit Platéus Schrank, Henry van de Velde Awards and Some Bulgarians intallation by Nedko Solakov.
Below an impression of some of these exhibitions. A visit is very worthwhile. Not only because of the special works, but also because Bozar often knows how to present an original view on a theme or person.
Spanish Still Live
Valezquez, Goya, Picasso Miró ……..
From the Bozar website: ‘Spanish still lives occupy a unique place within the European context, and have an unmistakeable relationship with Flemish and Italian models, but resolutely unique imagery, developed by Sanchez Cotán and his contemporaries. The genre experienced an unprecedented boom in the late Baroque to suddenly become a real battleground for the arts in the twentieth century. In still life, avant-garde notably finds a unique medium for a new experiment: cubism.’
Juan Sánchez Cotán, Still Life with Fruits and Vegetables 1602.
Juan Sánchez Cotán, Still Life with Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber 1602
Kitchen staff in the foreground, Jesus in the background.
Diego Velázquez, Christ in the House of Martha and Maria 1618
And more in this slideshow with Picasso, Goya, Dali and others
Fernand Léger Beauty is everywhere
From the website: ‘His painting broke with artistic conventions and sought to transcribe the fragmentation and syncopated rhythm of a fast-moving society. His environment was the urban landscape of cars and machinery. Before becoming a painter, Léger was an architect’s apprentice, and his special connection with architecture would stay with him. He shared the avant-garde poets’ fascination with new forms of visual communication like advertising and typography. He was enthralled by Charlie Chaplin and cinema, and throughout his career, Léger worked with directors, choreographers and composers, designing scenery and costumes. ‘
Beauty is everywhere
‘My aim is to try to lay down this notion: that there are no categories or hierarchies of beauty – this is the worst possible error. Beauty is everywhere: perhaps; perhaps more in the arrangement of your saucepans on the white walls of your kitchen than in your eighteenth-century living room or in the official museum’ F. Léger
And more in this slideshow
This young boy also likes the old films.
Hugo Claus Con Amore
A light, witty and theatrical exhibition with a beautiful angle: The statements of Hugo Claus.
From the website: ‘This multidisciplinary exhibition portrays Claus in all his facets: author, painter, theatre maker and film director. Yet it isn’t a traditional overview of a life and an oeuvre. Curator Marc Didden has put together a highly personal exhibition with love – con amore – which is not about Claus, but for Claus. An original portrait involving carefully selected archive footage, photos, excerpts of text and works of art by, amongst others, Appel, Raveel and Ensor, but also contemporary artists such as Borremans, De Cordier, Dillemans en Vanriet.’
It was difficult to take good pictures due to the compact arrangement in small spaces.
Here is a small overview of what can be seen and read.
So far the exhibitions in Bozar. There was and is more to see.
The previous post contains a number of works by Kehinde Wiley in Bozar.
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