Just a few days after the cartoon museum conference the Belgian cartoon scene was more active than ever.
Cartoons and Cartoonbooks in Wevelgem
The library of Wevelgem highlighted caricature and cartoons last Wednesday. Jan Oplinus from the ECC’s Cartoonbooksclub did present his own collection of cartoonbooks to the public.
His passion started when he bought his first cartoon book from ‘Davidsfonds’ in 1980. Now he has a very funny and divers cartoonbooks collection. His collection represents different types of cartoon art from over the whole world.
Jan did present his collection with the support of a great and funny powerpoint presentation. Congrats Jan, it was wonderful
In the same library you can find the works of the Belgian top cartoonist (he prefers the word illustrator) KARL just have a look at his website to see what a wonderful work he makes: http://www.karlmeersman.be/werk/cartoons.asp?T=NL&PageID=4
Both exhibitions you can see in the library of Wevelgem till the 13th of October.
Sondron in Wavre
The Belgian cartoonist Sondron has at the moment an exhibition in the ‘Chateau de l’ermitage’ in the city of Wavre. We were at the vernissage last Friday, where his secund cartoon book ‘Crise’ was also presented. We could see cartoons about Belgian and world problems. Sondron did draw live caricatures and did sign his books.
Sondron: ‘to be a good cartoonist requires some necessary qualities. It takes good eyes, or at least good glasses to uncover the traits, grin, hidden faces … You also need good legs to take a a step back, to take distance. They can also be used to run as fast as possible away from the minefield of politically correctness. It takes big ears to hear and decode jargon speech.’
You can still visit the exhibition till the 30th of September.
Emiel De Bolle in Gooik
Emiel De Bolle had a rather small, but very cosy exhibition in Gooik. During the first ‘Kunstroute’ that was organised this weekend, Emiel did exhibit cartoons about the environment. A theme that always was important during Emiels professional carreer. Emiel: ‘as an artist I can not ‘engage’ me in a political party, because our world is not served by a colourful party card. Many people forget that they are partly responsible for the ‘literally poisoned legacy’ to our children. I hope that this art route, can help to push us in the right direction.’
It was great to see the work of Emiel exhibited in the ‘Atelier’ where he gives drawing classes every week. To see an artist in his habitat is great.
cARToons in Mol
And then we had yesterday the opening ceremony of the exhibition cARToons with cartoons from the members of the Belgian and Dutch cartoon organisations KEVER and De Tulp.
The art gallery ‘t Kristallijn exhibits about 50 works, in huge format, till the end of the month. Soon you can read a full report on the event on this blog.