What’s On in Belgium

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We take a tour of What’s On in Belgium.

Ekphrasis: The Boghossian Foundation presents the exhibition Ekphrasis, curated by Bruno Corà, director of the Burri Foundation in Italy. It brings together pieces from more than forty artists from around the world, whose languages are as varied as the media they use, but in whose works the use of words plays a key role. The definition of the Greek word ekphrasis is a constructed description of a work of art, real or imaginary, often designed on a model so as to achieve great evocative force.

There is a great tradition of artists who have concerned themselves with both the visual arts and literature, poetry or politics, and for whom text is a constituent element of their work. The exhibition explores, through the contemporary artists gathered here, the issues raised and various preferred modes of the use of writing in visual art. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition use language as “charged” writing, where the meaning lies in the format, others address personal messages to the viewer. Until 9 February 2020. Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain. www.boghossianfoundation.be

Exhibition: The Grand-Place to be: The Grand-Place to be celebrates the 20th anniversary of the inclusion of the Grand- Place of Brussels on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Standing five metres tall, the original statue of Saint Michael, specially moved for the occasion, guides the visitor through some rare and previously unseen pieces. Paintings, objects, engravings and photographs illustrate the eventful history of the square, its various functions and uses and its transformations from the 12th century to today. The restoration is presented to the public for the first time. Until 29 December 2019 at the Museum of the City of Brussels (Maison du Roi). www.brussels.be

The Handy Events Guide: To do everything it can to accommodate persons with reduced mobility during events, visit.brussels has produced a practical guide for the organisation of outdoor events accessible to this section of the population, the Handy Events Guide – The Keys to Accessible Events. This guide was created in collaboration with AMT Concept (handy.brussels) and Access-i. The guide is available free of charge online and in three languages and is a practical check-list that can be used to organise any event in a public space. It is aimed primarily at the key stakeholders in the events field, such as advertisers, organisers and events agencies as well as site managers and owners. The guide is available in PDF format at visit.brussels/en. Other initiatives are also helping persons with reduced mobility to have an enjoyable stay.