''The End of Time'', rodolphe janssen, Brussel.
A variety of exhibitions are currently on display in Brussels, Ghent and Waregem, some of which will premiere this weekend. Below, you will find an overview of exhibitions that can also be viewed online on GalleryViewer.
Until October 24, a solo exhibition with the promising title ‘The End of Time’ s on show in rodolphe janssen. Tom Poelmans has set himself the goal of translating the famous medieval miniature art form into works on a monumental scale. At the same time, he takes into account the (pre-Renaissance) ways in which scale and perspective were shown (or rather: not shown). His works are full of symbolism and allusions. In the two by three meter work "A Dead Man's Dream" (2020), a reproduction of a miniature that he came across by chance, the artist can be seen in an animal suit at the bottom right of the painting.
Tom Poelmans, The Phantom of The Point of No Return, rodolphe janssen.
This weekend, BruthausGallery in Waregem will open the exhibition ‘PRIVAAT - What’s the meaning of private?’. In the exhibition, Leyla Aydoslu, Ben Benaouisse, Gery De Smet, Joëlle Dubois, Juan Pablo Plazas and Merlyn Paridaen reflect on the private and public spheres - and the ways in which a shift (of meaning) has taken place in recent times. These six artists invite you to see their interpretation of the concept of PRIVATE. The exhibition is accompanied by various performances, including 'PRIVATE STRIKE' (19/9) by Benaouisse, who already made a name for himself with his experimental theater and dance performances, prior to his career in the visual arts. The performance 'Private Time with Juan Pablo Plazas' is planned for October 4, a performance by the Colombian artist and anthropologist Juan Pablo Plazas, who is mainly inspired by the role of language in his sculptural installations.
Joëlle Dubois, The recipient of a different text, 2020, BruthausGallery
Barbé-Urbain shows work by no fewer than 24 artists under the title ‘Staycation’ at a temporary gallery location in Ghent. Normally, the gallery is located in a renovated space that previously served as a horse stable and garage. Barbé-Urbain mainly focuses on upcoming artists from Belgium and abroad and hopes to be as accessible as possible. In Belgium newpaper Het Nieuwblad, Oliver Barbé said: “The threshold for entering a gallery is high. That is why we open both doors when the weather allows for it. Everyone is welcome here.” The exhibition also features work by established artists. One of the most striking objects in this exhibition is perhaps the "Turbo Jet Engine Alladin" (1987) by Belgian artist Panamarenko, who passed away last year. The exhibition can be seen until September 27, both in the gallery and on GalleryViewer.
TATJANA PIETERS in Ghent currently offers two exhibitions on display. The main gallery space features ‘Voltaire’s Advice’ a solo exhibition by Hans Vandekerckhove, inspired by Voltaire's famous work "Candide". In this book, which Vandekerckhove interprets as an ecological fairytale, we see how Candide makes a world trip and encounters various disasters. His ultimate conclusion is the now famous statement “il faut cultiver notre jardin” (“we must maintain our [own] garden”). For Vandekerckhove, the work forms a starting point for a series of paintings in which nature takes center stage. For example, in the form of his father's conservatory, the veranda with his mother's white chair, but also Virginia Woolf's Monks House in Kent. The personal memories that are associated with these personal places are clearly reflected in this.
Hans Vandekerckhove, Prospect Cottage 2, 2020, TATJANA PIETERS.
In the front room TATJANA PIETERS shows a presentation by Birde Vanheerswynghele. For her charcoal drawings, Vanheerswynghele draws on her personal memories and Polaroids that she made, in order to arrive at a new reality in charcoal.
Birde Vanheerswynghels, Untitled, 2020, TATJANA PIETERS.
In LMNO in Brussels you can explore the work of French artist Adrien Lucca in the exhibition ‘la lumière est invisible’ ('the light is invisible’). Lucca examines, for example, how our perception of colour is determined by invisible mechanisms in light. "Using physics and colour management, I follow a methodology in which the interaction between colours and light is key." This combination of light, colour and science comes to the fore in interesting ways in the work of Lucca, who also teaches the subject of colour at the École nationale supérieure des Arts visuels in La Cambre.
Adrien Lucca, Blue-many 1, 2020, LMNO.
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