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Angèle – Bruxelles je t’aime

I learned about Angèle last summer. The person who told me about her said she was Dutch.

No, she’s Flemish.

I really understand this song: especially as I am now working on my being certified as a “Francophone”. This is despite having the French language foisted upon me.

I don’t have the same issue proving I am a German speaker.

Enjoy! Profitez! Geniet! Genießen!

Note that I posted that last bit in English!

BTW, the announcement in Flemish at the start of the clip relates to when the CD will be released. You can preorder it online. I did!

Brussels Eurodisney Promo Photo

In the “weird stuff I saw when I was living in Belgium” Department, here is a picture of EuroDisney’s promo castle which was set up in the Cinquantinaire (near Merode Station where I was living). The juxtaposition of real history and Disney was interesting to me.

Still more about Jean Tinguely’s Le rêve de Sofia Loren

Things are really bad when the only articles you can find about something are the ones you’ve written yourself. Even worse when the things you find aren’t relevant at all (e.g., I think she is being serenaded with “impossible dream” in the film version of “Man of La Mancha”).

On the other hand, Tinguely did another work called “Sophia Loren’s Nightmare” in 1985 which is housed in the Fukuoka Art Museum in Japan (seriously, I’ not making this up). thingelyThis one was made the same year  “Le rêve de Sofia Loren” according to this work’s other mention on the web. Unfortunately, these are two different works. The Fukuoka Art Museum does describe “the Nightmare of Sophia Loren”:

The material culture of the 20th century left behind massive amounts of discarded trash. “Junk Art” is a form of art that makes use of such waste to create works of art. Born in Switzerland and active in France, Tinguely is a representative artist of this genre. His creations, with their strange motor-generated movements, are sometimes also classified as “Kinetic Art.” This work, made up of old motor parts and a doll’s head and whose title carries the name of a famous actress, performs with much noise a nonsensical set of repeated mechanical motions. The work is grotesque but at the same time seems to cheerfully brush away the anxieties of contemporary life and reveals Tinguely’s style in the 1980s at its best.

I hope you get the idea.

Not that a picture does justice to these works of art. A video would be much more useful. I am still trying to find a video or picture of “Le rêve de Sofia Loren”, or to see the thing again.

Now, to find a video of the sculpture of a Monk that was at the entrance to the Royal Museum of Modern Art in Brussels