Tag: Kunst

For whom the bells toll

Just an overview of June and the beginning of July. It is about a month ago that I last posted something so a few things have happened since then.

2019 is six months old. The Charles the B quest and artwork have been on the back burner for a while because there was a lot of stuff that had to be done for art school (end of year activities such as the open days, plein air painting etc.), real life (clearing out houses, taxes, etc) and extracurricular activities (reenactment). I have been updating IG with about a picture a day but I haven’t updated the pages of this site yet.

1. Open days

There were many adult students and children graduating from the academy this year. Their exhibition took place in a local museum that has been temporarily emptied for renovation works later on. I didn’t take any photographs of the exhibition, though. It was very hot and crowded during the opening weekend so I didn’t bother.

The open days of the other students took place in their own ateliers. I was there for demo painting on Friday night but didn’t achieve a lot (apart from chatting with friends, Romans and countrymen :/).

The painting atelier. It’s usually not so tidy during the year, but full of pupils, easels and workbenches, etc.

On the hottest day of the year so far we had our yearly “Place du Tertre” event where students (volunteers) sit down at their easels and draw or paint people (volunteers and models) in public. Here is a view from my easel on the square where the museum of the exhibition is located. For privacy reasons no pictures of my drawings or the general public.

The building is the old prison. It looks medieval but it’s not that old. It’s a small museum now.

2. Random things

Too hot to hike but there was a guided tour of the church belfry of the Roman + many other ages church a week ago. It doesn’t happen often and it’s something I wanted to do for quite some time.

The church with the bell tower on the left. You enter the tower via a small door at the bottom.
The first floor can be reached via a narrow spiral staircase.
From one of the windows of the tower one can see the gothic church. Building ended in around 1470 but it was never actually finished as it was intended to be at least 2,3 times as large.
The carillon at the top under the vaulted ceiling. Originally it dates from the first quarter of the 18th century. It can be played automatically or manually.
Counterweight of a clock, one floor down in a side room.
The thing that intrigued me the most was the dark room beneath the counterweights. The floor is sand/dust and what you see is a wooden walkway. It was not accessible.
Interior. I took this during a previous visit.

3. Reenactment

Spent the weekend at Hélécine, at the medieval weekend. My grandparents used to live in a neighbouring village, just a couple miles away, so I know the domain quite well. I didn’t camp there, however. Some pictures made with my phone in a rush, so not great quality.

Castle of Hélécine, not medieval.
Tents (not our group)
More tents
Dudes in armour. Red cross so guess Burgundians
Soupçon de bataille
Battle, removed the visitors as much as I could, hence the strange framing

4. The quest

Not much done. Reading the Hermit book about Charles the Bold, the memoirs of Filips van Komen.

WIP – one more digital

Digital doodle, loosely based on the copy of the 1474 Dijon painting of the Bold, in which he looks rather scruffy.

Broken Arrow

This vintage adventure novel must have come from my grandmother. That cover … so wrong… on so many levels….

Thomas Moore

Every time I come across this portrait of Thomas Moore by Holbein, I just want to give up and change to passive knitting or something similar.

Art: Raoul

On Sunday we went on an art school field trip to Ghent where we visited three different exhibitions. Keeping the short attention span of the general public in mind, including myself I’m afraid, I am going to distribute the events of the day over three posts.

Stop 1: The SMAK (museum of contemporary art)

The relation between the people of Ghent and the Dukes of Burgundy was always a difficult one, but I suppose they have calmed down now and suits of armour and cannons were not in order for this trip. Instead, I took e-versions of Burgundian history books with me to read on the bus.

Our first stop was the SMAK. The SMAK is a bit like the M: huge white spaces with not a lot in them. Last time I was there was for the Gerhard Richter exhibition. This time the featured artist was Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012). The best room was the first with the colourful semi-abstract paintings of everyday objects.

Gampelaere omgeving – 1967 (image from the museum’s site)

The other works were mostly abstract. Ensued a vivid discussion in our group about the meaning of art and the value of this particular artist. Some loved it, others thought it was rubbish, and the usual ‘toddlers can do better’ cliché was uttered (which is not always an invalid argument, lol). Somebody said you need to know the context and read the plaques but if one needs a plaque to appreciate a work of art, the purpose is lost, imho.

The next one is not by Raoul but by another artist in one of the rooms with the fixed collection. Venus of the anthropocene by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Not sure if this is a relative of Liam Neeson.


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