|Haymaking by Kazimir Malevich, 1928-29|
|Woman with hat by Henri Matisse, 1905|
|Augustusrucke, Dresden by Oskar Kokoschka, 1923|
|Civilian Defense by Dan Petermank, 2007|
|Listening Figure by Juan Munoz|
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|Relatie by Sjra Schoffelen, 1987|
Other side trips included one to TILBURG, where we found the Museum de Pont, a former factory space with lots of small rooms with doors, lots of big open space, lots of twists and turns. And contemporary art.
|Sky Mirror (for Hendrik) by Anish Kapoor, 2017|
Examples by Ai Weiwei and Howard Hodgkin, gave the collection some international appeal.
|Grapes 2010 by Ai Weiwei, 2010.|
|Yellow Sky by Howard Hodgkin, 2009-2010|
|Learning about Russian Music by Howard Hodgkin, 1999|
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And then there was Eindhoven. A vibrant city with Art all around. Well, Art and other things:
|Flying Pins by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, 2000|
Then we began our time in Belgium, beginning with a stay outside ATH, in Arbre. Walking around Ath, an ancient city surrounded by a square moat, we discovered Triennale de l'Art et du Végétal. This was the fourth edition of a show featuring art installations by eleven artists utilizing mostly natural materials all over the city. Such as:
|Semences by Jean-Yves Bonnaudet & Bruno Magda|
|Arbre votif renverse by Theo Ronse|
|New World by Choi Hyesu|
There was some sort of Art show going on involving a group of artists called "Less'Art." We visited a few venues and Marie made some purchases.
|by Patrick Delvingt|
|by Magali Rousseau|
|Donkeymotion Projects by Valentin Kanellopoulos|
And a little bit more of Lessines:
We were in GHENT on a day filled with festivals, most of which we could not find. But it was Saturday, so there were Bachelorettes and the Belgian team was playing for third place in the World Cup. Here are a few shots:
|The Symbol by Folon, 1988|
|L'Espace by Folon, 1982|
|Femme-Oiseau by Folon, 1990|
|Marine by Folon, 1998|
|L'Homme Qui Plantait des Arbres by Folon, 1982|
And we dropped in at the Hergé Museum in OTTIGNEIES-LOOUYAIN-LA-NEUVE. Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé created the universally popular The Adventures of Tintin and the museum is a delight.
|Infinity by Peter van Dressche Atelier4|
|Brug (The Kissing Bridge) by Jaroslaw Kozakie|
|Selgascano Pavilion by Selgascano|
|Lanchals by John Powers|
|Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale) by StudioKCA|
|The Floating Island by OBBA|
|Acheron I by Renato Nicolodi|
|Bloom by Bloom Games, 2012.|
|Fountain of Life by Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian|
Known as Tornacum, in Roman times, it is also called DORNIC by Belgium's Flemish residents. The Scheldt runs right through its center. Their five-spired cathedral is it's most prestigious building. Construction on Notre Dame of Tournai began in 1146, and they're still working on it. I might suggest that the best building is the Musée des Beaux-Arts which was designed by famous Art-Nouveau architect, Victor Horta.
|Argenteuil by Edouard Manet, 1874|
|Jeune femme accoudee (Marie Valette, amie du peintre) by Louis Anquetin, 1890|
|Oliviers a Montmajour by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888|
|La greve du bas butin a Honfleur (Marine) by George Seurat, 1886|
|Portrait feminin by Armand Rassenfosse|
|La dame en gris by Jean Winance|
|Perimele (Ondine on la nymphe de Capri) by Leonce Legendre, 1864|
Outside we found a statue honoring local painter Paul Gallait and later found one dedicated to Tournai-resident Rogier Van Der Weyden.
|Vieux Marché aux Poteries - monument à Roger de le Pasture dit "Van der Weyden" by Marcel Wolfers, 1936|
We were in Tournai for Belgium National Day (21 July) and celebrated with the locals.
Here are some more shots from around Tournai:
Across the river from Pottes, in SPIERE-HELKIJN they celebrate the arts with Kunstzomer in de Leiestreek, four months of arts activities around the area. One venue, that day, was an old pumphouse and facility for the old (1935) swimming pool overlooking the river, that had been recently fixed up for a show of art by Carlos Cauluwier.
On the other side of the village is Kunstkerk Bossuit, an arts venue born from an old church. Without the roof or windows. The design of the terrazzo floor recalls the church that was destroyed during the war. The space is used for a variety of events. Black & white photo enlargements by Tom Linsteron were hung on the exposed walls for us to see.
We went to the Belgian shore at MIDDELKERK, where we found a few pieces of sculpture: The is Beeldenparc Beaufort (Beaufort Sculpture Park) which, in 2018, celebrated its sixth edition with sculptures all around the region.
|I can hear it by Ivars Drulle|
|Caterpillar 5bis by Wim Delvoye, 2004|
|Olnetop by Nick Ervinck|
|Agent 212 by Mathias De Wolf|
And just down the coast in OOSTDUINKERKE watched men trawl for shrimp from the backs of enormous Belgian draft horses, as well as women doing the same but while walking through the surf on their own two feet. There are sculptures:
|Cloned Paardenvisser by William Sweetlove|
Also at the beach:
Similarly, when Saint Vaast's was rebuilt in the twenties, stylish mosaics were included.
|Portrait of a Woman by Paolo Caliari, dit Veronese, 1560-1565|
|The Young Man and the Old Woman by Hendrick Goltzius|
|Young girl with a Dove by Jean-Baptiste Greuze|
One of the first art museums built in France, under Napoleon, the Palais is one of the largest in the country.
|Berger Landais by Rosa Bonheur|
|Vanite by Alfred Agache, 1890|
|Les Vaches by Vincent Van Gogh|
|Le Silence by Odilon Redon, c 1895-1900|
|Dans l'atelier, la pose du modele by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec|
|Berthe Morisot a l'eventail by Edouard Manet, 1874.|
|C'est n'etait pas mon temps... by de Patricia Zurini|
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LaM is the Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut. It began as the collection of Roger Dutilleul which was then added to by his nephew and heir, leading to the current museum. Outside are a few nice sculptures including two by Calder and one we liked which was done by Picasso. Flanagan contributed a horse on a sidewalk and a pair of rabbits (inside museum).
|Guillotine pour huit by Alexander Calder, 1963|
|Femme aux bras ecartes by Pablo Picasso, 1962|
|Between Fiction and Fact by Richard Deacon, 1992|
|La Roche-Guyon by Georges Braque, summer 1909|
|Le Mecanicien by Fernand Leger, 1918|
|Femme lippue by Kees van Dongen, 1909|
|La Danse I & 2 by André Derain, c 1906|
|Nu assis a la chemise by Amedeo Modigliani, 1917|
|The Boxers by Barry Flanagan, 1985|
|Totem women à tête zoomorphe by Theo Wiesen, 1972-77|
|Architecture inachevee by A.C.M.|
|Armée des Indes avec éléphant,c 1976|
|no title by Marie-Rose Lortet|
|Site aleatoire avec deux personnages (F77) by Jean Dubuffet, 1982|
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|Porte d'Arras, 14th cent|
|Selene by Norbert Treca, 1994.|
|Field Day 2 by Barry Flanagan, 1987|
|In line for frites.|
|Ceramique Colliot by Hector Guimard|
|Porte de Grand|
|Gare de Lille-Flanders, formerly Gare du Nord of Paris.|
On the abutting field, the 49th International Pikkeling Festival began in the afternoon. There were displays of tractors and other farm equipment, demonstrating artists like lace tatter, basket maker, etc., but we found this charming recreation of harvesting grain in the old days.
|Invisible Forces - all over town -- by Dane Mitchell|
Last shots from Pottes:
|Newly born Agnes (pronounced "aanyes") and mother Iris|
Time to leave our nest in Pottes and head east to SOMME LEUZE, where we had a very nice apartment.
Our first day trip was to LUXEMBOURG for the street a(rt)nimation festival - "arts de la rue." Not buskers, mostly, but street performers; performance art.
Then to DINANT, birthplace of Adolf Sax, inventor of the Saxophone:
In CHARLEROI, we went to the Palais de Beaux Arts. Both an art museum and a concert hall, it seems to more of the later than the former. Above the entry to the concert hall is a set/series of small sculptures that may be by Ossip Zadkine.
We did some hiking through the beautiful Belgian countryside while looking for sculptures which were part of Les Sentiers d'Art. Begun two years ago with a route featuring 20 sculptures that adopted natural materials, mostly site-oriented in the western part of the district, this year they added 20 more and are planning 20 more for 2019. I wish we had the stamina to hike the whole route, but we were able to see almost all of them by parking our car nearby and hoofing it to the sculptures' sites.
Durbuy claimed to be the "Smallest City in the World" but I seriously doubt it, as there were so many stone buildings filled with restaurants and shops. There was also the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Durbuy which was small and had only one show featuring two locally-connected artists.
LIEGE is an interesting city. Split by the River Meuse, it is the birthplace of Charlemagne, the Boulette (a large meatball featuring Sirop de Liège), and a superior waffle to the Brussels-style.
La Boverie is a modern art museum located on the southern end of the island in the middle of the Meuse. It began as a modern art museum which merged with the fine art museum which then merged with the local museum, all the while occupying the building at the tip of the island which was originally the fine arts building for the 1905 International Exposition. Lots of Magritte:
In other non-Art related adventures, we spent a day at the 35th Journée des Confréries at the Maredsous Abbaye near DENEE, northwest of Dinant. There were nearly 100 gastronomic brotherhoods each offering its typical specialty based on ancestral recipes and local products. And the Abbaye is no longer an abbey, but home of Maredsous brewery.
We happened upon one of these gatherings years ago in Bidart, just outside Biarritz, France, though it was much smaller. This was much different. Unlike our previous encounter that was exclusively speeches and marching into the church, here we found tent after tent of food and drink being offered by the various confréries - brotherhoods with common interests in some kind of food or drink, such as beer or cheese or escargot.
Returned to Liège for "Fetons le 15 Aout," What began as a celebration honoring Mary's Ascension is mostly about drinking "peket," the local firewater made from juniper berries, like gin.
There were some nice "géants" in the parade - a cross between a giant puppet and a float with men inside. Here are some shots from the day: After eating our Boulette and frites, we had time to find Art Nouveau around town:
Another day we visited NAMUR and, after taking pictures of Bayard and the Four Sons of Aymon by Oliver Strebelle (1957) which overlooks the Meuse and the statue of the Namur Stilt Jousters by Guy Leclercq (1999), we stopped in at the Musée de Félicien Rops (1833-98).
We found two floors and several rooms of Rops paintings, drawings, photos, etc. Seemed pretty well done. Plenty of skeletons and other horrid things. Plenty of near-porn. Even a few landscapes. Old Felicien was a fairly strange guy.
Time to move on, back to Ath. Ath is known as the "City of Géants," as their giants, who filled the streets for La Ducasse. The giants are bigger and offer more artistic quality, we thought.
And so we say "au revoir" to Wallonia and Belgium