Brussels: Nuestros silencios – Monumental sculpture
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For 3 months, from the 21st April to 15th July 2010, the exposition "Nuestros Silencios" is located at Avenue de la Toison d’Or, in the heart of Brussels. The Mexican artist, Rivelino’s exposition is an integrated part of the festivities organised for the bicentennial anniversary of Mexico’s independence.
Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a main centre for international politics. Its hosting of principal EU institutions as well as the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has made the city a polyglot home of numerous international organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants.
Although historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels became increasingly French-speaking over the 19th and 20th centuries. Today a majority of inhabitants are native French-speakers, although both languages have official status. Linguistic tensions remain, and the language laws of the municipalities surrounding Brussels are an issue of much controversy in Belgium.