Bozar: Fernand Léger, Beauty is Everywhere

I pass the Bozar every morning on my way to work, and couldn’t help but notice the colorful posters for the Fernand Léger, Beauty is Everywhere exhibition. I really love modern art and have seen many of his works in other museum, but never in a retrospective setting.

Bozar (Palais des Beaux-Arts) gives 5 Reasons to Be Excited:

  1. Major Retrospective: The term ‘once in a lifetime’ is banded about way too often, but this is the first retrospective of the French artist in Belgium since 1956. We’ll let you do the maths.
  2. Man of the People: No ivory tower for this painter. Léger was a politically engaged artist, with his feet firmly planted on the factory floor (or in the circus). His art was, as befits a member of the Communist Party, truly aimed at everyone.
  3. Man of His Time: Léger was thrilled by the technological and industrial whirlwind of his era. And he was crazy about Charlie Chaplin and cinema. He painted movie posters, designed sets, and even co-directed a movie.
  4. Influential Teacher: As a teacher Léger helped shape a whole generation of artists. His grateful students include artists like sculptor Louise Bourgeois and photographer William Klein. And even an aspiring painter called Serge Gainsbourg.
  5. Beauty is Everywhere: Léger found beauty in the everyday. Even in “the rows of pots hanging against the white wall of your kitchen.” So be prepared to look at your kitchen utensils in a completely new way.

 

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Beauty is Everywhere

 

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Self-portrait, 1904-1905

 

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The Mechanic, 1918

 

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Mechanical element, 1924

 

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The Typographer, 1919

 

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Composition on Green Background, 1929

 

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Still Life, ABC, 1927

 

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Charlot cubiste, 1924

 

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Tribute to Dance, 1925

 

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Looking at the Cyclists

 

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The Cyclists, 1948

 

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Costume Sketches for La Création du monde

 

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The Medrano Circus, 1918

 

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The Large Black Divers, 1944

 

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Compositions with Two Parrots, 1935-1939

 

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The Forest, 1942

 

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Man with Pipe

 

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Women in an Interior

 

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Two Women Standing, 1922

 

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Acrobats in Grey, 1942-1944

 

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A Day in the Country, 1953

 

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Leisure Activities – Tribute to Louis David, 1948-1949

 

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Brewdog for dinner

 

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The Menu

 

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Buffalo Wings

 

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Koen’s burger – Chipolte Chorizo: buttermilk brioche bun, 6oz beef brisket patty, chorizo, padron peppers & chipolte mayo

 

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My burger – Cluck Norris: buttermilk brioche bun, southern fried chicken, avocado, red onion, cajun mayo & coriander. We accidentally ordered two orders of fries each!

 

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