• Naughty Nights

    3 Feb 2010 by a a
    In a cold room on a Sunday afternoon, a group of halfnaked women with heavily made up faces watch as a tall, regal and impossibly sexy woman wriggles and spirals in a modern belly dance. Instead of applause at the end of her performance, she turns expectantly towards a thin woman who has been sitting in the corner, watching her tight lipped. Obviously not impressed, Miss Deena Ray delivers some hard-hitting advice to the girl adorned in a peacock headdress and gold-bead harem pants; she wants to know why the performer still has her top on.Full story
  • “The Broken Column”, 1944

    Painting body and soul

    3 Feb 2010 by a a
    So many of the best-known works of iconic 20thcentury artists show no trace of the personal events that marked their lives. This isn’t the case with the oeuvres of Frida Kahlo, arguably Mexico’s most famous artistic, political and sexual revolutionary.Full story
  • The Flemish Primitives meet propaganda in “The Crucifixion”and“The Last Supper"

    The design criminals

    3 Feb 2010 by a a
    Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel say their new exhibition space in Antwerp will be a possibility for them to introduce their work to Belgium. The comment is rather surprising coming from a design couple who have been working together for a decade, have had about 200 exhibitions around the world, including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and New York’s Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art, and have gathered numerous accolades, such as Designers of the Year awarded by the style bible Wallpaper*.Full story
  • 20 Dresses for Europe

    3 Feb 2010 by a a
    Though many would agree that a beautiful dress is a piece of art, would you ever associate it with a book? It’s a challenge that 20 Dresses for Europe has taken on with aplomb.Full story
  • Rachid Aredouani, Rached Ikan and Mohammed El Mahroui

    Ahead of the game

    27 Jan 2010 by a a
    Board games, with the possible exception of chess, don’t tend to change the world. But three students at the Catholic University College of Leuven (KHL) hope that a new board game will at least transform the chances of the next generation of students from immigrant backgrounds to move on to higher education.Full story
  • The art of design

    27 Jan 2010 by a a
    What’s the difference between art and design? If you answered “nothing”, then you have the right frame of mind to fully enjoy the exhibition of the Henry Van de Velde Awards, which honour the best in Flemish design each year. Organised by Design Flanders, the awards were given during a ceremony on 19 January in the Flemish parliament in Brussels, where the exhibition will remain until 27 February.Full story
  • bite

    27 Jan 2010 by a a
    It seems like an odd juxtaposition to find Moroccan restaurant La Boya just next to the Onze-Lieve- Vrouw church in Mechelen. Morocco must have seemed amazingly far away to the builders who began work on the church in the 14th century. But the 21st century finds this small slice of Morocco as the church’s neighbour, and the restaurant is well worth a visit.Full story

    27 Jan 2010 by a a
    No doubt Henry Van de Velde would not have been happier than with the choice of Martine Gyselbrecht to be handed the award that bears his name. The Antwerp-born Van de Velde was an innovator, together with Victor Horta, of Art Nouveau, where long, fluid lines sprung from natural, organic sources. Long before his architecture, Van de Velde was a visual artist, eventually abandoning painting to work with the more utilitarian decorative arts – textile, wood, leather.Full story
  • Cut loose the city

    27 Jan 2010 by a a
    Last week, we went just outside Belgium’s capital city for a winter nature escape; for the third in our winterwandeling (winter walking) series, we’re much farther away from the crowds. Blankaart is an extraordinary nature reserve in West Flanders that hosts a castle and is an internationallyknown habitat for wintering birds.Full story
  • Cultural kick-start

    27 Jan 2010 by a a
    “It’s a bit like making a movie based on a book. It’s impossible to get everything from the book into the film. And it’s impossible to get everything from the music into the performance.”Full story