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CULTURE
Happy Birthday Dear Academie
London, Paris, Milan and New York are usually the first cities that come to mind as the breeding grounds of art and culture. Yet it's in Antwerp, Belgium (with a population of around 500,000), where the Royal Academy of Fine Arts has been producing...
CULTURE
Gabriel Dawe
Growing up as a boy in Mexico, Gabriel Dawe was forbidden to explore the artistic elements of textiles and embroidery, an area thought to be reserved for women. Nevertheless, the color and intensity of Mexican culture began to appear in his artwork...
DESIGN
21
On display through 15 April 2012, the exhibition "21&#8212: 21 Years of Cultural Posters" celebrates the more intriguing covers of the quarterly Flemish design magazine Kwintessens since it started in 1992. Almost every issue reflects the vision...
FOOD-DRINK
Duvel Collection Design Competition
Advertorial content: As part of a new competition, Duvel invited graphic artists from around the world to customize beer goblets with their work. The winning entry will become part of the Duvel Collection and will be available through their shop...
CULTURE
Leffe Beer: Craft Your Character
Advertorial content: With a history steeped in robust flavor, Belgian beer brand Leffe recently turned to the intriguing men of NYC to find a cast of characters whose personal stories matched the beer's extraordinary qualities. Part of Leffe's nationwide...
TRAVEL
Museum Aan de Stroom
Advertorial content: Building as exhibition: the Guggenheim pioneered the larger-than-life model we've come to expect from any international museum worth its salt. New York and Bilbao have their Guggenheims, and Rome has its MAXXI. Now, Antwerp...
DESIGN
Belgium is Design
Belgium is Design is the slogan under which three Belgian design organizations have banded together to present local creativity at Milan Design week. The effort has brought 34 exhibitors, well-known designers, emerging talents and companies to several...
CULTURE
Inge Grognard/Ronald Stoops
Almost as legendary as their subjects, creative husband-and-wife duo, Inge Grognard and Ronald Stoops are steeped in Antwerp's fashion scene heyday of the early '80s. With Stoops behind the lens and Gorgnard supplying the make up direction, the...
STYLE
Marie Jo L'Aventure by A.F. Vandevorst
Belgian lingerie label Marie Jo L'Aventure breaks new ground this A/W 2010 when it launches an intriguingly minimalist collaboration with fellow countrymen, the fashion label A.F. Vandevorst. The six-piece collection,named Marie Jo L'Aventure by...
STYLE
Le Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles
The classic white tank top—worn for ages by everyone from business men to construction workers—is a wardrobe staple. While several brands already reinvent the original, like American Apparel, Petit Bateau, and Schiesser, we lately have...
STYLE
Black. Masters of Black in Fashion and Costume
An apt location for an exhibition dedicated to the use of black in fashion and costume design, Antwerp is arguably the industry's minimalism mecca. As an influential fashion capital, its status owes much to the Antwerp Six—graduates from the...
TECH
Margiela Currency Wallets
Famed Belgian fashion recluse Martin Margiela's wallets fashioned on the two leading currencies are the perfect wry accessory for these brink-of-recession times. Investing in either might even be a safer choice than playing the currency market...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Tom Gallant
Living and working in Brussels, Belgium, Tom Gallant creates hand-cut floral prints out of archived pornographic magazines. Using a surgical blade, he cuts into the imagery, layering extremely delicate cut-outs on top of one another to assemble a...
STYLE
Shutzmarke
Belgian-born Tim Coppens started his Shutzmarke brand over five years ago with a design studio, gallery, and store in Antwerp taking a "different approach to street culture in Belgium." Fast-forward to 2006 and the young designer launches...
FOOD-DRINK
Filliers Fruit Jenevers
Nothing says summer's arrived like a cold jenever on ice. Jenever is a liquor made from juniper berries (and often grain) that comes in many varieties. Only those made in Holland or the northern part of Belgium are able to use the name jenever...
CULTURE
Cindy Wright
Cindy Wright is a Belgian artist who is showing her work for the first time in the United States at Pulse, a fair concurrent with Art Basel in Miami. [We'll be on site giving you reports all next week]. Cindy's work is nothing short of...
DESIGN
Laidback by Das Ding
The "Laidback" sofa, with its exaggerated proportions and skew angles, is a tricky new design from Belgian studio Das Ding. This oversized furnishing's super-high arm rests and upwardly-sloped seats make it both attractive and visually...
CULTURE
Michelle Teran
Jonah recently reviewed an incredible performance art piece in Belgium. Life: A User's Manual is a public performance by media artist Michelle Teran where she dresses up like a bag lady and carries an antenna made out of a soup can while pushing...
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