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Art gallery in the heart of Brussels with a cultural club and course-conferences linked to each exhibition

Portraits International is a new triple art gallery bookstore in the centre of Brussels dedicated to the world of portraiture to connect and inspire through art.  A unique selection of biographies, lectures, master classes and corporate team building is linked to the exhibitions: the art, the artist and the lives and works of the subjects portrayed

 

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Extended : Faces of Cuba by Patrick Blanche
5 January to 24 March 2024

A Cuba, le Puro (cigare), fait partie intégrante de l’identité nationale et constitue un véritable art de vivre.
Des vieux édentés mâchent un double corona, des ouvriers arborent des robustos fraîchement roulés et des femmes plantureuses allument des panetelas.
Ces portraits illustrent une vraie curiosité ethnologique de Santiago de Cuba. La force d’expression de ces visages métissés souvent creusés par l’âge, le soleil et la fumée semble chaque fois raconter quelque chose. Les regards sont joyeux, moqueurs, absents ou graves, les poses affectées ou détachées… Entre deux bouffées, ces modèles improvisés se sont dévoilés, ont livré leur histoire, quelques bribes de leur vie.
Dans cet exposition, les photographies exceptionnelles réalisées par PATRICK BLANCHE nous font découvrir une nouvelle facette de Cuba, nous transportent vers un ailleurs, pas seulement géographique.
In Cuba, the Puro (cigar) is an integral part of the national identity and a veritable art of living. 
Toothless old men chew a double corona, workers sport freshly rolled robustos and buxom women light panetelas.
These portraits illustrate a real ethnological curiosity about Santiago de Cuba. The expressive power of these mixed-race faces, often hollowed out by age, sun and smoke, seems to tell a story every time. The looks are joyful, mocking, absent or serious, the poses affected or detached… Between two puffs, these impromptu models revealed themselves, their stories, a few snippets of their lives.
In this exhibition, PATRICK BLANCHE’s exceptional photographs show us a new facet of Cuba, transporting us to another world, not just a geographical one.

CALL TO ARTISTS, WRITERS & FILM MAKERS

Ukrainian Portraits, past and present 29 March > 29 July

A group exhibition of Ukrainian artists featuring works by Olexandr Bohomazov, cubo-futurist born 1880 near Kharliv and 9 contemporary artists, including the hyper realistic watercolourist, Ievgen Petrov born 1972 in Kherson. Portraits of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by Toon Teeken, Carlos Becerraand others will be displayed in our gallery and auctioned online worldwide during six weeks. We will donate 100% of the profit from the auction and 15% of the sales of all artworks sold during the exhibition to support UNHCR humanitarian relief and the Takshtab charity which directly supports internally displaced mothers and children under 3 in collaboration with the Tsekh Gallery in Kiev and the James Butterwick Gallery, London. James Butterwick has been collecting European and Ukrainian fine art since 1985. Fine art prints from his TEFAF 2022 collection of works by Oleksandr Bohomazov will also be for sale.

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Thursday - Saturday: 11 AM - 8 PM
Sunday : 2 PM - 6 PM
' Salon du dimanche' from 4 PM
academy
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Galerie des princes 2
Rue des Dominicains 16-18
gallery & bookshop
Thursday - Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday : 2 PM - 6 PM
' Salon du dimanche' from 4 PM
academy
Monday - Wednesday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Galerie des princes 2
Rue des Dominicains 16-18

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