The Old St. Jan’s Museum of Bruges is showing one cloud/sun photograph by me November 26 -December 1, 2018. This is close to home, in Belgium, and I’m a dual national. I’ve actually been to this museum. Bruges is one of the loveliest cities in Europe, a little Venice, with all the canals. The event is the Flanders International Biennal of Contemporary Art. And I will be among 60 artists at this particular exhibit.
Right in the middle of the city, all that is best about Bruges and about life in general comes together in a unique cultural site: art and culture, culinary delight, elegant meeting and function rooms, stylish interiors and spacious outdoor terraces with a magical view of the city’s picturesque canals. Whoever enters the Old St. John Site will be amazed by the almost tangible presence of the rich history of Bruges. This is the spot where one of the earliest infirmaries in medieval Europe once stood. During the 19th century, it was home to the St. John’s Hospital, with its large communal wards. Following the closure of the hospital in 1976, these spacious wards were restored and since 1989 have formed part of the Old St. John Congress and Event Centre. The different halls are ideally suited for the organization of congresses, trade fairs, events and social functions of all kinds.
Imposing halls housing fascinating exhibitions, often with a surprising approach. Our constant is the Picasso exhibition: a permanent display that brings together 300 works of this famous 20th century Spanish artist, who has influenced every aspect of the art world ever since. The emphasis is on graphic art, with one of the most extensive collections in Europe, which is regularly supplemented with unique pieces from private collections. Running concurrently, there is also an exhibition of the work of Andy Warhol. In addition, Xpo Center Bruges regularly hosts temporary expositions that cover a variety of themes, such as art, science and recreation. In 2015, the Centre was the location for Body Worlds (Körperwelten), in 2016 it was Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Last year, in 2017, we had the exhibition of ‘Da Vinci, the inventions of a genius’. From 31 march 2018, we will be the venue for the exhibition ‘Mummies, The Secrets of Ancient Egypt’.