European Capital of Culture

Mons (5): disco on the Grand Place

Mons, Belgium. Weekend of inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture 2015 (24 January 2015). Pictured here, following the main opening ceremony performance of Envolée chromatique, the Grand Place (main square) turns into a huge euphoric dance party. © Rudolf Abraham Photos copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. Images may not be copied, …

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Mons (4): Hot tubs

Mons, Belgium. Visitors brave January temperatures (it was snowing in the morning) to enjoy an outdoor Finnish hot tub (and a few cans of Jupiler). Shot last weekend during the inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture 2015 (24 January 2015). © Rudolf Abraham Photo copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. Images may …

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Mons (3): Painting with Van Gogh

Mons, Belgium. Preview of the Van Gogh exhibition ‘Van Gogh in the Borinage – Birth of an Artist’ at BAM (Beaux-Arts Mons). Pictured here, Van Gogh’s bedroom – an interactive installation based on his painting ‘Bedroom in Arles’ (of which there are three versions, one of them in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam), with …

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Mons (2): Once upon a time

Mons, Belgium. ‘Il était une fois’ (‘Once upon a time’), a mesmerizing light installation by Cédric Verdure in the Belfry Gardens, with wire figures gradually changing colour and fading ghostlike in and out of the darkness, below the town’s UNESCO-listed Baroque belfry. Shot last weekend during the inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture …

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Mons (1): Song lines

Mons, Belgium. ‘Song Lines’, a beautifully moving sound installation in Rue de la Poterie, with the words of the song Tombe la niege (a 1960s hit by French-Italian singer Salvatore Adamo) chanted in a faint a capella, and portraits of the singers projected onto sheets and other pieces of cloth suspended above the street. Shot …

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