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Travel Tips: Antwerp

What with Mandarina Duck being a quintessential travel brand, it’s no surprise we are drawn to creatives who are similarly inspired by travel. A unique exhibition in Antwerp, highlights the work of such an artist: Panamarenko, a world-renowned innovator, part scientist, part visionary. Titled “Panamarenko Universum”, the dedicated space in the MUHKA is filled with his sketches, motorized appliances and robots of his design, and the documents and theories that have formed the basis of his life’s work. Ceaselessly inspired by the classical Greek myth of Icarus, Panamarenko, constantly explores the idea of human powered flight. He’s famous for his assemblage work that often features aeroplanes, balloons, helicopters, space ships and other vehicles. The concept of travel is central to his work, though none of his constructions are able to actually levitate. The Belgian airline company VLM named one of their planes after him in 2009, and with good reason: his pseudonym is an acronym for "Pan American Airlines and Company". Panamarenko’s life and oeuvre are fittingly honoured by this extensive and impressive exhibition, a must-see for any inventive, urban globetrotter who visits Antwerp at the beginning of this year.