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Heaven and Hell. From magic carpets to drones @Villa Empain - Brussels.


Pravdoliub Ivanov, Fairy Tale device crashed, 2013. 

The Villa Empain is one of those institutions which little by little became over the years a hotspot in the Brussels cityscape. Created in 2006, the Boghossian Foundation presents itselfs as a  center of art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West. 

From the beginning the Foundation presents sharp, creative and forward thinking exhibitions. Driven by a curatorial approach and discourse always at the limit of the East and the West.

After the very successful "Music Palace", I was intrigued to discover its new thematic: "Heaven and Hell. From magic carpets to drones. "
The title, part of the daily news, immediately catches the spectator. While the media keep talking about drones, the Boghossian Foundation invites us to take another look at those little intrusive devices through art. But the exhibition doesn't stop there. Through works of thirty artists the retrospective addresses themes including the symbolism of old carpets and the symbolism of the geometry of the gardens inspiring it, the age-old dream of flying and imaginary flying objects, the world seen from the sky, the occupation of space by satellites, and the worldwide development of drones and its consequences.

Mekhitar Garabedian, Il n'y a pas de victoire….2014. 

The magic carpet has long been a symbolic way of travelling around the world.

The magic carpet referred to in tales was popularized by One Thousand and One Nights, and has also been depicted in many fantasy films. Some scientists have focused on this legendary object, seeing therein an aerial replica of the way the manta ray moves in water. Physicists have even become involved in research to make a carpet fly. But the magic flying carpet also conjures up that ancestral dream, of flying like a bird. After Icarus, the first man to soar up into the ether, Leonardo da Vinci became caught up in designing highly ingenious flying objects. Since then, flying saucers have haunted the modern imagination, well beyond all the technical performances which have really enabled people to travel through the air, and launch a very diverse selection of flying machines.

Bilal Bahir, Serie Souls "Hanging Gardens". 

You will find a selection of various styles of artworks including installation, photographs, videos, sculptures, etc. Impressive to see how the thematic of flying and especially the drones are a matter of interrogation for many artists. The exhibition pushes the spectator and invites him to question the future of our societies confronted everyday to a loss of privacy. 

Iocose, Drones Selfies, 2014. 

If you have kids (age +8) the Boghossian Foundation organizes as well an introduction to Kite given by Anne De Roy et Yves Ghislain from the organization Pass to Heaven. 

Love to be a kid again! 


Heaven and Hell. From magic carpets to drones

The exhibition is open every day except on Mondays from 10 am to 6.30 pm.

Centre for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
B – 1050 Brussels

The construction of Kites - workshop will take place April 13th-15th, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and August 24th-26th, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made at 

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