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Delve into the world of the art collector at CENTRALE TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER
Currently showing at CENTRALE, the City of Brussels’ contemporary art centre, the exhibition Private Choices offers a fascinating insight into the universe of the art collector, showcasing some 250 artworks from an array of Belgian and international artists that are in the hands of private collectors. “Without art collectors there would be no collections,” points out Carine Fol, curator of the Private Choices exhibition and art director at CENTRALE. “I experienced a fascinating journey as I went on the discovery of works, collections and the many fascinating personalities behind them.” There are 11 different collections on display in thematic categories such as ‘A surrealistic cabinet’, ‘To Life, to Death’ and ‘Once upon a time…’. Within each collection visitors can admire works from both up-and-coming names and famous artists like René Magritte, Cy Twombly and Louise Bourgeois.
In addition to viewing the artworks – which range from small pieces to monumental works – visitors to the exhibition can discover a selection of books chosen by each collector and a piece of music they have picked. There are also interviews with each collector, offering a real insight into their passion for collecting and their personal taste. To conclude, Private Choices is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the important role of the collector in today’s art world and discover artworks which are not normally on show to the public. “These collections contain
works of art that would make most museum directors jealous,” enthuses Fol. Carlos Aires, Llorando, 2010. Photo: © Arcades
Inaugurated in 2006, the CENTRALE contemporary art centre is located in Brussels’ first electric power station. The centre promotes emerging and renowned artists from across Belgium whilst privileging an international dimension. The exhibition Private Choices will show until 27 May.
Kader Attia, Ghost, 2007. Photo: © Philippe DeGobert Brussels
Storytelling through powerful images TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER & SIMON WILLMORE | PHOTOS: MUSÉE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE CHARLEROI
The Museum of Photography in Charleroi, centre of contemporary arts of the WalloniaBrussels federation, opened its doors to the public in 1987 in the old convent of Mont-sur-Marchienne. It remains one of the most important photography museums in Europe, with a collection of 80,000 photographs – 800 of which are exhibited across 6,000 square metres. Discovery. Wonder. Awe. These are what one experiences when seeing the stories portrayed by the skilful photography on display at the museum. A place of memory and life, gathering both Belgian and international works in a coherent timeline where the visitor learns about the history and evolution of photography through time in its many shapes and forms. The thematic arrangement of the museum’s collection varies between a specific artist’s work or around a certain topic. Temporary ex30 | Issue 52 | April 2018
hibitions bring to life contemporary creations, with great support being given to young talents. Eager to bring the wonder of photography to a younger audience and beyond, the museum cultivates partnerships with different educational institutions and groups. Group visits are available on request. Running from 24 April until 16 September, (opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 10-6pm) this year’s exhibitions are A Love Supreme by Liliane Vertessen, the Emosong series by Giancarlo Romeo, and a joint show by 60 photographers dedicated to the varying companionship and mysteriousness of the humble household cat. Vertessen was a runaway by 15 and in a travelling band shortly after. Her images capture the neon lights and the provocative dress of New York in the 1970s. Romeo’s subject are the men and women of The Lighthouse day centre for the Royal Institute for the Deaf and Blind, who were given the chance to experience a photo shoot perhaps for the first time.
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.