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The Museum of Mistakes

Conceived by the French artist Pierre Leguillon“The Museum of Mistakes: Contemporary Art and Class Struggle” brings together works that he has created over the last 15 years out of reproduced images. These are taylor-made displays that bring together photographs, film extracts, advertisements, postcards, posters, slides, record sleeves, magazines, and other types of mass media. But these works evade solidifiying into fixed forms. Each one is intimately informed by a principle of movement, or, indeed, of reversibility, and they are deployed on mobile, light, or transportable structures. Thanks to its economy of means and the autonomy of its presentation displays, “The Museum of Mistakes” proposes an exhibition model that attempts to foil, or “de-class-ify” – to reprise the exhibition’s title – the hierarchies of art. In decompartmentalizing identity, whether it is a matter of the artist’s, the visitor’s, or those of the exhibited images, “The Museum of Mistakes” invites us to rethink the conditions of the reception of art, depicted here first of all as an activity. In so doing, Leguillon inquires into the political function of art within society, wherein each individual is in a perpetual process of emitting and receiving information.

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Pierre Leguillon, born in Nogent-sur-Marne (France) in 1969, lives and works in Brussels. His works, performances, and projections have been the subject of many monographic presentations, notably at Raven Row (London, 2011), Mamco (Geneva, 2010), Moderna Museet (Malmö, 2010), the Musée du Louvre (Paris, 2009), and Artists Space (New York, 2009). Recently, the artist presented two installations at the Carnegie International, held in Pittsburgh in 2013: “A Vivarium for George E. Ohr” and “Dubuffet Typographer”. A laureate of the Villa Médicis in 2003, Leguillon teaches at HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design) in Geneva.

You can visit “The Museum of Mistakes” from 10 January to 22 February at WIELS Contemporary Art Center (Av. Van Volxemlaan 354, Brussels), check the website as well for more information.

 

10 years BOZAR Cinema!

BOZAR Cinema exists ten years in 2015! They celebrate this anniversary with four days of festivities: the Bozar Cinema Days from 8 to 11 January. The opening film is “Turist”, a black comedy by Ruben Östlund. In “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq”, Guillaume Nicloux stages the famous writer’s imaginary abduction; Houellebecq plays himself. Other films in preview are: “Blind Dates” by the Georgian director Levan Koguashvili, “The Kindergarten Teacher” by the Israelian director Nadav Lapid, “Les Hommes” by Stanislas Zambeaux, “Ming of Harlem” by Phillip Warnell and “The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films” by Hilla Medalia.

BOZAR is also screening Bruno Dumont’s series “P’tit Quinquin”, a blend of “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis” and “Twin Peaks”. The elusive Spanish director Adolpho Arrietta is the special guest and he will present a selection of his works. The closing film is the Belgian-German documentary “Gardenia. Before The Last Curtain Falls” by Thomas Wallner, which is inspired by Alain Platel’s play.

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Here’s the full program:

Thursday 8 January: “Turist”

Friday 9 January: “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq”, “Flammes” (Adolpho Arrietta)

Saturday 10 January: “Tam Tam, Pointilly & Dry Martini” (Adolpho Arrietta), “The Kindergarten Teacher”, “Les Hommes”, “Negus. Echoes Chamber”, “Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the air”, “The Go-Go Boys: the Inside Story of Cannon Films”

Sunday 11 January: “Sametka, the dancing caterpillar” (3+), “P’tit Quinquin”, “Finding Vivian Maier”, “Double Play: Richard Linklater & James Benning”, “Blind Dates”, “Gardenia. Before the Last Curtain Falls”, “Relatos salvajes”

For more info, timing and tickets, check the website of BOZAR.

Art collective Vrak creates 100% Brussels accessories

Vrak creates unique accessories that have a clear link with Brussels. The art collective consists of 6 “Brusseleirs” who are very passionate about their city. One of them is lawyer Florent, who is a tourist guide in Brussels in his free time. He says that through Vrak, he and his friends can focus on particular incongruities in the city, such as the seemingly eternal scaffolding around the Palais de Justice. Stephane, an architect, adds to that: “Making fun of ourselves through the objects that we create: that’s what we want to do, it’s just part of Belgian culture. We like to focus in particular on mobility and architecture, two themes that are very close to us.”

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Just to give you an idea, Vrak sells wallets made out of used MIVB-tickets, badges with the face of Arno, Stromae and Vincent Kompany printed on it, and lamps of which the shades are covered with the Brussels towers. Everything is produced locally and the T-shirts are made out of fairtrade biological cotton. Check out the creatives’ Facebook page to see what else they are selling. You’ll be surprised!

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The accessories of Vrak are for sale in the Lang Levenstraat 36 in Elsene, or on christmas and artisan markets these days. So if you’re looking for a very last-minute new year’s gift, you can stop looking now…

Penthouse Art Space – Residency Program HOTEL BLOOM!

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Hotel BLOOM! & Harlan Levey Projects Gallery present: Penthouse Art Space Residency Program

In response to cultural budget cuts and the effects of the financial crisis on artistic production around the world, Hotel BLOOM! and Harlan Levey Projects Gallery are pleased to announce their cooperation on a new ‘artistic residency’ program. Each month, an artist, gallery or curator will be offered a place to live and work, as well as event and communication support.

Presidential suite becomes Penthouse Art Space
Located on the 9th floor of the hotel, during the 1970’s and 80’s, the space was a presidential suite hired by celebrity clientele, such as Michael Jackson or President Ronald Reagan. Over the years, it has become a less decadent area, which was not available for hire. In 2014, the floor was reopened as an art space, offering local and international talent a unique opportunity to work, live and exhibit.

Art’n BLOOM!
‘Art and creative lifestyle are part of the Hotel BLOOM! identity. Since the hotel was opened, the aim was to support artists, and in turn guests, by offering a fresh, inspiring and unique environment. Art defines the hotel, and the hotel management finds it important to return the gesture by supporting the arts.’

Penthouse Art Space Residency program
Following a hugely attended exhibition and series of performances in April 2014 parallel to Art Brussels, the Penthouse Art Space collaborated with Design September and 6 international designers in September 2014, and launched this residency program. Between October 2014 and September 2015, the Penthouse Art Space is pleased to offer this residency to artists, curators and galleries from the UK, Poland, the US, Italy and Belgium.

The first residents are Petr Davydtchenko and his partner Astrid Gnosis. Petr graduated with a master in sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London and was a featured artist at Art Brussels last year. Davydtchenko and Gnosis will welcome guests to view and hear results of their residency on 12 December 2014 at 19:00.

Resident Partners 2014/2015

October – December, 2014
Artist: Petr Davydtchenko and Astrid Gnosis (Russia, Sweden)
http://petrdavydtchenko.com

January, 2015
Artist: Serena Vestrucci & Francesco Maluta
http://www.galleriafuoricampo.com

20 January – 11 February
Artist: Mozart Fernandes & Mônica Rodrigues Fernandes (BRAZIL) in collaboration with Beleza Design & Art
belezadesignart.org

February, 2015
http://rowingprojects.com
Performances, Screenings, Talks

March, 2015
Artist: TR Ericsson (USA)
http://www.trericsson.com

March – April, 2015
Artist: Radek Szlaga (Poland, in collaboration with: http://leto.pl/en)
http://radek-szlaga.tumblr.com

April, 2015
Artist: Sergio Bromberg (Mexico)
http://www.sergiobromberg.com

July, 2015
Artist: Daniel Baird (USA)
http://www.danielgbaird.com

About Harlan Levey Projects
Harlan Levey Projects (HLP) Gallery is located in downtown Brussels, at the heart of the European capital’s new gallery and design district.

The gallery works closely with a small roster of international artists, hosting an annual program that includes solo projects, thematic group exhibitions, performances and community building/educational activities. HLP also provides critical texts to clients like Gingko Press (DE/USA). the VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), Showroom Mama (Rotterdam) and the Domein voor Kunst Kritique (Amsterdam), offering bi-lateral consultancy services for artists, creative industry partners and all types of contemporary art collections.

Hotel BLOOM!
Rue Royale 250
B-1210 Brussels
www.hotelbloom.com

Contact residency program: Margot Muys / mo@me-mo.be

Afropean+ celebrates the wealth of interculturality

On 17 January 2014, Afropean+ takes place at BOZAR. Along the lines of the artist Pitcho Womba Konga’s “Congolisation” project, this event highlights the added value of the African diaspora in the European cultural landscape. Taking place within the context of the Belgian launch of the European Year for Development, this project affirms the interdependence between North and South, and promotes freedom, diversity, creation and solidarity as driving forces for our future.

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Sensitive as it is to these themes, BOZAR hosts the first edition of this exceptional multidisciplinary event. Afropean+ presents concerts by renowned artists, a stage set aside for young talents, films, debates, play readings, a craft fair, children’s entertainment, exhibitions and other activities all related to the wealth of interculturality! The event is organized in cooperation with The Network for African Cultural Activities in Belgium (naca.be).

Practical information:

– Saturday 17 January, 10am – 2am

– Bozar, rue Ravenstein, Brussels

– Program: see website

– Don’t forget to follow Afropean+ on Facebook!

 

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