Pilsen 2015 (3): Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell brewery, in the Czech town of Pilsen, which is European Capital of Culture 2015.

Pilsen Czech Republic European Capital of Culture 2015 Pilsner Urquell Brewery beer Plzen

Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Pilsen, Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham


Pilsen Czech Republic European Capital of Culture 2015 Pilsner Urquell Brewery beer Plzen

Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Pilsen, Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham


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Pilsen 2015 (2): Angels & Devils

Two more shots from the Czech town of Pilsen, which is European Capital of Culture 2015.
Angel heads on railings beside the cathedral, and marionettes from Doctor Faustus in the Puppet Museum.

Pilsen, European Capital of Culture 2015, Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham

Pilsen, European Capital of Culture 2015, Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham


Pilsen, European Capital of Culture 2015, Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham

Pilsen, European Capital of Culture 2015, Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham


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Pilsen 2015 (1): Adolf Loos

Apartment interior by architect Adolf Loos, Pilsen (Plzeň), Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham

Pilsen Plzen Czech Republic European Capital of Culture 2015 Adolf Loos architecture travel photography © Rudolf Abraham

Pilsen, European Capital of Culture 2015, Czech Republic © Rudolf Abraham


There are 13 apartments in Pilsen with interiors designed by the modern architect Adolf Loos – the largest number in Europe after Vienna. Pictured here, the apartment of Dr Josef Vogel at 12 Klatovska St, designed by Loos in the 1920s. The Czech town of Pilsen is European Capital of Culture 2015.
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Doudou (3)

Halberd-bearer outside the Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru, during the ‘Doudou‘ (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). © Rudolf Abraham

Doudou, Mons, Belgium, photography © Rudolf Abraham

Halberd-bearer outside Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru, during the Doudou, Mons, Belgium © Rudolf Abraham


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Grand-Hornu

The UNESCO-listed Grand-Hornu mining complex, near Mons, Belgium. © Rudolf Abraham

UNESCO-listed Grand-Hornu mining complex, near Mons, Belgium © Rudolf Abraham

UNESCO-listed Grand-Hornu mining complex, Belgium. © Rudolf Abraham


Built in the early 19th century in Neoclassical style by French entrepreneur Henri De Gorge and designed by architect Bruno Renard, Grand-Hornu is surrounded by Utopian, neatly arranged streets of worker’s housing (pictured below), and developed into one of the largest mining companies in Belgium. It is now open as a museum, and since 2012 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with three other historic mines in Wallonia.
UNESCO-listed Grand-Hornu mining complex, near Mons, Belgium © Rudolf Abraham

Workers’ housing, Grand-Hornu, Belgium. © Rudolf Abraham


Shot during a recent visit to nearby Mons during its inauguration as European Capital of Culture 2015 (January 2015)
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Mons (5): disco on the Grand Place

Mons, Belgium. Weekend of inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture 2015 (24 January 2015). Pictured here, following the main opening ceremony performance of Envolée chromatique, the Grand Place (main square) turns into a huge euphoric dance party. © Rudolf Abraham

Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture photo © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium. European Capital of Culture 2015. © Rudolf Abraham


Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture photo © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium. European Capital of Culture 2015. © Rudolf Abraham


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Mons (4): Hot tubs

Mons, Belgium. Visitors brave January temperatures (it was snowing in the morning) to enjoy an outdoor Finnish hot tub (and a few cans of Jupiler). Shot last weekend during the inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture 2015 (24 January 2015). © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium, European Capital of Culture 2015 © Rudolf Abraham

Hot tubs. Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015. © Rudolf Abraham


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Mons (3): Painting with Van Gogh

Mons, Belgium. Preview of the Van Gogh exhibition ‘Van Gogh in the Borinage – Birth of an Artist’ at BAM (Beaux-Arts Mons). Pictured here, Van Gogh’s bedroom – an interactive installation based on his painting ‘Bedroom in Arles’ (of which there are three versions, one of them in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam), with viewers being invited to ‘paint’ the scene in coloured stickers. Van Gogh lived in the Borinage (the area around Mons) and worked as a preacher, before deciding to take up painting. Shot last weekend during the inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture 2015 (24 January 2015). © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium, European Capital of Culture 2015, Van Gogh exhibition, photo © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium. Preview of the Van Gogh exhibition ‘Van Gogh in the Borinage – Birth of an Artist’. © Rudolf Abraham


Pictured below, Sjraar van Heugten, curator of the exhibition, answers questions during the preview.
Mons, Belgium, Van Gogh in the Borinage exhibition, Sjraar van Heugten, photo © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium. ‘Van Gogh in the Borinage’ exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten. © Rudolf Abraham


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Mons (2): Once upon a time

Mons, Belgium. ‘Il était une fois’ (‘Once upon a time’), a mesmerizing light installation by Cédric Verdure in the Belfry Gardens, with wire figures gradually changing colour and fading ghostlike in and out of the darkness, below the town’s UNESCO-listed Baroque belfry. Shot last weekend during the inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture 2015 (24 January 2015). © Rudolf Abraham

Mons Belgium European Capital of Culture 2015 photography © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium. ‘Il etait une fois’ (‘Once upon a time’), light installation. © Rudolf Abraham


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Mons (1): Song lines

Mons, Belgium. ‘Song Lines’, a beautifully moving sound installation in Rue de la Poterie, with the words of the song Tombe la niege (a 1960s hit by French-Italian singer Salvatore Adamo) chanted in a faint a capella, and portraits of the singers projected onto sheets and other pieces of cloth suspended above the street. Shot last weekend during the inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture 2015 (24 January 2015). © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium, European Capital of Culture 2015 photography © Rudolf Abraham

Mons, Belgium, European Capital of Culture 2015. ‘Song Lines’ sound installation. © Rudolf Abraham


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