Between dreams and reality

Between dreams and reality

Brussels is a meeting place for people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. On trips when it is not just fly-in fly-out the same day it is worth to ask around what to do in free time. A couple of months ago while in Brussels, a colleague of mine proposed to go to an art museum devoted to the Belgian surrealist René Magritte.

As surrealism is balancing between the unconscious and real, I cannot say I understood that what I so. But this winter I had an opportunity to listen to a series of lectures in psychology, and went through some obligatory stuff including texts by Sigmund Freud. A vital part of his work was devoted to understanding of that what is behind of our night dreams. And why we associate with each other pictures that in real terms have nothing in common. With some exercise in games of that what is between dreams and reality, things got somehow more clear.

Below, photos I made that afternoon walking around the exhibition floors.

 

(Brussels, November 2016)


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Couture Sculpture

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A dress by Azzedine Alaïa at an haute couture exposition named Couture Sculpture at Villa Borghese (>>>) in Rome, 2015.


Azzedine Aiala is a Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer. He is known for his discrete attitude to fashion. The Couture Sculpture exhibition in Galleria Borghese was however not the first event of this kind where he presented his work. Previous exhibitions took place among others in Paris, New York, Seoul, Beijing, Los Angeles, Florence, Dusseldorf and Groningen.

Villa Borghese Pinciana. A breathtaking art gallery and a masterpiece in itself

In Rome there is a park called Villa Borghese. The name derives from the Villa Borghese Pinciana, a palace located in the park. (Or other way round, the the park was originally set up around the villa).

The palace does not look very impressive from outside. But inside it contains a breathtaking art gallery called Galleria Borghese. It is not only the masterpieces of art like sculptures, paintings and even the furniture that make this Villa. The villa is a masterpiece in itself. When you enter you do not know at what to look at – the floors, the ceilings, the walls or sculptures, paintings or furniture. Basically you have this problem at many spots in Rome, but this place is summing it all up.

Another important thing about this place is that you have to reserve the ticket (a week or two before you plan to visit it) and you are allowed to enter only for the time span of two hours. The number of visitors at one time is limited. If you are inside, practically you can move around freely. You can focus at that what you want. In Rome it is not that usual. So among places where you have to queue to enter and then move among crowds those two hours are a time to relax and just contemplate the art.

But enough talk. Below a selection of photos I made at this place. At many photos you will see beautiful skirts. As we visited this place, it hosted an exhibition of haute couture skirts designed by Azzedine Alaia (>>>). Enjoy!



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