|Haymaking by Kazimir Malevich, 1928-29|
|Woman with hat by Henri Matisse, 1905|
|Augustusrucke, Dresden by Oskar Kokoschka, 1923|
|Civilian Defense by Dan Petermank, 2007|
|Listening Figure by Juan Munoz|
About an hour south of Eindhoven, and just east of MAASTRICHT, is the Ronald McDonald House in the town of VALKENBURG AAN DE GEUL. This is significant because it was designed by Hundertwasser and completed in 2007, seven years after his passing. Another masterpiece.
|Relatie by Sjra Schoffelen, 1987|
Other side trips included one to TILBURG, where we found the Museum de Pont, a former factory space with lots of small rooms with doors, lots of big open space, lots of twists and turns. And contemporary art.
|Sky Mirror (for Hendrik) by Anish Kapoor, 2017|
Examples by Ai Weiwei and Howard Hodgkin, gave the collection some international appeal.
|Grapes 2010 by Ai Weiwei, 2010.|
|Yellow Sky by Howard Hodgkin, 2009-2010|
|Learning about Russian Music by Howard Hodgkin, 1999|
Vincent van Gogh lived in Tilburg from 1863-66, where he went to school and was allegedly taught to paint. The house is marked and there is a special couch outside.
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And then there was Eindhoven. A vibrant city with Art all around. Well, Art and other things:
|Flying Pins by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, 2000|
|Expansive by Toon Slegers, 2013|
|Semences by Jean-Yves Bonnaudet & Bruno Magda|
|Arbre votif renverse by Theo Ronse|
|New World by Choi Hyesu|
Side trips included one to the hippodrome outside MONS, where we saw a lot of jumping.
there was some sort of Art show going on involving a group of artists called "Less'Art." We visited a few venues and Marie made some purchases.
|by Patrick Delvingt|
|by Magali Rousseau|
|Donkeymotion Projects by Valentin Kanellopoulos|
And then there was this fabulous band playing in the doorway of Centre Culturel René Magritte.
And a little bit more of Lessines:
We were in GHENT on a day filled with festivals, most of which we could not find. But it was Saturday, so there were Bachelorettes and the Belgian team was playing for third place in the World Cup. Here are a few shots:
We visited the Fondation Folon in LA HULPE. Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon installed over five hundred art works in the Ferme du Château de La Hulpe, just twenty minutes outside Brussels. Folon opened the renovated 1833 farmhouse as a museum in 2000, five years before he died.
|The Symbol by Folon, 1988|
|L'Espace by Folon, 1982|
|Femme-Oiseau by Folon, 1990|
|Marine by Folon, 1998|
|L'Homme Qui Plantait des Arbres by Folon, 1982|
And we dropped in at the Hergé Museum in OTTIGNEIES-LOOUYAIN-LA-NEUVE. Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé created the universally popular The Adventures of Tintin and the museum is a delight.
|Infinity by Peter van Dressche Atelier4|
|Brug (The Kissing Bridge) by Jaroslaw Kozakie|
|Selgascano Pavilion by Selgascano|
|Lanchals by John Powers|
|Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale) by StudioKCA|
|The Floating Island by OBBA|
|Acheron I by Renato Nicolodi|
|Bloom by Bloom Games, 2012.|
|Fountain of Life by Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian|
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We visited the city of TOURNAI the first few days we were there. Less than twenty kilometers south of the farm (half-hour by car, one hour by bicycle), we found this city of about 77,000 fascinating.
Known as Tornacum, in Roman times, it is also called DORNIC by Belgium's Flemish residents. The Scheldt runs right through its center. Their five-spired cathedral is its most prestigious building. Construction on Notre Dame of Tournai began in 1146, and they're still working on it. I might suggest that the best building is the Musée des Beaux-Arts which was designed by famous Art-Nouveau architect, Victor Horta.
Regardless, there are several other museums, and lots of fun buildings, as well as generous pedestrian areas leading to the riverfront and its gothic gate. And look as hard as we may, a piece of litter was not to be found on any street. Let us begin with the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Since it was 1928 when the museum opened, Horta had shifted his focus from Art-Nouveau and the design represents a transition to Art Deco. The only museum he ever designed, Horta died just a few months later. Here are a few shots from our visit:
|Argenteuil by Edouard Manet, 1874|
|Jeune femme accoudee (Marie Valette, amie du peintre) by Louis Anquetin, 1890|
|Oliviers a Montmajour by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888|
|La greve du bas butin a Honfleur (Marine) by George Seurat, 1886|
|Portrait feminin by Armand Rassenfosse|
|La dame en gris by Jean Winance|
|Perimele (Ondine on la nymphe de Capri) by Leonce Legendre, 1864|
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Outside we found a statue honoring local painter Paul Gallait and later found one dedicated to Tournai-resident Rogier Van Der Weyden.
|Vieux Marché aux Poteries - monument à Roger de le Pasture dit "Van der Weyden" by Marcel Wolfers, 1936|
We were in Tournai for Belgium National Day (21 July) and celebrated with the locals.
Here are some more shots from around Tournai:
Next to it was the ruin of the huge public swimming pool where there was an installation.
On the other side of the village is Kunstkerk Bossuit, an arts venue born from an old church. Without the roof or windows. The design of the terrazzo floor recalls the church that was destroyed during the war. The space is used for a variety of events. Black & white photo enlargements by Tom Linsteron were hung on the exposed walls for us to see.
Back at the ferme, Anne-Mie (our hostess) threw a couple of plates in her studio so that Marie could paint on them the following day.
We went to the Belgian shore at MIDDELKERK, where we found a few pieces of sculpture: The is Beeldenparc Beaufort (Beaufort Sculpture Park) which, in 2018, celebrated its sixth edition with sculptures all around the region.
|I can hear it by Ivars Drulle|
|Caterpillar 5bis by Wim Delvoye, 2004|
|Olnetop by Nick Ervinck|
|Agent 212 by Mathias De Wolf|
And just down the coast in OOSTDUINKERKE watched men trawl for shrimp from the backs of enormous Belgian draft horses, as well as women doing the same but while walking through the surf on their own two feet. There are sculptures:
|Cloned Paardenvisser by William Sweetlove|
Similarly, when Saint Vaast's was rebuilt in the twenties, stylish mosaics were included.
We continued in France to DOUAI and found a free parking space across the street from the Musée des Beaux-Arts. A neat old place, admission was just over four euros for both of us.
|Portrait of a Woman by Paolo Caliari, dit Veronese, 1560-1565|
|The Young Man and the Old Woman by Hendrick Goltzius|
|Young girl with a Dove by Jean-Baptiste Greuze|
|C'est n'etait pas mon temps... by de Patricia Zurini|
|La Nymphe des Eaux by Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier|
|Selene by Norbert Treca, 1994.|
|Field Day 2 by Barry Flanagan, 1987|
We returned to France for our visit to LILLE, just forty minutes from Pottes. Destination: Palais des Beaux-Arts.
One of the first art museums built in France, under Napoleon, the Palais is one of the largest in the country.
|Berger Landais by Rosa Bonheur|
|Vanite by Alfred Agache, 1890|
|Les Vaches by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890|
|Le Silence by Odilon Redon, c 1895-1900|
|Dans l'atelier, la pose du modele by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec|
|Berthe Morisot a l'eventail by Edouard Manet, 1874.|
LaM is the Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut. It began as the collection of Roger Dutilleul which was then added to by his nephew and heir, leading to the current museum. Outside are a few nice sculptures including two by Calder and one we liked which was done by Picasso. Flanagan contributed a horse on a sidewalk and a pair of rabbits (inside museum).
|Guillotine pour huit by Alexander Calder, 1963|
|Femme aux bras ecartes by Pablo Picasso, 1962|
|Between Fiction and Fact by Richard Deacon, 1992|
Inside were a few true paintings of modern art with too many Picasso, lots of Leger, Braque, and Modig. Fun museum with strange layout that worked (addition designed by Ms. Manuelle Gautrand) included lots of Brut art, a couple of rooms of contemporary, and galleries of art from recycled material.
|La Roche-Guyon by Georges Braque, summer 1909|
|Le Mecanicien by Fernand Leger, 1918|
|Femme lippue by Kees van Dongen, 1909|
|La Danse I & 2 by André Derain, c 1906|
|Nu assis a la chemise by Amedeo Modigliani, 1917|
|The Boxers by Barry Flanagan, 1985|
|Totem women à tête zoomorphe by Theo Wiesen, 1972-77|
|Architecture inachevee by A.C.M.|
|Armée des Indes avec éléphant,c 1976|
|no title by Marie-Rose Lortet|
|Site aleatoire avec deux personnages (F77) by Jean Dubuffet, 1982|
|Porte d'Arras, 14th cent|
|In line for frites.|
|Ceramique Colliot by Hector Guimard|
|Porte de Grand|
|Gare de Lille-Flanders, formerly Gare du Nord of Paris.|
We enjoyed an adventure in MELDERT-AALST at the Belgium Paardenprijskamp (translates to Horse Prize Camp). This was a national competition for Belgian draft horses.
On the abutting field, the 49th International Pikkeling Festival began in the afternoon. There were displays of tractors and other farm equipment, demonstrating artists like lace tatter, basket maker, etc., but we found this charming recreation of harvesting grain in the old days.
|Modified Social Bench #02 by Jeppe Hein|
|Invisible Forces - all over town -- by Dane Mitchell|
Last shots from Pottes:
|Newly born Agnes (pronounced "aanyes") and mother Iris|
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Time to leave our nest in Pottes and head east to SOMME LEUZE, where we had a very nice apartment.