Sunday, 5 September 2010

Brussels, part 2 (reposted)

I erased this post by mistake and I made it again.

Parc du Cinquantenaire



Autoworld museum

Next day we began walking through the  Parc du Cinquantenaire with the huge  impressive triumphal arch which remind on Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. As part of this large complex there are two large exhibition spaces. We were interested in Auto-world with a collection of old automobile. A large space filled with old-timers from the beginnings up to recent times. Two, three hours of walking through the, not so distant past, let your imagination run and let it take you to another time. Passing by the exhibits listen very carefully because each and every one of those cats has its own story which you will definately hear!

Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

After the exibition we went to the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate. Immediately after entering the museum-workshop followed a tasting of chocolate, and then kind a gentleman demonstrated us the art of making Chocolate Praline for which Belgium is famous around the globe. During our big walk around the entire building we learned in short about origins of chocolate. Delicious experience!

Museum Musical Instruments

After a chocolate treat followed the Museum des Instruments de Musique. Located near the Grand place easily accessible on foot.
When we entered we didn't really know what awaits us. I must admit that it was a first time I was in such a museum (exhibits include only instruments). At the entrance we got the headphones as a guide through the museum.
On the floor in front there is one point you have to step on and it turns on the headset and you can hear sounds of the instruments. Next three floors also offered sounds of instruments coming from all parts of our beloved planet.

The Comic Strip Museum

The visit to this museum is a must for two reasons. First of all, the museum is situated in the beautiful Art Nouveau  and secondly, one can see here the history of a very typical art form in Belgium: the comic strip.
This building is  considered to be one of the mastepieces of the most famous Belgian Art Nouveau  architect, Victor Horta. Horta built the house in 1906 for the Waucquez family who used it for a wholesale cloth business. One of the most typical new art forms for Belgium are comic strips. After World War II, most of the Belgians have grown up with Belgian comic strips. Herge stands out as the most important writer. He is the father of the best known Belgian comic strip: Tintin.
One can also learn everything about the birth and the development of a comic strip album. The museum also has a nice shop with albums and gadgets of the different Belgian comic strip heroes.

1 comment:

  1. I went to a contemporary art fair in Shanghai recently, which was a real eye-opener. Chinese contemporary art has come leaps and bounds from the watery Zen landscapes to huge canvases of strange-looking beings. The prices being asked and paid were huge too.
    Oriental, if not Chinese, my print of Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting, http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8BWS6R, bought some time ago from wahooart.com, is as lovely as ever.

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