In search of the Industrial Vibe

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Charleroi is a Belgian city located on the Sambre River.  Wallonia’s largest agglomeration, this young city (350 years old) used to be a major centre for glass, metallurgy, and coal production during the industrial revolution. Nicknamed “le Pays Noir” (The Black Country), it has been neglected by politicians, abandoned by its inhabitants and labelled “the… Read more »

Meditative bowl

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White Rainbow, a Fitzrovia art gallery focusing on contemporary art from Japan, recently opened its new show presenting the work of Japanese artist Kazuo Katase. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in London since 1999. Katase has lived in Kassel, Germany for more than 40 years. Trained as a painter, he was invited to… Read more »

A Fairy Dress Made of Waste

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In a few days, the Milan 2015 Universal Exhibition will come to an end. Its theme, ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’, looked at innovation and creativity around food. It is in this context that the French Pavilion, together with Lille Europe, put on an original exhibition called ‘Textifood’ displaying various textile creations incorporating food… Read more »

From solidity to fragility

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The summer is often a great time for sculpture exhibitions. Tate Britain just opened a major retrospective of Hepworth’s work including her large-scale bronzes from the 1960s. The Fine Art Society is currently showing an exhibition of new work by Emily Young, Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor. On 9 July, Sculpture in the City will… Read more »

Belgian makers in town

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COLLECT, the international art fair for contemporary objects, will soon be back for its 12th anniversary at the Saatchi Gallery. Presented by the Crafts Council, it covers the fields of ceramics, glass, precious metal, textiles and furniture with a selection of 35 galleries from Europe, Asia and North America. Among the participants, the WCC-BF, an… Read more »

Red as Etna’s fire

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The last time the British public saw a solo exhibition of Sicilian painter Renato Guttuso was in 1996 at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. It is therefore with great interest that, this week, we have discovered the new exhibition called ‘Renato Guttuso: Painter of Modern Life’ at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art… Read more »

Commissioned Walls

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Commissioned work plays an important role both for cultural organisations and artists. We have selected two art commissions that opened to the public earlier this month and feature monumental installations set along walls. In both projects, the artists use the unique shape of the wall to transform the experience of the viewers visiting the venue…. Read more »

A Wimbledon house with European connections

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Wimbledon is always one of the hot spots of the British summer season. A very special house can be found there, full of charm, eccentricity and international connections, that is really worth discovering. Our visit to the 17th century Southside House earlier this season was a total surprise. Hidden behind high walls near Wimbledon Common,… Read more »

A parallel universe of women

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The Lloyds Club, nestled in the heart of London’s financial district, has been entirely taken over by women artists and the result is stunning.”2Q13 – Women Artists, Women Collectors”, an exhibition co-curated by Marcelle Joseph and Lydia Cowpertwait, features 78 contemporary artworks, all made by women artists. Some of the art pieces belong to important… Read more »

The food capital

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If you’re planning a vacation or staycation in London this summer, try exploring the city’s diverse food scene. The launch of the 7th edition of Food Lovers’ London, published by Metro, took place at Unpackaged in Hackney earlier this month. Unpackaged is a new food store concept: it hosts a café, a bar and an… Read more »

A secret art library

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It was the first time that most of us could visit the Research Library of the Royal Academy of Arts, a secret place on the second floor of the building, far from the hectic circulation of visitors flocking into the Manet exhibition on show. Small and intimate, the Research Library of the RA is the… Read more »

Lost In Paradise

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Paris, 3rd Arrondissement, Le Marais, Rue de Sévigné, is the perfect location for holding the exhibition “Lost in Paradise, Du Spirituel Dans L’Art Actuel”. Curated by the Franco-British team, Arianne Levene and Eglantine de Ganay, this exhibition is their third collaboration under A&E projects following the very successful Rashid Rana’s solo show at the Musée… Read more »

From Two to Three Dimensions

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The exhibition “Sculptors’ Drawings and Works on Paper” is currently showing at Kings Place beside London’s King’s Cross station. It is a collaborative initiative between the two galleries located in the venue: Pangolin and Kings Place Gallery. Nico Widerberg, “Vekst” (2012), Lithograph, Courtesy of the artist/University Gallery, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne What do we… Read more »

French Interiors’ Stories

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A solo exhibition of Anne-Françoise Couloumy opened this week in Mayfair. A French artist often described as La Hopper Française, Couloumy is an extraordinary artist whose talent and achievement have been acknowledged through the appointment to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. It was a real honour to meet her… Read more »

Edible Art

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During a recent visit to Brussels for Art Brussels, I met one of my favourite young Belgian chocolate makers, Laurent Gerbaud, in his shop opposite the cultural hub BOZAR. His store is like his chocolates: authentic, seductive and pleasant. Packaged chocolates are displayed on a big central table for those who are in a hurry…. Read more »

A sporting effort: The Lamot Collection

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With the London Olympics almost here, it seems appropriate to share a discovery I made during one of my recent visits to Brussels. In a beautiful house in Boulevard Saint Michel, former banker Jean-Louis Lamot displays part of his unique collection. He has spent the last 23 years travelling the world to build one of… Read more »

A new biennale in Eastern Europe

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The “biennale” is an international concept initiated in Venice to promote art and local tourism. About 200 biennales take place annually across the globe. It is possible to travel everywhere following the dates of the international contemporary art biennales: Venice, Sao Paulo, Sidney, Havana, Istanbul, Lyon, Berlin, Shanghai, Singapore, Athens to name a few. Now,… Read more »

An Art Deco Treasure

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Brussels has several Art Deco jewels. Among those, the small “Musée van Buuren” is at the top of the list. It is a unique, intimate house located in the residential area of Uccle, full of paintings, sculptures, Art Deco furniture and objects created by Belgian, French and Dutch designers. These art pieces were acquired by… Read more »

An Artist’s Space

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Visiting an artist’s studio is an inspiring and intimate experience, and the one that we visited last week – Shezad Dawood’s studio in London’s East End – was no exception. “The Majestic” (2007), part of the series exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in 2010, Courtesy of Shezad Dawood The event was organised by From My… Read more »