Antwerpen – A Temporary Futures Institute – 28.04.2017-17.09.2017 – 4783

M HKA – A Temporary Futures Institute – 28.04.2017-17.09.2017

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Futurists: Agence Future, Stuart Candy, Center for Postnormal Policy & Futures Studies, Mei-Mei Song

Artists: Michel Auder, Miriam Bäckström, Kasper Bosmans, Simryn Gill, Guan Xiao, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Alexander Lee, Nina Roos, Darius Žiūra

‘A Temporary Futures Institute’ is organised by M HKA within the framework of ‘The Uses of Art’, a project by the European museum confederation L’Internationale.
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Antwerpen – Margiela, the Hermès years – 31.03.2017-27.08.2017 – 4781

© HERMÈS Autumn/Winter 1998 image of the advertising campaign over-painted by Martin Margiela (Cape Cod watch designed by Henri d’Origny and double-tour strap bracelet created by Martin Margiela) – photo Thierry Le Goues – graphic design Jelle Jespers.

MoMu – Margiela, the Hermès years – 31.03.2017-27.08.2017

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MoMu is displaying Belgian stylist Martin Margiela’s Hermès collections from 1997 to 2003 for the first time. As well as this, the tribute exhibition also explores the relationship during these years between these collections and his own label, Maison Martin Margiela. Groundbreaking deconstruction and timeless luxury – the two worlds of designer Martin Margiela – are the starting point of the exhibition ‘‘Margiela, the Hermès years’’.
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Brussels – Rik Wauters – A Retrospective – 10.03.2017-02.07.2017- 4780

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium – Rik Wauters – A Retrospective – 10.03.2017-02.07.2017

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A prominent figure in Brabant’s Fauvism, Rik Wouters brought us brilliant and colorful art, far from the dramas that marked his existence until his early death in 1916 at the age of 33. Rik Wouters equally mastered painting, sculpting and drawing: his extraordinary career has made him an essential representative of Modern Art in Belgium.
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Borgloon – Luc Tuymans – The Swamp – 09.04.2017- 24.05.2017 – 4779

The Swamp’, consists of 3 art works, each made in very different media.. Photo: Sjors Swierstra.

Resethome is a sculpture, an artist residency and an exhibition venue combined. Conceived and built by the Belgian artist Gert Robijns in the footprint of his grandmother’s former home, as a free space for art, RESETHOME is dedicated to bringing artists and audiences together in the village of Borgloon, Limburg.

On 9 April 2017, Resethome welcomed its first illustrious guest, the artist Luc Tuymans, with his solo exhibition ‘The Swamp’. Luc Tuymans is one of the few artists who, from the 90ies onwards, continually questioned and redefined painting, thereby recalibrating the medium’s potential on a global scale.

‘The Swamp’, consists of 3 art works, each made in very different media.

Setting the conceptual tone, ‘Shadows’ has been made by tracing the shadows cast on the floor by the sun shining through the windows with chalk. The inner shell of Resethome thus becomes a three-dimensional drawing: a graphic installation. With the passage of time an overlap occurs, as newly cast shadows cross over drawn shadows, accentuating the earth’s orbit around the sun. As an introverted sundial, it draws attention to the precision involved in capturing a specific time and place. Every day, at one moment – Belgian weather permitting – the shadows, both drawn and real, will appear to coincide. However, no exact synchronisation is possible until the earth has completed its year-long revolution around the sun. With simple means, the room becomes a timer that is counting down, poignantly bringing into view the inexorable slippage of time and the futility of chalked-in memories.*

A second work, ‘Plates’, reprises a series of lithographs of industrial china crockery that was mass-produced during the soviet era in Croatia. The plates’ innocuous, domestic appearance belies the ideological structures and industrial complexity that enabled their production and dissemination. Depicted frontally, as if displayed on a wall, the paintings of the plates are here reproduced as stickers and attached to the windows. They therefore cast their own shadow. The painted highlights reflecting off the golden rim of each plate in turn visually invoke a luminous orbit.

The space upstairs accommodates a floor painting entitled ‘The Swamp’ after a work the artist painted in 2017. The painting’s wooden base, raising it slightly off the floor, involves some perspectival trickery: the irregular rhomboid shape draws the viewer in: amongst the patches of light the advancing, crawling figure of a person in camouflage can be discerned, leaving no shadow of a doubt upon which impending world events the artist is speculating.

This is the only one-person show Luc Tuymans is presenting in 2017.

Resethome offers a place for artistic production and reflection: it hosts residencies for artists and periodic exhibitions. Designed to draw contemporary visual art, artists and audiences to the Limburg region, local and from further afield, it aims to open up the village of Borgloon to an effervescent dialogue with contemporary art.

*This work echoes the pieces ENDE that Luc Tuymans realized in 2007 at Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, when he painted the small exhibition space grey and the shadows of the window frames were highlighted in white. It also recalls a work the artist made for the exhibition Before it disappears and afterwards in Watou, Belgium (1998), for which he painted in the shadows of cars parked in a street.

Resethome – Luc Tuymans – The Swamp – 09.04.2017- 24.05.2017

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Oostende – Frans Masereel and Contemporary Art: images of resistance – 01.04.2017-03.09.2017 – 4778

Image : Frans Masereel, Ein Gehirn (from the series ‘Bilder der Grossstadt’), 1926.
© SABAM Belgium 2017 & Masereelstiftung Saarbrücken

Frans Masereel and Contemporary Art: images of resistance reveals Masereel’s vision of the world, his social criticism and pacifism. Frans Masereel (1889-1972) can be considered the most important graphic artist and woodcutter of the twentieth century. Mu.ZEE looks back on his work, and brings Masereel’s ideas into dialogue with today’s society through the work of contemporary artists from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and America: Mary Evans, Anton Kannemeyer, Glenn Ligon, Dan Perjovschi, Billie Zangewa, William Kentridge, Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Slavs and Tatars, Kerry James Marshall, Papa Mfumu’eto 1er.

The exhibition highlights the artists’ social commitment and brings different kinds of pacifism and internationalism to the fore, which are often associated with varied motifs and open to multiple interpretations. At the beginning of the twentieth century, but also before, people were already thinking about the developments that we would now call contemporary, such as migration and globalisation.

From a constructive standpoint, the artists question injustice and inequality. With a critical eye, and sometimes with satire, they tackle the subjects that personally interest them and offer them up for discussion via images. As an illustrator for newspapers and magazines, and working with woodcuts, Masereel had the opportunity to pose critical questions to a wide audience in an accessible manner. Visual immediacy and storytelling are just two of the strategies that are explored in the wide range of exhibited works. The common denominator is a positive outlook on the future and, in this, Masereel’s portrayal of mankind was unfailingly optimistic.

Mu.ZEE – Frans Masereel and Contemporary Art: images of resistance – 01.04.2017-03.09.2017

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Brussels – Yves Klein – 29.03.2017-20.08.2017 – 4777

Yves Klein and the Blue Globe 14 rue Campagne-Première, Paris, 1961 Artwork © Yves Klein, ADAGP, Paris / SABAM, Bruxelles, 2017 Photo © Harry Shunk and Janos Kender © J.Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

This spring, in cooperation with Tate Liverpool, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts presents a monographic exhibition devoted to the French artist Yves Klein (1928–1962). Klein created paintings and sculptures, influenced the development of performance art, wrote works for the theatre and music and also experimented with radical architecture. He became renowned, above all, for his use of a vivid ultramarine pigment (International Klein Blue – IKB). His monochrome paintings in this characteristic deep blue shade gave expression to his ideas about Zen and spiritual infinity. Klein sought to express absolute immateriality and infinite space through pure colour.

Klein’s short but spectacular career shook the European art world to its foundations. Even though he died at just 34 years of age from a heart attack, he left behind a groundbreaking body of work. The exhibition pays tribute to his pioneering work, which paved the way for movements such as conceptual and minimalist art, installations, and performance art.

Yves Klein: Theatre of the Void presents 30 works offering visitors a broad spectrum of this influential artist’s extraordinary creativity. The exhibition includes work from Klein’s major series, including the monochrome paintings in IKB, the exceptionally pure ultramarine with which he gave his works a depthless sense of space. For his Anthropometry paintings, during a live performance, Klein used naked models as living brushes to apply blue paint to the canvas. His Fire Paintings, canvases on which he went to work with a flame-thrower, are also represented in the Brussels exhibition. As fire is an intangible phenomenon that is too diffuse to be captured, Klein’s use of fire reflects his aspiration to express the immaterial through art. Visitors will also be able to discover his sponge works and planetary reliefs.

The works on show are complemented by rarely seen films and photographs, which show how Klein shaped his own image via personal photographs and advertising material that show him as an artist, a visionary, a judoka, and in many more guises. A work that he created at the age of nineteen epitomises Klein’s grandiose imagination, the artist claiming the infinite blue sky as his own work of art by symbolically signing it with his finger.

BOZAR – Yves Klein – Theatre of the World – 29.03.2017 – 20.08.2017

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Leuven – Entre nous quelque chose se passe… – 17.03.2017-09.07.2017 – 4776

Abstract or figurative, ambiguous meanings, references to interpersonal relationships: an artwork can evoke tension in a variety of ways. This exhibition explores these tensions in works by David Claerbout, Patrick Corillon, Guy Mees, Philippe Van Snick, Walter Swennen, and others. All the works are on long-term loan from Cera to the M Collection.

Entre nous quelque chose se passe… is a metaphor for exhibiting or collecting art. What happens when you bring together various artworks from a collection in the same space? At the same time, the title refers to a video work by Ria Pacquée, which is also part of the exhibition. The video documents the behaviour of people in a park in Paris. The result is a portrait of anonymous passers-by who attentively perform repetitive movements. Unconsciously, our behaviour as viewers mirrors their own.

Featuring work by Jacques Charlier, David Claerbout, Patrick Corillon, Lili Dujourie, Christoph Fink, Guy Mees, Ria Pacquée, Walter Swennen, Philippe Van Snick, and Jan Vercruysse.

This exhibition is a collaboration between M and the Faculty of Law, KU Leuven, with the support of Cera.

Museum M – Entre nous quelque chose se passe… – 17.03.2017-09.07.2017

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Gent – ROOTED. Painting Flanders – 15.03.2017-06.08.2017 – 4774

The nineteenth century sees Belgium become one of the leading industrial nations in the world. Farmers become factory workers, deserting the countryside for the city to live in cramped and stinking slums beneath towering mill chimneys that belch smoke day and night. Small wonder that growing nostalgia for a lost pastoral age causes artists like Emile Claus, Gustave Van de Woestyne, George Minne and Valerius De Saedeleer to abandon the stench of Ghent and breathe the purer air of the Leie area.

Here they find echoes of the lost idyll. Whether consciously or not, each seeks his roots in his own way. One finds them in ripening cornfields, another in the Bruegelian poetry of a winter landscape or a peasant’s ruddy face. Glimmering through their paintings, sculptures and drawings is a kind of collective essence of what Flanders is. A monumental, uncomplicated, and often almost spiritual ode to the region and those whose lives are bound to it.

But the Leie is not the only place where people are painting. In fashionable Ostend, James Ensor alternates between authentic fisherfolk and fantastical burlesque, for absurd humour is typically Flemish too. And as the nineteenth century turns into the twentieth, Léon Spilliaert finds himself lost in a world of accelerating change. While the war has yet to begin.

The First World War marks a dramatic watershed. Exile abroad gives artists like Gust De Smet, Frits Van den Berghe, Constant Permeke and Edgard Tytgat a sense of what is happening on the international art scene. They too take inspiration from the lives and pastimes of ordinary people and reflect what they see in  images of café interiors, fairs, circuses and the music hall. They commit their own emotions to their works of art, creating an intensely personal view of the world at that time.

Caermersklooster – ROOTED. Painting Flanders – 15.03.2017 – 06.08.2017

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Brussels – Pol Bury – Time in motion – 23.02.2017-04.06.2017 – 4773

Pol Bury – Time in motion

The Belgian artist Pol Bury (1922-2005) is one of the founders of kinetic art. After his beginnings in painting, marked by the influence of Magritte, and time spent with other members of Jeune Peinture belge and CoBrA, he decided to follow a new path. His fascination for the art of Alexander Calder resulted in him turning towards sculpture and incorporating motion in his work. Thanks to his deeply personal work, which is both a successor of surrealism and bursting with innovation, he made a name for himself in the Paris and New York art scenes, thus obtaining international recognition.

This retrospective is an opportunity to discover Bury’s vast and diverse oeuvre. Paintings, sculptures, mobile works, fountains, jewellery, graphic and written creations are all on display in the biggest exhibition Belgium has dedicated to this major artist in twenty years.

Artistic advisor: Gilles Marquenie

BOZAR – Pol Bury – Time in motion – 23.02.2017-04.06.2017

Tongeren – Timeless Beauty – 17.12.2016-30.06.2017 – 4772

This exhibition signals a departure from what you usually expect from the Gallo-Roman Museum. An evocative interplay of authentic objects, intriguing texts by Roman authors and sensual images by the art photographer Marc Lagrange, leading you deeper into the mysteries of feminine beauty.

How did women use make-up two thousand years ago? What kind of jewellery did they wear? What kind of items would a Roman beauty case contain? Practical implements and educational films provide an insight into how women in ancient Rome made themselves beautiful and pampered themselves.
Contemporary women also talk about their perceptions of their bodies.

Timeless Beauty: prepare yourself for a timelessly beautiful exhibition.

Gallo-Romeins Museum – Timeless Beauty – 17.12.2016-30.06.2017

Antwerpen – Alec Soth – Gathered Leaves -17.02.2017-04.06.2017 – 4770


Alec Soth – Gathered Leaves

FOMU is bringing the work of renowned Magnum photographer Alec Soth (US, °1969) to Belgium for the first time with the exhibition Gathered Leaves. This retrospective draws from four critical series from his oeuvre: Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), Niagara (2006), Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2014).

Alec Soth is known for his lyrical approach to documentary photography. His work is based on a fascination with the vastness of America, recalling Robert Frank, Stephen Shore and Jack Kerouac.
“Our vision of America is so shaped by television and movies. All we see are Hollywood starlets and New York cops. We sometimes forget that there are whole other lives being lived in the middle of America. And some of these lives are really inspiring.”
(Alec Soth, email interview with Aaron Schuman, 2 August 2004)

Alec Soth lives in Minnesota and is an artist, photo journalist, blogger, publisher, Instagrammer and teacher. His boundless energy and distinguished position in the international art world makes him a major influence on the younger generation of visual artists. FOMU’s presentation of his work depicts the evolution of his career and shows how important the role of the photobook was to his success.
Gathered Leaves is an exhibition by Media Space / Science Museum, London.
Curator: Kate Bush

FOMU – Alec Soth – Gathered Leaves -17.02.2017 – 04.06.2017