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AU BORINAGE - the new photographic exhibition by Karin Borghouts (the 40th!)- had a double opening on 22 June. It is now on display in the two Van Gogh houses of the Borinage in Belgium.

Gardien Domaine du Levant, Cuesmes © Karin Borghouts, 2024

Au Borinage

The Borinage, south-west of Mons in Belgian Hainaut, is a region with a moving mining history. This is clearly visible in the landscape in the form of the many terrils (slagheaps). Karin was attracted by the miners' houses in the hilly streets, the mine ruins and the now overgrown terrils, but she also wanted to get in touch with the inhabitants. So she decided to photograph people in special places. Sons and daughters of miners, artists and writers, café owners, preachers, owners of old mining sites, and a rare self-portrait. The photographs are staged to highlight the Borains.

The exhibition of 30 large photographs is divided between the two Van Gogh houses: la maison Van Gogh in Petit-Wasmes and la maison Van Gogh in Cuesmes where there are large photographs in the garden). There is also a large work of art on display at the ruins of the Marcasse mine, where Van Gogh descended in 1879. Vincent van Gogh stayed in the Belgian Borinage from 1878 to 1880, first as an assistant preacher to the miners. Later he decided to become an artist. He was 27 at the time.

With the support of cc Colfontaine, Fondation Mons 202 and Visit Mons. Prints produced by Milo-Profi photolabo.

The old station of Pâturages, where Van Gogh got off the train in 1878 © Karin Borghouts, 2024

Article The Art Couch

Patrick Auwelaert wrote an interesting article on Au Borinage in The Art Couch online.

Read here (Dutch)

Interview in LM Magazine

An article and interview appeared in the June issue of the French magazine LM Arts & Culture.
Read here
(en français)

AU BORINAGE - Photography Karin Borghouts

From 22 June to 13 October 2024

Maison Van Gogh Cuesmes
3, Rue du Pavillon
7033 Cuesmes (Mons) BE
tue > sun : 10 am - 15:45 pm

Maison Van Gogh Petit-Wasmes
221, Rue Wilson
7340 Petit-Wasmes (Colfontaine) BE
Tue > Sun : 10 am - 4 pmonly after reservation on 0492 76 03 03

Tip: The best way to discover the region is on foot or by bike. Good condition required. There are beautiful views from a slag heap. Van Gogh walks and cycling routes as well as group visits are possible.
If you want to combine your visit with the Rodin exhibition in Mons (near Cuesmes) or a visit to Mac's Grand Hornu (near Petit-Wasmes), it is best to visit the Van Gogh houses first, as they close early. Petit-Wasmes is also unstaffed, so make an appointment.

Info Visit Mons

Maison Van Gogh Cuesmes and Maison Van Gogh Petit-Wasmes @ the Borinage.

Homage to Van Gogh Weekend

The anniversary of Vincent van Gogh's death will be commemorated at three locations in the Borinage on the weekend of 27 and 28 July. Admission is free.

On Saturday 27 July, the Marcasse aux Chandelles event will take place at the Marcasse mining ruins.

On Sunday 28 July at the Van Gogh house in Cuesmes you can experience Un dimanche avec Van Gogh.

To be noted:
Saturday 27 July - 2 pm and 4 pm.

Guided tour by Karin Borghouts at the Van Gogh House in Petit-Wasmes

Sunday 28 July - 2 pm and 4 pm.

Guided tour by Karin Borghouts at the Van Gogh House Cuesmes

Information and brochure at Visit Mons

Terril de Marcasse - Petit-Wasmes ©Karin Borghouts 2023

Book of photographs Vincent Was here

The book Vincent Was Here (2019) is on sale in the two Van Gogh houses in the Borinage (35 euros).

Vincent Was Here - Karin Borghouts, published by Ronny Van de Velde in FR, NL and ENG. With texts by Xavier Canonne, MuséePhoto Charleroi and Ron Dirven, curator Vincent van Gogh Huis Zundert.

Online books and special editions:

'Vincent Was Here' Karin Borghouts

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