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Breaking Borders mural by Delicious Brains

This beautiful mural was commissioned in 2017 by Parcours Streetart. Sadly to this date no information could be found on their site about the project. The only information found on the internet was on the Delicious Brains website where a brief description by the project Swedish artist was mentioned and can read below.

Breaking Borders by Delicious Brains (2017)
“Breaking Borders” mural by Artist Kim Deman aka Delicious Brains is found at rue des Palais Outre-Ponts 387, Brussels, Belgium

“This wall illustrates an imaginary wall, conditioned to have us move behind material borders. But with self-belief a border is bendable with just a thought. Yet they try separate us with physical walls. This portal expresses the desire to break free from the concrete jungles that are big cities. I see it as a Concrete Cocoon released and breaking a ‘impression barrier.”

Quoted by artist Kim Demåne better known as Delicious Brains

More pictures of the mural by Delicious Brains

Breaking Borders by Delicious Brains (2017)
Breaking Borders by Delicious Brains (2017)
Breaking Borders by Delicious Brains (2017)
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Breaking Borders by Delicious Brains (2017)
Breaking Borders by Delicious Brains (2017)

ADAM Temporary Exhibit Punk Graphics: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die

The Punk Graphics expo: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, was originally created in 2018 at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York and is now shown for the first time in Europe at the ADAM Brussels Design Museum. The exhibit is is based on Andrew Kristine’s extensive collection of punk memorabilia that includes flyers, posters, albums, promotional items and fanzines from 1976 to 1986.

Walking through the Punk Graphics Exhibit

In his youth, this New York investment banker was a front-seat witness to the birth of the punk movement. Fascinated by the inventiveness of punk graphic productions, began his collecting early as a teenager, and has accumulated over 3000 pieces over the space of four decades.

ADAM MUSEUM BRUSSELS: Punk Graphics Exhibit
Siouxsie and the Banshees and Hüsker Dü posters

His exhibition illustrates in particular the influence of the anti-establishment attitude of this counter culture, which favored a ‘DIY’ and ‘artisanal’ approach at a time when the professional graphic sector were turning to computers. The bands created their own posters and record covers, while fans created flyers and fanzines using typewriters, cutting letters out from newspapers and magazines to design their own rebel typography.

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN exhibit
GBH & Killing Joke posters

Punk graphics is also characterized by a great freedom of inspiration: all art forms, teen pop culture (comics, popular novels, science fiction, horror films, etc.) or the style of the 1950s and 1960s were appropriated freely. Collage was the reference technique; stencil the preferred mode of reproduction; contestation, irony and bright colors the essential ingredients.

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN exhibit
Here displayed a collection of Belgian punk vinyls records

There was a reciprocal relationship between the art world and the punk music scene, especially in cities like New York and London. The Andy Warhol influence can be easily seen for instance just below with the portraits of artists below of Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Ian Dury.

Andy Warhol inflence on Punk art
Andy Warhol Pop art reflected in these portraits

After studying graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic in 1978, Peter Saville became one of the founding members of Factory Records. Saville created many memorable album covers and promotions for bands and projects associated with the company including designs for Joy Division and its successor band New Order. In step with the postmodernist tendencies of the times, Saville often looked to art and design history for inspiration. For this poster below used to promote the album Closer, Saville explores the neoclassical.

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN exhibit

The poster features a contemporaneous photograph taken by Bernard Pierre Wolff of the Appiani family tomb in Genoa’s famed Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, sculpted by Demetrio Pernio around 1910. Rendered beautifully in dramatic light and shadow, it depicts the scene of the family’s bereavement. The image and the classical typography were chosen for their ability to quickly contrast the very modem music of the band with this seemingly ancient image in which it was wrapped. It was, however, an image whose grieving tone would be brought much closer to home following the tragic suicide of Joy Division’s lead singer Ian Curtis.

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN exhibit
Punk chic

One of the most iconic images of rock music (below on the left) when Pennie Smith captured The Clash bassist Paul Simonon smashing his guitar against the stage during a concert at The Palladium in New York in 1979. The image is framed by the pink and green typography mimicking Elvis Presley’s 1956 eponymous debut album.

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN exhibit

Despite these two strong visual elements, this promotional poster owes much to artist Andy Warhol and his use of repetition. The horizontal step-and-repeat of the design creates a still animation effect of this frenzied action, while also alluding to Warhol’s own series of Elvis canvases, which ranged from a single iconic pose to multiple repeat images of the singer.

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN exhibit
Colorful art in the rooms of the Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

Answer WE ARE DEVO Poster!!! The mention on the bottom refer to “Jocko Homo” the B-side of their 1st single, “Mongoloid”

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit
Walking around the Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

ADAM Museum: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit
Black Flag and D.O.A. are some of the founders of the Punk Hardcore movement that started late “70’s was of my era

Jamie Reid, creator of legendary graphics for the Sex Pistols, designed this poster to promote the single California Ãœber Alles, an anti-fascist song from the San Francisco based Punk band the Dead Kennedys. The title refers to the first stanza of the German national anthem “Deutschland, Deutschland Ãœber alles” (“Germany, Germany above everything”), a lyric that was dropped following the end of World War II because of its close associations with Nazism and anti-Antisemitism.

ADAM Museum: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

The 1979 song is a satirical attack on Jerry Brown, then Governor of California (1975-1983) and depicts a fascist vision of a future America based on post-hippie values. In this imagined totalitarian world, a California ethos of healthy living, cheerful music, and fashion-consciousness dominates a docile society ruled by a liberal dictator. Reid uses the swastika adorned with cannabis leaves to create a decorative border, a design treatment that evokes its pre-Nazi era use as a symbol of good fortune in, among other things, architectural pat-terns and decorative tile work.

Here is a video of the Dead Kennedys in concert with the 7-inch single version of the song playing

Long before the swastika was adopted by the Nazis in the 1930’s, it was widely used in various cultures around the world for centuries, from its ancient roots as an Eastern religious icon in Hinduism and Buddhism to a sign of auspiciousness and good luck in Western Greek, Celtic, and Baltic traditions.

The same year in 1979 and at the age of 21, Jello Biafra ran for Mayor of San Francisco. His platform was quite unconventional and included ideas such as requiring police officers to run for election by the residents of the neighborhoods they patrol, legalizing squatting in vacant buildings and forcing businessmen to wear clown suits within the SF city limits, He came In 3rd out of 10 In the Mayoral Race.

ADAM Museum: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit
Jello Biafra with NOMEANSNO “The Sky Is Falling and I Want My Mommy” poster promoting the new album.

ADAM Museum: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit
Which Punk era are you from? The Circle Jerks sticker there was one of the iconic bands of my era

ADAM Museum: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

CRASS Band Punk/political artist Gee Vaucher’s “Your Country Needs You.” Anti-War song was released with the uncensored re-issue on The bands album “The Feeding of the 5,000.”

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit
Some of the more noticeable posters among them Talking Heads, PIL, Bauhaus & Butthole Surfers on the left.

ADAM Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

American artist Pettibon came to prominence in the early 1980s in the southern California punk rock scene for the Black Flag album covers and band logo. His target in the Zine zine above was the drug-wrecked hippie movement of the 1960’s.

Adam Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit
Plastic Bertrand was the internationally known be Belgian New Wave Artist for his hit single “Ça plane pour moi”.

Adam Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit
The Ramones, UK SUBS at Ancienne Belgique & Bérurier noir show flyers at Plan K

Adam Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

Adam Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

The Clash 1979 Tour & Give them enough rope album posters

Adam Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit
The Cramps, Siouxsie and the Banshees & The Damned posters on display

ADam Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

Talking Heads Speaking Tongues LP

ADam Museum PUNK DESIGN: Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die exhibit

Punks often used dark humor imagery to provoke, the picture of German abbot Alban Schachleiter walking among rows of Nazi brownshirts offering Hitler salutes and appearing to return the salute is a great example and was used for a concert poster in the early 1980 while promoting the Malicious Damage album and was also used on Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!

ADAM Brussels Design Museum: Permanent Plastic Design Expo

The ADAM: Brussels Design Museum Permanent Plastic Design exhibit pays a big homage to plastic design creativity. Most of what is on display dates from the golden age of the ’60’s & the 70’s when plastic chic was at it’s zenith. Of the entire 2000 strong collection, started in the ’80s by Philippe Decelle, about 500 furniture and household items are permanently displayed. The collection offers some interesting thought provoking designs and prototypes that are sure to bring back back nostalgia to those lucky enough to have lived through this special era. This reminds us just how quickly things evolve in just a few decades.

The ADAM: Brussels Design Museum Permanent

Adam Brussels Design Museum

The ADAM Design Museum is conveniently located just 150 meters from one of the most visited sights of Brussels, the 1958 Expo Atomium. Entrance to the ADAMN is free for those who purchased t a ticket to the Atomium at 16 EUR, otherwise the ADAM entrance is 10 EUR which makes the bundle a great value.

Entrance to the Adam Brussels Design Museum

The hard to miss entrance in big yellow letters

Entrance to the Adam Brrussels Design Museum

The colorful exterior staircase

Plastic Design Permanent Collection

Entrance to the Plasticarium Collextion

Zombie Chair by Roger Tallon 1967

Zombie Chair by Roger Tallon made for the Astrolabe Café in Paris (1967)

Spehere d'isolement S2 by Maurice Claude Vivildi 1970

The isolation chamber by Maurice Claude Vivildi (1970)

Television sets from the 60's and 70's

Various Television sets from the 60’s & 70’s

Plastic fashion wear

Fashion wear

Nicolas L foot Armchair (1968)

Foot Armchair by Nicolas L (1968)

The entrance to the Adamn Brrussels Museum

Plastic Arts

Homme Chair by Ruth Francken in 1970

“Homme” Chair by Ruth Francken (1970)

Nastro Chair by Ceasare Leonardi1961

Nastro Chair by Ceasare Leonardi (1961)


Coquille table seat by Annie Tribel (1968)

Goldorak 1975 flastic figurine

Plastic figurines by Mattel: Goldorak, Gaiking & Dragun (1975)

The Pratt chair by Gaetano Pesce in 1984

The Pratt chair by Gaetano Pesce (1984)

Radical Plastic Designs

Joe Armchair on the left the by Jonathan De Pas (1971)

Plastic Head

Plastic head by unknown artist

Dondolo armchair by Ceasare Leonard  in 1967

Dondolo armchair by Cesare Leonardi (1967)

Pamtonaef the swiss assembly game

Pantonaef: the Swiss lego-like assembly game

Desk and chair from 70's

Tag'liatelli armchar by Ane Quinze (2005)

Tag’liatelli armchar by Ane Quinze (2005)

Some of the record players and phones on display at ADAM Museum

Phones and record players from the ’70’s

Vittorio Parigi desk 1970

Desk by Vittorio Parigi (1970)

Jean Luc Favriau sofa

Sofa by Jean Luc Favriau

Lady Braun austronette hair drier

70’s Lady Braun space age Astronette hair dryer

Europe’s biggest graffiti wall along tram station De Wand

The largest fresco of Belgium can now be admired along the walls of the De Wand tram station in Laeken. Just a stone’s throw from the Atomium along tramway lines 4, 19 and 23 the De Wand station is a symbolic crossing point between the suburbs and the city of Brussels. Entitled “The Walk”, this massive work of art was created by 30 graffiti artists from Belgium and beyond was part of a grant from the Brussels’ region for the renovation of public spaces and has grown over the years to become Europe’s biggest graffiti wall with it 4500 square meters. The total cost of the project was of 200 000€ where 30 artists worked for 9 days and no less than 6000 spray paint cans were used during the process.

Photos of mural art along tram station De Wand (Location):

Brosella Folk and Jazz Festival in Osseghem Park

The open-air Green Theatre in Laeken’s Osseghem Park, hosted this year again the 34th edition of the free and annual Brosella Folk & Jazz Festival. Twenty concerts are spread over two days and featured in this lovely leafy-green setting. The first day is dedicated to folk musicians and the second to jazz. The pictures are taken on the second day and feature the Avishai Cohen Quintet. More information about the festival itself can be found here.

Photos of Brosella Folk and Jazz Festival (location):