About

Born in Uccle, Brussels, Belgium.
Living and working bewtween Sarzana, SP, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland.

Education

High school diploma in Belgium.
Degree in paintings, Academy of Fine Arts, Carrara, Italy.
Attended Fashion Design courses at Saint Martin’s School, London, England.
Master in textile Design, Marangoni School, Milan, Italy.

Solo exhibitions

2001 “Mondo E-Centrico”, devised and organised by A.Tedeschi, sale della circoscrizione 2, Carrara, Italy.

2002 “Monica bianco per Arte Capital”, galleria Arte Capital, devised and organized by Monica Bianco, Brescia, Italy.

2003 “Dipinti”, Loggiato di Gemmi, devised by Ferruccio Battolini and organised by Fiammetta Gemmi, Sarzana (SP), Italy.
“Spazi e volumi”, foyer Centro Allende, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, Fernando Andolcetti, Cosimo Cimino, Mauro Manfredi, La Spezia, Italy.
“Le mostre del caffè Verdi”, Caffè Verdi, devised and organized by Enrico Formica, La Spezia, Italy.

2007 “Clash”, galleria Sakros, devised and organised by Cesare Nardi and Daniele Sanguinetti,Carrara
Avenza, (MS), Italy.

2009 “Tokyo Ga”, associazione culturale Arte Giappone, devised and organised by Galleria
Blanchaert and Nakata Kaeko, Milano, Italy
“Asian Cityscapes”, devised and organized by Joung Jay Lee, Jay Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.

2010 “Acquaterrapietra di Luna”, devised by Antonello Pelliccia, caffe Il Cortiletto C/o Accademia
di Brera, Milano, Italy.
“ Electrolife”, to the Consolato generale del Belgio a Milano, with the collaboration of Galleria Blanchaert, Milano, Italy

2012 “Portus”, devised and organised by Walter Geerts, Academia Belgica, Rome, Italy.

2014 “Trip Advise: Carrara – Roma, devised and organised by Francisco de Almeida Dias, the high
patronage of the Portugal’s Ambassador to the Holy See Mr. Antonio de Almeida Ribeiro,
Istituto Portoghese di Sant’Antonio in Roma, Roma.
“Gaia”, spazio Lichene, a cura di Stefano Lichene, Sarzana, Italy

Group exhibitions

1996 “Segni e Disegni”, Palazzo Civico, Sarzana (SP), Italy.

1997 “Colorando ‘97”, Palazzo Civico, Sarzana (SP), Italy.
“All’ombra delle Apuane, I Giovani e l’Arte”, Palazzo Ducale, Massa, Italy.
“In Fieri ’97”, II biennale degli studenti, Accademia di Belle Arti, Carrara (MS), Italy.

1998 “Arcolarte ’98, Vedute per il 2000, estemporanea a Baccano, Arcola (SP), Italy.
“L’auto nell’Arte”, teatro comunale, Camaiore. 2nd prize (LU), Italy.
1999 “In Fieri ’99”, Il Viaggio, III biennale degli studenti, Accademia di Belle Arti, Carrara (MS), Italy.

2000 “Ogni Martedì”, devised and organized by Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, Palazzina INA, ex Fabbricotti, Carrara (MS), Italy.
“Artedove 2000”, percorsi d’arte contemporanea con concorso fotografico,
Fosdinovo (MS), Italy.
“3 X 3 = 10”, Lerici (SP), Italy.

2001 “Methamorphosis”, Circolo culturale Arthena, Pozzuolo di Lerici (SP), Italy.
“Citta’ di Carrara”, estemporanea, Carrara (MS). 2nd prize, Italy.
“Mestieri e Sapori”, Carrara (MS), Italy.

“Artedove 2001”, percorsi d’arte contemporanea con concorso fotografico, Fodinovo (SP), Italy.

2002 “Insieme… e di più”, Palazzo Ducale, Massa, Italy.
“Asta di Solidarietà”, Palazzo Civico, Sarzana (MS), Italy.
“Nel nome di Eros – Un rito di risveglio”, devised by Circolo culturale Arthena,
Pozzuolo di Lerici (SP), Italy.
“Altramarea” – V rassegna nazionale di poesia contemporanea con Risveglio, installation devised by Circolo culturale Arthena, Tellaro, Lerici (SP), Italy.
“Sport e Divertimenti”, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, Parco Pieve di San Venerio, La Spezia, Italy.

2003 “Pittura e Scultura al Femminile”, Palazzo Ducale, Massa, Italy.
“Miart 2003”, art gallery Arte Capital, Milan, Italy.
“La Contessa di Castiglione”, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, foyer Centro Allende, La Spezia, Italy.
“Fuori Gioco”, Perform Arte contemporanea art gallery, la Spezia, Italy.
“Essere Apparire”, devised by Circolo culturale Arthena, fortezza di Sarzanello, Sarzana (SP), Italy.
“Group Show”, devised by Perform art gallery, Antica Legatoria Lo Scaffale, Pisa, Italy.

2004 “Differenze”, Centro Allende, La Spezia, Italy.
“Arte in Ostaggio”, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, Centro Allende, La Spezia, Italy.
“Insieme e di più”, Palazzo Ducale, Massa, Italy.
“Il libretto digitale, Cento idee in cento libretti”, Centro Allende, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, La Spezia, Italy.
“Altramarea”, devised by Circolo culturale Arthena, Tellaro, Lerici (SP), Italy.
“Submarine”, Centro Allende, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, La Spezia, Italy.
“Donne ch’avete intelletto d’amore”, APT azienda promozione turismo, Marina di Massa (MS), Italy.
“Fighting Back”, an exhibition in support of the campaign to stop violence against women, devised and organized by Amnesty International Japan, March

2004 – March 2006, Japan.

2005 “Natura morta oggi”, Centro Allende, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, La Spezia, Italy.
“ Submarine, Trilogia – Tre itinerari di arte visiva” ( 28th May – 12th June, Marinettiana, 10th -19th September, Esercizi di stile), Vezzano Ligure (SP), Italy.
“Insieme e’ di più”, devised and organized by Prof. Claudio Giumelli, Palazzo Ducale, Massa, Italy.
“L’occhio vuole la sua parte”, Centro Allende, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, La Spezia, Italy.
“13×17”, Padigioneitalia, Venezia.

2006 “Costruire la pace è… salvare il mondo”, Anticamera Sala Affreschi, Palazzo Panciatichi, devised and organized by Claudio Giumelli, Firenze, Italy.

\ “Kniths”, mail art exhibition, devised and organized by Alberto Sordi, La Spezia, Italy.
– “Artesotteranea – artisti in galleria “ seconda edizione, devised and organized by
Giorgio Bergami, Giuliana Cuneo, Sara Fregoso, Alessio Gianardi, Andre’ Leuba e Daniela Rollandi, la Cooperativa Agricoltura delle Cinque Terre, con il Patrocinio della Provincia della Spezia, del Comune di Riomaggiore e del Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, Manarola (SP), Italy.
– “The Lisa Game”, devised by circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, organized by il comune di
Ameglia in con Provincia e Regione Ligura, Ameglia (SP), Italy.
– “Giocare ai francobolli”, devised by associazione culturale Il Gabbiano and organized by
l’associazione culturale l’Officina di Riri Negri, Palazzo Imperiale, Genova, Italy.
– “Insulae”, devised and organised by circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, Centro Allende, La Spezia, Italy.
– “The Lisa Game”, devised and organised by circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, La Spezia, Italy.
– “Giocare ai francobolli”, devised and organized by circolo culturale Il Gabbiano,
Centro Allende, La Spezia, Italy.

2007 – “Giocare ai francobolli”, devised and organised circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, Centro Allende,
La Spezia, Italy.
– “Insieme e’…di piu’”, devised and organised Claudio Giumelli, Massa, Italy.
– “13×17”, devised by Padiglioneitalia, Studio Berengo, Murano, Venezia, Italy.
– “Mai dire Mao – Servire il Pop”, devised and organised by Gherardo Frassa, Mercanteinfiera,
Parma, Italy.
– “Il Cinema”, mailart exhibition devised and organised by Alberto Sordi, La Spezia, Italy.

2008 – “Moving up”, organised by Isabella del Bono, Milano, Italy.
– “Elogio della Bugia”, devised and organized by galleria Sakros and circolo culturale Il
Gabbiano, Carrara Avenza, (MS), Italy.
– “L’Alchimista ovvero l’importanza dei sogni”, devised by Grazia Chiesa and Valentina
Travaglia, Lo Studio D’Ars, Milano, Italy.

2009 – International Mail Art exhibition “The Dream”, devided and organised by Alberto Sordi, La
Spezia, Italy.
– “1000 artisti a Palazzo, vetrina dell’arte contemporanea”, devided and organized by Luciano
Caramel and Fiorenzo Barindelli, palazzo Arese Borromeo, Cesano Maderno, (Monza), Italy.
rassegna “Ecoenergie, Aria”, fortezza Firmafede, Sarzana (SP).
– Opening/preview of the exhibiton for “Giornata mondiale dell’Alimentione”
promoted by Ministero dei Beni Artistici e Culturali, devided by Museo Ugo
Guidi, Forte dei Marmi (LU).
– “ALIMENTI, ALImenti, elementi d’arte”, devided and orginised by Sakros arte
contemporanea and Museo Ugo Guidi, Carrara Avenza (MS).
– “Arte in Luce 2009”, esposizione notturna d’arte contemporanea – Villaggio
Olimpico devised and organised by StudioArte20, Torino.
– “En Route”, devised and organized by Jay Young Lee, Jay Gallery, Seoul, South Corea.

2010 – “Artisti in bicicletta’, devised and organized by Fernando Andolcetti, Circolo Culturale
Il Gabbiano, Foyer Centro Allende, La Spezia, Villa Groppallo, Vado Ligure (SA), Italy.
“Candido”, devised and organised by Cesare Nardi, Antonello Pelliccia, ML v Hissnhoven and galleria Sakros, located in Antico lavatoio di via Mascardi Sarzana, Italy.
“Con gli occhi dell’altro. Nuovi immaginari della Liguria nelle opere di artisti danesi e italiani”, devised and organised by Gabriella Anedi and Paola Polito, promoted by Provincia della Spezia and the italian culture institute of Copenaghen, isola della Palmaria (SP) and Lerici (SP), Italy.
“La Luna e il Falo’”, devised and organized by galleria Sakros and with the collaboration of circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, Carrara Avenza (MS), Italy.

2011 – “Arte contemporanea per Una Onlus”, auction organized be Sergio Borrini and devised by
Una Onlus and Fondazione IRCCS, Milano, Italy.
“Terra”, EnergiExpo event, organized by Elisabetta Cori and Enrico Formica, Sarzana (SP),
Italy .
“Organica”, devised and organised by galleria Micromuseo, Luca Ricci di Regno and Irene
Niosi, Spoleto, Italy.
“Con gli occhi dell’altro”, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, devised and organise by cultural artist
danish association Cirklen and italian association Varese Ligure / Contea di Levante,
Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sunday 18 September, illustration of the holy scripture “The last will be the first” for the online magazine L’Inkiesta cultural department devised by Luca Dilena journalist, Milano, Italy.
“Gusta il cibo, bevi l’arte ed elabora il cibo”, business center Il Conte, organised and
devised by Xavier Medolago Albani and with the participation of galleria Blanchaert, Genova, Italy.
“Lo Stato dell’Arte, Padiglione Italia, 54° International Art Exhibition of Biennale di Venezia,
devised and organized by Vittorio Sgarbi, Torino, Italia.

2012 – “Shopping Bag”, 7° edition, devised and organised by e and Tiziana Todi, galleria Vittoria,
Rome. Italy.
“Eterno Femminile”, women exhibition on the women, devised and organised by galleria
Blanchaert, Milano, Italy.
Forum Eurolatinoamericano delle donne de las Mujeres Forum, organised by Isabel Recavarren, poly functional room of Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Rome, Italy.
“Ecce Artist – call for artists – International self portrait exhibition, devised and organised by Maria Grazia Benvenuti, Rome, Italy.

2013 “Atri Fioriti”, painting exhibition organised and devised by Graziano Dagna, Sarzana (SP).
“Artisti in Citadella”, 5° edition, devised and organised by Clara Mazzini and Graziano Dagna, Sarzana.
“Coeva Traditio”, roman school of painting, devised and organised by Otello Lottini and Marco Rossati, Licenza Roma.
“La Calandriniana”, 33° edition, devised and organised by Clara Mazzini and Graziano Dagna, Sarzana (SP).
“Appendere…ad Arte”, 2° edition, devised and organised by Associazione per la
Promozione delle Arti in Italia, Laura Lucibello, biblioteca Rispoli, Roma.
“Bookmark”, organised and devised by Fernando Andolcetti, Cosimo Cimino e Mario Commone, galleria Il Gabbiano, La Spezia.
“Moan Lisa”, mail art, Des Moines, USA.

2014 “Premio Ligures Città di Sarzana”, International Art Exhibition devised by Fabrizio Castana,
Centro d’Arte e Cultura La Tavolozza, Forte Sant’Elpidio, Sarzana, SP. It.
Paintings Le Cave and I Draghi, exhibited into Sinopia gallery devised and organised by
Raffaella Lupi, Roma, It.
“Le Grandi Città”, devised and organised by Alberto Codini, Pagine e Caffè, Roma.
“Asta Adisco-Sotheby’s” Arte contemporanea Design e Leisure, charity auction organised
by Adisco association, Francesco Zanuso gallery, Milano, Italy.
“Calandriniana” 34° edition, workshop, art meetings, the birth of a painting, devised and
organised by Clara Mazzini, Graziano Dagna, Sarzana, SP, Italy.
“Artistamps”, devised and organised by Il Gabbiano gallery, La Spezia, IT.

2015 “Iniziarte2015”, devised and organised by Intreciarte gallery, Pietrasanta (LU), IT.
“MAB – Mail Art Boxes /Scatole del tempo”, devised and organised by Alessio Guano
Atelier 97, Il Gabbiano gallery, La Spezia, IT.
“Collettiva Aprile in Arte 2015”, organised by Intrecciarte gallery, Pietrasanta, LU, IT.
“The Eagle has Landed Apollo 11 – 45 Years later”, organised by Wojciech Rozynsky, BWA gallery, Zielona Gora, Poland.
“Collettiva Ottobre in Arte 2015”, organised by Intrecciarte gallery, Pietransata LU, IT

2016 “Rassegna Internazionale d’Arte Premio Ligures Città di Sarzana”, devised and organised
by Verum Centro d’Arte e Cultura di Civitanova Marche, Sarzana SP, IT.
“Il Pianeta Azzurro. Viaggio all’interno della natura e dell’uomo”, organised by SACS, Quiliano (SV), It.
“Mega Teuf”, organised by Valentina Kaech gallery, Geneva, Ch.
“Quarto Pianeta – L’Accoglienza”, contemporary art competition, 1° edition, Genova, organised by Quarto Staf, IMFI, Museoattivo Claudio Costa, It.

2017 Artbox Project, Basel 1.0, CH
“Arte Citta’ Apuana”, organised and devised by Lodovico Gierut e Clara Mallegni, Massa, It.

My Art Critic Review

Publications

Angeli & Artisti nella iglesia de Los Angeles, uno stuolo di Angeli contemporanei ha scelto di vivere in Argentina,
devised by Daniele Crippa and Ennio Michele Brass, ed Bellavite, september 2017.

All’ombra delle Apuane – I giovani e l’arte 1996/97, devised by Rotary club di Carrara e Massa, 26th January – 15th February 2006/7.

In Fieri 99 – Il ViaggioIII Biennale degli studenti, devised by Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, 24th July – 2nd September 1999.

Monica Amari, I Musei delle Aziende – La cultura della tecnica tra arte e storia,  Franco Angeli Editore, 7th edition, 2001.

Pittura e scultura al femminile,  2nd edition, devised by Claudio Giumelli and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara, 15th February – 9th March 2003.

Fighting Back – An exhibition in Support of the Campaign to Stop Violence against Women, devised by Amnesty International Japan, March 2004 – March 2006.
Arte in ostaggio, devised by Circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, of Provincia della Spezia and of Regione Liguria, 21 – 11 March 2004.

Pittura e scultura al femminile, 4th edition,devised by Claudio Giumelli and  la Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara, 17th September – 9th October 2005.

Insulae, devised by Francesca Mariani,  circolo culturale Il Gabbiano, istituzione per i servizi culturali comune della Spezia, 1st – 15th October 2006.

Knight, international mail Art exhibition catalogue devided by Alberto Sordi, La Spezia, 24th – 31th March 2006.

The Lisa Game, devised by Mara Borzone, circolo culturale Il Gabbiano,  Provincia della Spezia e de Regione Liguria, 14th – 31th August 2006.

Pittura e scultura al femminile, 5th edition, devised and organised by Claudio Giumelli and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara, 3th – 31th March 2007.

Mai dire Mao – Servire il Pop, devised and organised by Gherardo Frassa,  Edizioni Nuages, Mercanteinfiera Parma, 22th – 30th  September, 2007.

13 x 17, 1000 artisti per un’indagine eccentrica sull’arte in Italia, devised and organised by Philippe Daverio and  Jean Blanchaert, ed. Rizzoli, 2007.

Clash, solo exhibition and catalogue devised and organised by Cesare Nardi e Daniele Sanguinetti, Sakros arte contemporanea, ottobre 2007

The Dream, international Mail Art exhibition catalogue devised and organised by Alberto Sordi, La Spezia 2008.

1000 artisti a Palazzo , vetrina dell’arte contemporanea, devided and organized by Luciano Caramel and Fiorenzo Barindelli, ed. Giorgio Mondadori, 2009.

Tokyo Ga, solo exhibition catalogue devised and organised by Oreste Genzini, Philippe Daverio and Jean Blanchaert, ed. Multimedia, 2009.

Arte in Luce 2009, esposizione notturna d’arte contemporanea  24 ottobre – 8 novembre – exhibition and catalogue devised and organised by dell’Associazione Studio Arte20, 2009.

ALIMENTI, ALImenti, elementi d’arte, exhibition and catalogue devised and organised by Marta Manini, Cesare Nardi e Daniele Sanguinetti, Sakros arte contemporanea, ottobre 2009.

Con gli occhi dell’altro. Nuovi immaginari della Liguria nelle opere di artisti danesi e italiani, exhibition and catalogue devised and oganised by Gabriella Anedi and Paola Polito, 2010.

Arte contemporanea per Una Onlus, auction and catalogue organised and devised by Sergio Borrini, Una Onlus and fondazione IRCCS, 2011.

Lo Stato dell’Arte, catalogo della 54.  Biennale di Venezia, devised and organised by Vittorio Sgarbi.

Portus, catalogue devised and organised by Ceare Nardi, Daniele Sanguinetti, SAkros Arte Contemporanea, Walter Geerts, Academia Belgica, settembre 2012.

Artisti in Cittadella, 5° edition, catalogue devised and organised by Clara Mazzini and Graziano Dagna, GD Baudone print, june 2013.

La Calandriniana, 33° edition, devised and organised by Clara Mazzini and Graziano Dagna, GD Baudone, july 2013.

Appendere….ad Arte, devised bt Associazione per la Promozione delle Arti in Italia, Valentina Ierrobino, Laura Lucibello, Davide Ghaleb Editore, october 2013.

Asta Adisco-Sotheby’s,  Arte contemporanea Design e Leisure, auction catalogue devised and organised by Lorenzo Filiberto Ferraris and Francesco Zanuso gallery, Effeci ed., Milano, march 2014.

Rassegna Internazionale D’Arte, Premio Ligures, Città di Sarzana, 3° edizione, catalogued devised by Verum Centro d’Arte e Cultura –  Civitanova Marche, 2016.

Lo Stato dell’Arte, Marina Morris for Forte International . International Review . Summer 2016, PSE edition, Milano, It, 2016.

Artist Review

The biography of Marie-Laure van Hissenhoven, a Belgian, who can also be called a full-fledged European by now (by militancy and culture), is already rich in spatial and intellectual references that cannot all be mentioned here: Brussels (Obtained her A levels) Genoa, London (Saint Martin’s school), Milan (Worked for “Esprit” clothing firm and pursued courses in textile design at the Marangoni Institute), Carrara (Academy of Fine Arts). There are also names of some artists for reference : the Genoese painter Rocco Borella (abstractionist, brother-in-law of Itten and Max Bill, well known for his “Historical stories” as well as for his relationhips with artists who like him at the time, were invited to the “Bardiana” Biennial in São Paulo, Brazil, to the Venice Biennial, to the International centre for constructive arts studies between Berlin and Paris), the pictorial-teachers Umberto Buscione, Omar Galliani and Prof. Valerio Rivosecchi (this is how we discussed the thesis on Belgian artist Panamarenko at the Accademia Apuana). She has been working intensively in the field of visual arts for a long time, but her voluptuousness as a “traveler”, disenchanted and enthusiastic at the same time, she is already conspicuous and culturally supported.
She does not share the same point of view with the supporters of the “tabula rasa” in art (and it is correct to behave that way) but she also realizes that contemporary reality is not the crowded, noisy and polluted metropolis, but it is composed of spaces that “only” contain (silos, for example) or that only fleetingly host means of transport (small stations) or that temporarily collect objects and products (warehouses). Marie-Laure paintings are about reality, where man is absent or virtual even though he is master of the artifacts and where disenchantment, isolation and remoteness reign supreme.
The absence of the figure does not, however, mean that the artist lacks interest in the “human dimension”: on the contrary, it is as if she wanted to safeguard against the rhythms and noises that go beyond them and are imposed on the most peaceful daily normality.
In this way, walls and spaces host colors and lights (the port of Antwerp, for example, but above all the warehouses of the naval supplies of the port of Genoa) as well as harmonious geometries. Particularly significant, for the original “en avant” perspective and for the central luminous fulcrum, the work “Port of Genoa, the border”, oil on canvas from 2001: it is an abstract composition – concrete in the most determined and “historical” sense of the term; the concreteness is in the columns that allow light to penetrate; abstraction is the core beyond which we can only imagine, assume.
Chromatically important and constructively accurate are the diptychs A/2 and B/2 “General warehouses for the Port of Genoa”, where everything is based on a view from below and a coordinated and concerted positioning of lines and colors. But it is not lacking in Marie-Laure the lyrical-romantic shot: The tree in front of “the station of Lunae” that through its bare branches, winter, embroiders the blues beyond the rails and a piece of heaven for spiritual rest.
I will also like to point out, both for their compositional concept and above all for the graphic choices – coloristic,”Silos/A, Silos/C, Silos/E and Silos/F”: brightness soothing pictorial, bearers of quietness and mental joy. Finally, I will venture to give an interpretation on the works “Station on the sea”: there are seven oils on the canvas or on the table, which indicate to pose our gaze and our inventive view in a country as marvelously hypothetical as “Gaia”. Thank you Marie-Laure and a good trip to the most reserved and unknown mental and emotional prairies, producing relaxing pleasures, as well as in the most shiny and silent ports.
Ferruccio Battolini – Giugno 2003

 

TOKYO?

Today there is much talk of RMN, the famous and inflated magnetic resonance. Who’s never entered that claustrophobic tunnel of X-rays, cast the first stone. However, this is not the assessment that will help you to understand Marie-Laure van Hissenhoven. For her, it will take aerial photography, one that allows us to see the layers, superimposed on a civilization. Thus we will notice that the most ancient foundations of the Marie-Laure person are Flemish, of French expression blended with the infinite sweetness of the flat country of painting: Belgium. Marie-Laure does not know she has this silent patriotism, but she is aware of her humor in Flanders and has always been accustomed to listening to jokes about her nation without blinking. Jacques Brel, already ill, had a sailboat built by an axe master whose family resembled very much those described by him in the beautiful and fierce song “Les Flamands”. The Flemish boat architect worked quickly and efficiently and never talked to him about his song and songs. With ax shots and silence, he became his last great friend. The other layer that emerges from aerial photography of the artist’s personality is Ligurian, warrior, equally, but otherwise humorous. Let us also remember in addition to that, those parts of the painting were done 35,000 years ago. At Balzi Rossi for example.

Mexico City is the opposite of Tokyo, as far as the eye can see small low houses, one attached to the other. They have no end, there is no horizon after these poor neighborhoods. Even the skyscrapers of the Japanese capital are also endless. Not poor though. Marie-Laure portrays them by graciously teasing them. Her city seems to be built from the imagination of guys who put it together with wooden blocks they painted. If Amélie Nothomb has made us laugh with her torrential descriptions of Japan in person, Marie-Laure makes us smile with her descriptions in Japan’s “hoist” of houses and things. We like to think that only two young and fascinating Belgians could describe the country of the Rising Sun so slightly and profoundly.
“La Belgique n’est pas morte, vive la Belgique!”

Jean Blanchaert

Ostia Beach

À première vue on dirait Hopper descendu à Ostende, ce qui n’est déjà pas si mal. Ensuite, en regardant plus en détail, les petites antennes coiffant ce ‘couple étrange’ pointent vers un au-delà de Hopper dans le temps: un weekend nostalgique à la mer pour ce couple d’hommes prothétiques, servis par un robot, travesti en garçon, comme au bon vieux temps.
Walter Geerts, Anvers 2018

A prima vista si direbbe Hopper sceso ad Ostensa, e questo è, di per se, non così male. Poi, guardando meglio nei dettagli  , le piccole antenne, acconciatura  di questa strana coppia, puntano verso un’aldila’ di Hopper, nel tempo: un nostalgico weekend al mare per questa coppia di uomini protetici , serviti da un robot , travestito da cameriere come ai buoni e vecchi tempi.
Walter Geerts, Anvers 2018

Walter Geerts