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.
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.
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.
His exhibition illustrates in particular the influence of the anti-establishment attitude of this counter culture, which favored a â€˜DIYâ€™ and â€˜artisanalâ€™ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Answer WE ARE DEVO Poster!!! The mention on the bottom refer to “Jocko Homo” the B-side of their 1st single, “Mongoloid”
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.
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.
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.
CRASS Band Punk/political artist Gee Vaucher’s â€œYour Country Needs You.â€ Anti-War song was released with the uncensored re-issue on The bands album “The Feeding of the 5,000.”
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.
The Clash 1979 Tour & Give them enough rope album posters
Talking Heads Speaking Tongues LP
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!
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
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.
The hard to miss entrance in big yellow letters
The colorful exterior staircase
Plastic Design Permanent Collection
Zombie Chair by Roger Tallon made for the Astrolabe CafÃ© in Paris (1967)
The isolation chamber by Maurice Claude Vivildi (1970)
Various Television sets from the 60’s & 70’s
Foot Armchair by Nicolas L (1968)
“Homme” Chair by Ruth Francken (1970)
Nastro Chair by Ceasare Leonardi (1961)
Coquille table seat by Annie Tribel (1968)
Plastic figurines by Mattel: Goldorak, Gaiking & Dragun (1975)
The Pratt chair by Gaetano Pesce (1984)
Joe Armchair on the left the by Jonathan De Pas (1971)
Plastic head by unknown artist
Dondolo armchair by Cesare Leonardi (1967)
Pantonaef: the Swiss lego-like assembly game
Tag’liatelli armchar by Ane Quinze (2005)
Phones and record players from the ’70’s
Desk by Vittorio Parigi (1970)
Sofa by Jean Luc Favriau
70’s Lady Braun space age Astronette hair dryer
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 â€œThe Walkâ€, 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 Europeâ€™s biggest graffiti wall with it 4500 square meters. The total cost of the project was of 200 000â‚¬ 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):
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):
Mural art realized by Mezzo, the creator of the King of the Flies comic strip illustrations as a tribute to HergÃ©. Mezzo of his real name Pascal Mesemberg was born in Drancy in 1960. At the age of 17, he began his career by sending illustrations in various magazines and graphzines Paris where he published his first comic strip in MÃ©tal Aventure and then collaborated with Zoulou and L’Ã‰cho des Savanes. After becoming famous working with Michel Pirus in 1989 he moved to Paris where he contributes regularly to the journal de Mickey as an illustrator and realizes the covers for Stephen King’s Librio collection novels. He also still publishes short stories in L’Ã‰cho des Savanes with his accomplice Pirus.
Photos of Tribute to HergÃ© fresco by Mezzo in Laeken (location):
The Laeken cemetery is the oldest of all the cemeteries in Brussels still in function. Very popular among tourists and residents alike it’s often dubbed as the little brother of the PÃ¨re-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. The CimetiÃ¨re de Laeken rose massively in popularity when the Royal family chose the adjacent Notre-Dame de Laeken Church as their burial grounds. Since then it became the final resting place of Belgian’s rich and famous Personalities bringing some outstanding examples of 19th century funerary art. By looking at the titles engraved in the stones one notices profusion of ministers, mayors, advisers, renowned artist or high ranking officers.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Location of the Laeken cemetery:
Photos CimetiÃ¨re de Laeken:
World War I soldier fallen at the age of 24 while heroically covering a retreat.
Imploring the heavens
Endless rows of the many victims of the Great War that lay here
Close up of a grieving woman
Looking at tower of Notre-Dame de Laeken Church located right at the back
Child with flowers
Young girl praying
The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
Jesus and Mary
One of the many deserted paths across the cemetery
Loss of a loved one
Child resting his head
Widow locked inside her sadness
More expressions of grief
The imposing Notre-Dame de Laeken Church lays behind
l’Ã‰glise Notre-Dame de Laeken (Our Lady of Laeken Church) is well known as the official burial place for Belgium’s kings and queens. The Construction of this church began in 1854 to honor the memory of the first Queen of the Belgians Louise-Marie, who died in 1850.
The architect J. Poelaert was chosen after a competition was held, but he resigned from the project in 1865. This led to many interruptions in building work, which was finally restarted between 1904 and 1911 by his fellow architect von Schmidt from Munich.
With the assistance of the architect Groothaert, von Schmidt built a new facade in front of the first one and completed the towers and steeple. The royal crypt, the windows and furnishings with their Gothic character make the church one of the most important Neogothic buildings in the region.
Location of Notre-Dame de Laeken Church:
Photos of Notre-Dame de Laeken:
Our Lady of Laeken Church from a distance
Details of stone carving
Grimacing demons around the towers serve as protection
At its feet
View from the back of Notre-Dame de Laeken
From the back side
Depictions of Jesus and Mary
Church high Walls
Depictions Saint Antoine and Saint Theresa
Central portion of Our Lady of Laeken Church
Seated portion on the left
Back Stained Glass Windows
View of Our Lady of Laeken Church from high up at the organ
Closer look at the ceremony underway
Entering the Royal Crypt
Five Belgian kings and their wives lay for their eternal rest here
King Leopold I and Louise-Marie
King Leopold II and Marie Henriette of Austria
King Albert I and Elisabeth
Monument dedicated to the Heroes of the First World War in Laeken. The statue features a Woman, symbolizing the Motherland holding a sword and shield with at it’s base engraved in stone the words “Souvenez Vous” meaning in English Remember. The names of all the inhabitants of Laeken who died during the conflict are also engraved.
Location of the World War I Monument of Laeken:
Statue on top of the Monument to fallen WWI soldiers
Lincoln, is a popular French comic strip created by JÃ©rÃ´me, Olivier & Anne-Claire Jouvray which portraits the theme of the lonely cowboy. The main character Lincoln is a lost soul drifting across the country without any purpose in life. One day God crosses his path and promising him happiness and immortality sets him on a mission to uphold justice.
Location of the Lincoln comic strip mural:
Photos of the Lincoln comic strip mural: