Double Bill offers you an entry ticket for two exhibitions, a journey into the shadows and lights of the cinema. On the one hand, “The Art of Laurent Durieux” for the stars and Hollywood. On the other, “The ABC of Porn“, the 40 exceptional archives of a Brussels pornographic cinema: the ABC.
THE ABC OF PORN CINEMA
In 2013, the ABC, Brussels’ last old-school adult cinema still showing 35mm films, was shut down. Its archive, meticulously built over the forty years of its existence, was salvaged by Cinema Nova, allowing the veil of a bygone era devoured by the digital revolution to be lifted.
The exhibition “The ABC of Porn Cinema” spans four decades of activity by the theatre, and in doing so recalls the world that surrounded it. Through numerous documents, posters, hand-painted billboards, engraved press plates and censored photos retrieved from the ABC, plus an accompanying art installation, an obscure part of our culture destined to be buried in the annals of history can once again be rediscovered and reappraised. Indeed, these historical archives are exceptional and unique, unafraid to indulge in humour or to drum up reflection and controversy.
An exhibition created by the Nova cinema and the MIMA with the participation of the Gogolplex collective. You must be over 18 year old to see the exhibition. Guided tours by Cinéma Nova’s team and the curators of “The ABC of Porn Cinema” are organized in French during MIMA’s nocturnes on Nov 4th and December 2nd.
DRAMA, THE ART OF LAURENT DURIEUX
Laurent Durieux is a famous Belgian artist. Coppola and Spielberg love his work of creating alternative posters of classic movies. Francis Ford Coppola says about Durieux: “His magnificent work elevates poster art to a high level. The stunningly executed images express the ideas and themes of the films he has chosen in new terms. They communicate a lot without words and are part of the wonderful tradition of illustrative art.“ The exhibition presents around a hundred original posters of the Belgian artist, internationally acclaimed by moviegoers.
Durieux has been commissioned his version of Silence of the Lambs poster. “Out of the box” is a fascinating making of of his creative process. A documentary made by Laurent Frapat. The documentary will be screened at MIMA on October 27th. Laurent Durieux will be present during this event and will be signing books.
MUSEUM NIGHT FEVER 2021
Museum Night Fever by Brussels Museums will be another occasion to visit MIMA’s exhibition at night with musician Sarah Carlier heating up your evening with her intoxicating grooves.
Sarah Carlier has been involved in music and writing since her early childhood, her Belgian-Congolese father being a professional guitarist (in the Kalema project) and her mother a poet and writer. On her 16th birthday, her father gave her an acoustic guitar, a familiar instrument whose cords she had seen him play. The infectious effect was immediate and Sarah, who was rather secretive, found in musical creation a way of expressing herself and opening up to others. Sarah Carlier is currently working on different projects and collaborations with, among others, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
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