There's lots going on at the Brel Foundation
The work of the great Jacques still arouses much admiration, 42 years after the artist's death. Whether it comes from nostalgic fans or even from a very young audience, this enthusiasm for Brel extends far beyond our country's borders.
With the Brel Foundation reopening to the public at the beginning of June, visitors can once again immerse themselves in the wealth of the man who remains one of the greatest figures of French chanson. There are several new features, such as original short films and a feature film on the last part of Brel's life, with his exile in the Marquesas Islands.
This desire to perpetuate the influence of this extraordinary artist goes beyond the building dedicated to him on the Place de la Vieille Halle aux Blés in Brussels. At the initiative of his daughter, France Brel, a new travelling exhibition made up of often unpublished photos, viewed on 29 scrollable panels, is about to hit the road. A very ambitious project has also just been completed, as all the artist's recordings are now subtitled in thirteen languages.
The icing on the cake is that a brand new Blu-Ray triple box set (also available on DVD or CD) has just been released. It includes remastered
versions of the recordings of two shows with the third disc featuring the documentary Brel parle, an interview filmed in 1971. This was a time when Brussels was bustling ... Don't forget to book your visit