Where to go? Inspiration tips and more!

CultureTips

Every two weeks there will be some tips to go out for inspiration! Exhibitions, musea or other great places!

Editor: Dorien Luyckx

1. Death becomes her. A Century of Mourning Attire

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Many fashion exhibitions and magazines have devoted issues to wedding dresses and the dreams that they represent. But life isn’t always at its fullest and fashion needs to follow. The habit of wearing mourning clothes in western countries has changed a lot over the past few centuries. In the New York Metropolitan Museum, we can discover fashion from a different angle.

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The exhibition holds thirty ensembles that show the evolution of mourning wear from 1815 to 1915. It includes gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra and many other which are exhibited for the first time.

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It reveals the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century. The exhibition also informs about the appropriate fabrics throughout the century and the later introduction of colour with shades of grey and mauve.

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The exhibition in the New York Metropolitan Museum will be presented from the 21st of October till the first of February. You will find more information on the website: Metropolitan Museum: Death becomes her

2. Treasures from India. Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Marilyn Monroe already sang it and who are we to disagree? So who can resist a whole exposition dedicated to jewels from India!? India has been a vibrant centre for the jewelled arts for many centuries. This country had their own mines filled with gold, diamonds, and many other precious stones.

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The jewels are part of the private collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani. Sheikh Hamad stated: “The jewelled arts of India have fascinated me from an early age and I have been fortunate to be able to assemble a meaningful collection that spans from the Mughal period to the present day. I am delighted that The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be exhibiting highlights from the collection, making the subject known to a wider audience.”

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The display contains a range of history: historical works from the Mughal period in the 17th century and master pieces from various courts and centres of the 18th and 19th centuries. A group of late 19th- and 20th-century jewels made for India’s Maharajas by Cartier and other Western firms are also part of the exhibition. Finally it also includes contemporary commissions inspired by traditional Indian forms.

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The exhibition starts the 28th of October and lasts till the 25th of January. For more information, you can visit the site of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

3. Horst: Photographer of Style

Through the work of fashion photographers magazines like Vogue and Elle showed their view of the world. Through their lens these artists captured a glimpse of a whole new world, a piece of magic, of the future.

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In London visitors can discover the sensual sophistication hidden in the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-1999). In 1930 he met Baron George Hoyningen-Huene, the star photographer for the French Vogue. He took Horst P. Horst under his wings and he became his mentor and partner. In the following years Horst P. Horst worked for different Vogue divisions (American, French) and other magazines (Vanity Fair). In 1996 he received the prestigious ‘Master of Photography’ award from the International Centre of Photography, New York.

The London V&A presents to the public an exhibition around his numerous and impeccable work, centred around many themes: Haute Couture, Stage and Screen, Travel, Patterns of Nature, The Studio, Fashion in Colour, Living in Style, Nudes, Platinum.

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Note: The 12th of November you can discover during a lunchtime lecture Horst’s early career in Paris. Together with the exhibition curator you plunge into the fascinating stories behind some pieces of his memorable work.

Note II: #MyHorstPhoto. For the Instagram artists the exhibition is accompanied by an instagram photo competition, where you can share your work inspired by Horst P. Horst.

The exhibition will last till the 4th of January. For more info you can visit the V&A website

4. The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die


Some legends never die. Sherlock Holmes is one of them. Born out of Sir Conan Doyle’s phantasy, he solved crimes as a consulting detective and is known for his logical reasoning. Together with John Watson he wanders through Victorian London. Nowadays he still is exmtremely popular and his stories inspire many others.

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The Museum of London has dedicated an exposition to this intriguing figure of British literature. The display will explore how this detective has transcended literature onto stage and screen. Through film, photography, paintings and original artefacts the exhibition tries to recreate the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London.

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You can visit the exhibition till the 12th of April, 2015. In you are interested, you can find more information on the website of the Museum of London.

5. Sensation and sensuality. Rubens and his legacy

The museum calls Rubens ‘The Quentin Tarantino of his time’. He launched Flanders in the premier league of pictorial art. He depicted scenes of violence and desire, combined with compassion and elegance. He became an inspiration for many generations of artists, all over the world.

Peter Paul Rubens, Pan and Syrinx, 1617, oil on panel, 40 x 61 cm
Peter Paul Rubens, Pan and Syrinx, 1617, oil on panel

The cooperation between Bozar, the Royal Museum of Arts in Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Arts in London makes you rediscover the works of this Flemish genius and his inspired artistic heirs.

Peter Paul Rubens, Venus Frigida, 1614, oil on panel, 145 x 185.6 cm
Peter Paul Rubens, Venus Frigida, 1614, oil on panel

Next to Rubens work the visitors can discover work of Van Dyck, Watteau, Delacroix, Manet, Rembrandt and Picasso.

You can visit the exhibition till the 4th of January, for more info you can turn to the website of the Centre of Fine Arts Brussels.

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