This year my Italian friends, Loretta & Alessandro managed to maintain their (3rd) visit which had been cancelled previous year.
They arrived late on Sunday July 29th after a full day driving from Cavaria (Varese).
Monday morning after a lazy breakfast, we drove (by car) to Blankenberge, Wenduine discover some of the Beaufort works of art displayed along the Belgian Coast.
|The horns "I can Hear it" of Ivars Drulle,|
nearby the Bellevue Residence (1909)
|The "Rock Strangers" of Arne Quinze|
We spent Tuesday in Brugge, visiting a.o. the exhibition of "The Mourners" in the Old Saint-John Hospital.
The ongoing expansion and renovation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon has created the opportunity for these exceptional works to travel first to the United States, and then to a few privileged cities in Europe.The tombs of the first and second dukes of Burgundy have been displayed since the early 19th century within the dukes' medieval palace, which now forms part of the Museum. These galleries will be renovated between 2010 and 2012, providing a first and only opportunity to present the full suite of mourners independent of the architectural framework of the tomb itself, allowing the sculptures to be viewed and appreciated as discrete works of art. While the mourners from the tomb of Philip the Bold will remain on view in another portion of the museum, those from the tomb of John the Fearless are making an unprecedented tour.
Please click on following link for more explanation on these fabulous works of art:
We also visited the "Halve Maan" (Half Moon) Brewery where the
"Brugse Zot" and de "Straffe Hendrik" beer is brewed.
|View of the Catedral and the Church of Our Lady|
On Wednesday we visited Cadzand & Sluis in Holland.
|The mussels in Cadzand were delicious.|
|The Beffry in Sluis|
On Thursday 2 Aug we drove to the Westcoast
The "Players" of Michal Gabriel
on the beach in De Panne.
on the beach in De Panne.
The sculptures of the Czech artist Michal Gabriel present themselves as endless creations, as a natural emergence of a figure from the material. His Players, with their endless arms chained to the ground, make a painfully static impression. As a gang hanging around they seem to threaten; later they appear to stand motionless in their place more as outsider-observer, without the slightest chance of interaction. With their hands rooted deep in the sand of De Panne, we can speculate about what is going on under the ground...
|"Waiting for the Climate Change" of Isaac Cordal.|
IThe Spanish artist Isaac Cordal has been living and working for several years as a street artist in Brussels. By working on a small scale the artist creates an enormous freedom of movement for himself. He sometimes sets off with up to twenty sculptures in his rucksack, to spread them about in the area. For this he rarely uses sculptures that are more than 25 cm high. The underlying idea is that the town degenerates into decor for these little sculptures, and that they find protection behind, under and between the street furniture. Cordal is interested in the fact that the involvement is by nature temporary and that each passer-by can become an involuntary viewer. In his installations he often expresses a concern about our problematic relationship with nature in town and about the passivity and distressing lack of interest towards the hopeless state of the environment. This concern is also present in the installation Waiting for the Climate Change on the beach of De Panne. The small sculptures - as yet high and dry and with a buoy tied around their waist - are located on a pole, waiting for the consequences of global warming. They seem to be passively waiting for the sea to drag them away.
|Cordals installation in Villa Le Chalutier is a further elaboration on this theme.|
Villas in the Bortier avenue
|The Church of Our Lady in the "Zeelaan" (Avenue de la Mer)|
In Koksijde we visited the Dunes Abbey (see link)
|"Yorkshire Soul I" of Jaume Plensa|
The internationally acclaimed Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa is known for his monumental human figures in the public space. Both silent contemplation as well as physical and instinctive exploration come to the surface in Plensa's work.
He searches for the pleasures and the contradictions of the condition humaine.In Koksijde a seated sculpture, built out of letters, has been placed on the site of the Abbey Museum Ten Duinen 1388.
This delicate body is seated on a stone with the arms around the knees, as it were providing protection for his own emotions while entering into conversation with the viewer.
Some works of the Belgian sculptor William Sweetlove.
|Alessandro with the Monk sculpture of William Sweetlove|
|The "Hoge Blekker", the highest dune on the Belgian coast|
|The "Tripods of Zilvinas Kempinas|
|The faun "The Wanderer" of Melita Couta |
on the beach of Oostduinkerke
A faun with a golden horn stares vacantly towards the sea with its head raised and open mouth. The faun, an old Greek mythological figure, is linked with the location on the beach at Koksijde through its association with old customs and the superstitions of the fishermen. He is staring at the interminable sea, symbol of the eternal waiting, the longing. With his open mouth he blows with the wind and drinks the rain.
In her Journeys the artist is searching for connections and differences between people and places, resulting in a map with inhabitants. To her maps are not only the reproduction of landscape elements, but can just as well reproduce structures of a very different kind. For this she has sought out archive material of the Fisheries Museum as well as own family photographs, thus creating a new universe, in which her own Cypriotic background is interwoven with the rich history of the fishing families of Koksijde.
|The Fishery Museum in Oostduinkerke|
In her Journeys the artist is searching for connections and differences between people and places, resulting in a map with inhabitants. To her maps are not only the reproduction of landscape elements, but can just as well reproduce structures of a very different kind.
For this she has sought out archive material of the Fisheries Museum as well as own family photographs, thus creating a new universe, in which her own Cypriotic background is interwoven with the rich history of the fishing families of Koksijde.
On Friday 3 aug we walked along the old fortifications and remaining Gates of Brugge
|De "Nieuwe Papegaai" (New Parrot) Mill|
|The "Sint Janshuismolen" (Mill of Saint-John)|
|Loretta on the Conzett bridge over the Coupure|
We ended up in the Astridpark where a popular fiest "Vama Veche" was in full progress.
On the very last day of their visit, Saturday 4th August, we took the train to Zeebrugge and spent a few lovely sunny hours on the beach.