Allow me to paint you a picture. The wildly talented visual artist and illustrator Brecht Vandenbroucke has had his work splashed over anything from the New York Times to Prada shirts and don’t get us started on those unforgettable Walter Van Beirendonck collabs. With a relentless eye for detail, this young Belgian picks up on every little perversion of our daily realities and mirrors them in painted comic strips and collages, even sculptures, with an unignorable candour mixed with pop iconography relatable to all. Speech bubble: it should come to no one’s surprise that Brecht Vandenbroucke was hand-picked by Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt, taste level impeccable as ever, to be co-curator for MIMA’s new expo “Art Is Comic”, opening June 23. The exhibition is meant to provide solace in a world of terror, a belly laugh to … Read More »
The Royal Academy of Fine Art The Hague’s Fashion & Textile Department held its annual graduate show this weekend and you know we were front and centre just like last year, opera goggles clutched, to witness it all. A fresh wave of Dutch and international talent is primed to take off with expert guidance at the top from the best of Belgium, Head of Textile and Fashion Jurgi Persoons and faculty members including Marina Yee, Peter De Potter, Jan-Jan Van Essche and Hilde Frunt and here’s what you need to know.Before the flurry of the show took off, we were treated to a personal tour of the “EXPOSED” exhibition, where the four graduating masters of the class of 2017 prefaced their collections. Each master was introduced by Mr. Persoons – whose personal investment in every single of his graduates is … Read More »
Looks like it’s finally happening, folks!
Remember a little over a year ago when Kanye was spotted at the Swedish IKEA HQ and everybody was speculating about upcoming Kanye West x IKEA designs?
I always knew Mr. West would never allow a furniture brand collaboration to happen without the obvious involvement of his best friend OFF-WHITE founder/designer + DONDA creative director and architect Virgil Abloh. So when Hypebeast just posted this little video stating a “potential” collaboration (the HB teaser is obviously a smart part of IKEA’s social media strategy) with an “individual, who many will speculate as Virgil Abloh of OFF-WHITE”, I was thinking: “you might’ve put some sly sound effects on that voice, but I heard Virgil Abloh speaking words directly to my face and this, my people, is Virgil Abloh.”
More about the collaboration with OFF-WHITE will be revealed during the IKEA Democratic Design Days event occuring on June 7 in … Read More »
Unlike the weather, you can always count on our faves over at ALICE Gallery to warm the depths of your heart. This time, they bring us a new solo exhibition by artist MOMO, whom ALICE’s Alice and Raphaël have a great history of collaborating with. “BEST PICTURE” opens today and if you’re reading this, you should have iCal-ed that info already!
San Franciscan artist MOMO will be presenting a series of studio works at ALICE in his signature post-digital style. A signed and numbered A3-sized Risograph print will also be released at the exhibition, in a limited edition of 99 and in 5 colours.
Pegged as an outsider and traveller, MOMO’s enormous, bright murals and public installations have revived many a decrepit street around the world. The artist works in a way that is unlike the M.O. of others, his glitchy creations are actually painstakingly … Read More »
#METKAWAKUBO hovers over all of us like an oversized, oblong-shaped Comme cloud and I’m ready for the deluge. The show will feature pieces from Rei Kawakubo’s personal archive and will be designed and displayed in a way that grants maximum access to the clothing. As we await the May 4 opening of the already-legendary Met expo “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”, which we first discussed in November, we’ve got two recent Rei Kawakubo interviews to parse (they are few and far between, so dig in). These are five lessons the iconic creator handed out freely, though always reticently.
If Kendrick didn’t drive the point home, imagine being the actual Rei Kawakubo, OG beacon of all that is forward-thinking in fashion today, and telling Vogue that you’re not doing anything special, really. “I am just working day-to-day with what I believe… … Read More »
The Brussels art project RECOGNITION, which has showcased African and African diaspora art since it was created in 2016 by event organiser and photographer Lyse Ishimwe, is doing important work. Last Friday we attended the James Baldwin documentary feature “I Am Not Your Negro”, directed by Raoul Peck, which was an incredibly profound experience that begs extensive reading and thought in order to be fully unpacked. Merely two weeks later, RECOGNITION and Cinema Galeries are set to premiere the Sundance-acclaimed “Maya Angelou – And Still I Rise” documentary, telling the tale of the life and work of the incredible Maya Angelou. Brussels is bringing so much black people magic to the silver screen, we’re here for every part of it.
Titled after Maya Angelou’s seminal 1978 poetry volume “And Still I Rise”, this documentary directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules is the first film to tell the … Read More »
(Hermès Autumn-Winter 2002)
One of our favourite museums in the world, MoMu, the institution that is housed in the same building as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts: Fashion Department aka the world-renowned Antwerp Fashion Academy, is racking up one stellar show after another. Following the highs that included: “Dries Van Noten: Inspirations“, “Game Changers” and most recently the touching “Rik Wouters & the Private Utopia“, we are now treated to a deep-dive into Martin Margiela’s six-year stint (1997-2003) at French luxury house Hermès. While avid fans are well aware of the parallel parcours the notoriously independent designer rode next to heading his own Maison Martin Margiela, it is clear that this has been very much the more subdued part of the Belgian’s story. Until now. MoMu director and curator of “Martin Margiela: the Hermès Years”, Kaat Debo, took it upon herself to initiate an … Read More »
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the gruesome Brussels attacks, and we collectively hold the people whose lives were irreversibly affected in our thoughts. It’s self-evident that as a country, world and society, there’s so much work to do since such atrocities still happen on the daily. Even though Brussels was scarred on March 22 last year, today we’d like to shine a light on the beauty that can be found in the city, coming from its own people. As from March 31, our friends of the great ALICE Gallery are hosting a new exhibition, “BRUT?”, exploring the world of so-called ‘outsider art’ (art brut).
“BRUT?” is curated by Antoine Capet and David Lemoine of BrutPop, a French organisation dedicated to the promotion of experimental music and visual arts for an audience of people with autism or physical or mental health disability. Brutpop … Read More »
Jonathan “J.W.” Anderson is a man of great taste and little limitations. That’s why every time anything new he has worked on surfaces; people prick up their ears and lap it all up. The latest outpouring from Anderson’s treasure trove of inspiration is the “Disobedient Bodies” exhibition, a major curatorial effort opening March 18 at The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire. The expo will delve into the human form as it is represented in fashion, art and design. The prolific Northern Irish designer was also just announced to be the Special Guest at Pitti Immagine together with Virgil Abloh in June, following Tim Coppens and Raf Simons, so there’s plenty of J.W. to look forward to this season.
As the much-lauded and innovative creative director of his namesake label J.W. Anderson as well as Spanish luxury heritage label Loewe, Jonathan Anderson has built … Read More »
JOIN KNOTORYUS AT THE “I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO” PREMIERE IN BRUSSELS + TASCHEN RELEASES “THE FIRE NEXT TIME” BY JAMES BALDWIN
The eminent author, playwright, poet and social activist James Baldwin published a book named “The Fire Next Time” in 1963, which completely shifted the landscape of 1960s discussions on race relations. It dealt honestly, beautifully and personally with racial inequality, religion, love and the black experience at the time. I say at the time, but the parallels are sadly all too recognisable today.
Fifty-four years later, publishing house Taschen is releasing a letterpress edition of “The Fire Next Time”, accompanied by more than 100 stunning photographs of the civil rights movement. The book release coincides perfectly with the March 31 Brussels premiere of Raoul Peck’s documentary “I Am Not Your Negro”, based on an unfinished James Baldwin manuscript.
“The Fire Next Time” was met with critical acclaim when it first came out. It contains two essays, one that talks about the history of … Read More »