SILK & PRINTS FROM THE ABRAHAM ARCHIVE: MOMU in Antwerp
During the 1930 Abraham worked with many influential artists: Braque/Chagall/Balmain/Shiaparelli etc.
During the 1950/60 , the famous couturiers Dior/Givenchy/St Laurent and Balenciaga all worked together with the swiss firm Abraham, for exclusive fabrics. The exhibition shows an impressive collection of sample books, couture photographs and textiles.
David Bowie is faster than sound - a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London 23 March -11 August 2013.
Last week I visited the exhibition and it was spectacular. The story - the presentation - the sound - the advanced audio guide system and 3D sound experience made it a sonic and visual spectacle. A must go !!
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We made this stopmotion movie by ourselves. With cut-outs - knits - drawings - special paper etc. While we were moving the objects around, the photographer Lo Andela was clicking away (100 photo's a page).
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My design for the CAKEWALK stand at the Kleine Fabriek Fashion Fair 08 - 09 july in Amsterdam/ The Netherlands.
The wall has one of my prints (used in the clothing only enlarged). The inspiration wall with real flowers + the big white flowers I made by hand.
A picture of my living room where I constructed the big flowers
Starting working on the inspiration wall with cut outs and real flowers in small plastic tubes stuck to the wall.
A visit to his exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.
I was fascinated by his early work based on black and white photos. When you get up close , his technique is incredible and the effect is amazing.
The grayness of Gerhard Richter's work is instructive, and distressing. It comes, of course, from black and white photography, from snapshots, newspaper pictures, portraits. In any of these forms, precisely because they purport to be records of reality, photographs are actually furthest from reality. The moments are not false but the records are falsifications that inherently disregard what came before and what came after. They are, in other words, or can be, works of art.
Richter was born in 1932 in Dresden, where he lived through the rise of Hitler, the war, and the installation of Communism in East Germany. He studied art there, was successful in a kind of modernist Socialist Realist style of painting, and then left in 1961 for West Germany (Düsseldorf), where he remains (near Cologne). Most of his work in the 1960s is photographically based. He had been a photographer's assistant as a youth and now made scrapbooks of photos, some of which he projected and rendered into paintings. Most are of families, vacation scenes, fashion shots, but occasionally a newspaper photo intrudes of American planes bombing or of emaciated naked dead bodies attended by vultures. The references to tragedy in his paintings are sideways, often personal, sometimes private.
Richter enters a spiritualized realm in the 1970s, a realm of abstraction, revered art of the past, mysterious and familiar landscapes, and eventually, in the 1990s and beyond, of maternity, paternity, and self-portraiture. Gray seems still to be behind everything, but color becomes more prevalent. He literally introduces many of the possibilities of color with a very neat and large color chart of 1974 called 256 Colors. In the 1980s and '90s, his abstractions are increasingly formulaic, made with a squeegee that pushes across the surface in straight paths the way his brush did in "unpainting" images during the 1960s. They constantly reveal new accidents of color and shape but also cover up and hide.
SAUL LEITER EXHIBITION
Joods Historisch Museum - Amsterdam 2011
Exhibition Fashion Museum Antwerp
WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK
Dream The World Awake
I love his details and handycraft
Walls of his inspiration
Some of his creations (randomly chosen). 2 big rooms full of his designs. A must see !!
There is loads more to see; films, catwalk impressions etc.
It is a great way to spend a day in Antwerp. First start around the corner of the MOMU at Le Pain Quotidien for brunch. After the exhibition visit their bookshop, many great books to look at. And finally walk (8 min) to the best chip shop 'FRITUUR nr1' near the Grote Markt in Antwerp.