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Monday, April 10, 2017

Not for faint-hearted

in response to Monday Murals

A series of controversial murals appeared in Brussels.
According to different sources, the mural(s) were painted by unknown artists, although I don't see how a painting of such a dimension and position could have been realized without anyone noticing it.
Björn Van Poucke from Belgium Street Artists says for Bruzz: "Street artists often use scaffolding or a crane, but that was not the case here,". "I guess he just tied a rope at the top of the building, then lowerd systematically. It may sound dangerous, but in South America, almost all street artists work that way. It is obviously not easy to close the contours to draw such a great job while dangling from a rope in the air, but therein lies the talent of the street artist, "Van Poucke laughs.

The inspiration for this one seems to come from the Dutch painter Jan De Baen and his painting "The Corpses of  De Witt brothers" referring to a bloody lynching of the brothers De Witt, two historic Dutch political figures from 17th century whose bodies were horribly mutilated and their hearts were carved out to be exhibited as trophies.

The works arouse much debate: Is it art? Is it not too offensive?

Not everyone in the art world finds the fresco equally. Liesbeth De Belie, curator at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts finds that context is missing to describe this really as art: "I would be more understanding for if there was still something to interpretation. Now it seems to me so gratuitous, "says De Belie. "In the Netherlands, the painting has a huge cultural impact, the work is known and we know the meaning: it's about people being wrongly executed. But here we can not make the link with the historical background. "

Alice Van den Abeele of MIMA in Molenbeek, a museum that includes focusing on graffiti culture, disagreed. "We are obliged to talk about it. You may find it beautiful or not, you may believe that it is violent and inappropriate, but it is still art. "


  1. So the brutality of the photo's in the press is not enough anymore but it must be burned into the brain.

  2. I read about it, it is awful to look at all the time.

  3. It sends a message. What the message is depends on your interpretation.

  4. I would agree that it seems to be gratuitous. And I don't think I'd like to come home every day to be greeted by this.

  5. dark...seems like it would scare children!

  6. It definitely is meant to shock but it is hard to know if it is a commentary on something beyond itself. The discussion it engenders must be fascinating to follow. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.