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Events in Art and Archaeology

Théodore Géricault: <EM>Portrait of Joseph, Study of a Model</EM>, 1818-19Oil on canvas, 46.7 x 38.1 cm© The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California.
Théodore Géricault: Portrait of Joseph, Study of a Model, 1818-19
Oil on canvas, 46.7 x 38.1 cm
© The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California.
Géricault: Fragments of Compassion
GHENT  •  Museum of Fine Arts  •  22 February - 25 May 2014

In 1819, Théodore Géricault presented his large historic painting, The Raft of the Medusa, which elicited public admiration but also repelled many precisely because of the tragic circumstances in which the ship sank. Moreover, the canvas denounced the government’s political bungling, which did not sit well at all with the existing powers. Géricault’s monumental composition represented a new direction in painting and sounds more contemporary than ever as it echoes recent events around Lampedusa.

Soon after, Géricault produced a series of portraits of mental patients, deciding to abandon the conventional ways of depicting madness and rather highlighting the personality and humanity of his subjects. The exhibition aims to show that far from being a painter of tragic and insane subjects, Géricault, above all, desired to represent the margins of everyday life with a profound empathy and compassion for the protagonists of his paintings.

Various international museums have also lent their paintings, drawings and prints by Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Francisco Goya, Johan Heinrich Füssli and Adolf Friedrich Menzel for this exhibition, allowing us to examine the artist’s work in a broader context.

Museum of Fine Arts Website

Contact: Museum of Fine Arts
Fernand Scribedreef 1
9000 Ghent
Tel: (32) 9 240 07 00

Events in Classical Music

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906 -&nbsp;1975)
Dimitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Jerusalem String Quartet
BRUSSELS  •  Royal Brussels Conservatory  •  23 - 26 April 2014
Shostakovich String Quartets

Jerusalem String Quartet

Composed over a period of more than three decades from his early thirties to his penultimate year, the quartets therfore document the Soviet composer's  creative life.  More uniform than the symphonies, by virtue of their consistent scoring, and more private, the quartets have been generally understood as autobiographical – and indeed, Shostakovich (b. 1906 - d. 1975) made this explicit in the case of his Eighth Quartet (1960), in which he made frequent use of his musical monogram D–S–C–H (i.e. D–E flat–C–B) and quoted from several of his own works.

Palais des Beaux-Arts Website

Detailed schedule information:


Royal Brussels Conservatory
Brussels, Belgium

Tel: (32) 2 507 82 00

Events in Dance

Tango Azul (Daniel and Lorena)© DR-GR
Tango Azul (Daniel and Lorena)
Tango Azul
BRUSSSELS  •  Palais des Beaux-Arts  •  26 April 2014
Tango Azul is an authentic tango show with a storyline, presented by no fewer than 13 artists. Three dancing couples and a female singer meet in a milonga, a Buenos Aires tango bar. The scenes we see on the stage are chapters from the life of each character, experiences they have been through. Their stories of unrequited love and of the pain of loss and loneliness are not only magnificently conveyed in dance, but also in expressively sung lyrics. The singer Patricia Nora, who plays the landlady of the milonga, is joined by the musicians of the Sexteto Paternal, led by the renowned bandoneonist Luciano Jungman.

Palais des Beaux-Arts Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Palais des Beaux-Arts
Rue Ravenstein
Tel: (32) 2 507 82 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

António Zambujo: Quinto
BRUSSELS  •  Salle Henry Le Boeuf  •  23 April 2014
Antonio Zambujo: vocals, guitar
Bernardo Couto, portuguese guitar
Ricardo Cruz, double-bass
José Conde, clarinet
Joao Moreira, trumpet

Salle Henry Le Boeuf Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Salle Henry Le Boeuf
Rue Ravenstein

Tel: (32) 2 507 82 00

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