Rik Wouters – artworks like oxygene

Femme lisant, conté crayon on paper
Tulipes, 1912, oil on canvas
Les lilas, 1913, oil on canvas
La fenêtre ouverte, oil on canvas
Femme lisant, 1913, oil on canvas

 

Rik Wouters (1882, Mechelen – 1916, Amsterdam) was a Belgian fauvist painter and sculptor. He was educated at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

Tragically this talented artist who was full of “joie de vivre” died of cancer at the tender age of 34! He left a substantial oeuvre of 170 paintings, 35 sculptures, many drawings and other artworks.

Rik Wouters is known for his colourful paintings and motives of daily life (“genre”) often showing his wife Nel. His style is called “Brabantse Fauvisme”. Besides his wonderful sculptures are very well known as his “mad virgin” of 1912 (musée d’Ixelles).

The retrospective in the Koninklijke Musea voor Schoone Kunsten in Brussels shows for the first time the most important works of the artist together.
Until 2 July. Don’t miss!

Koninklijke Musea voor Schoone Kunsten
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be/en/exhibitions/rik-wouters

 

Pol Bury (1922 – 2005) : “Un point c’est tout”

  Ein belgisches Allround-Genie.

Der erste Saal der neuen Übersichts-Ausstellung in Brüssel beginnt mit der surrealistischen Phase des Künstlers und zeigt Werke, die dessen Passion für das Mysterieuse zeigen. Danach verfolgt man den Werdegang und die Entwicklungsstufen von Bury: sein Faible für Cobra (48 – 51), für die abstrakte Kunst (52), für die kinetsche Kunst (55) als dessen Pionier er gilt. Seine Werke bewegen mit und ohne Motor.

Schnell wird klar: Bury war ein Allround-Genie : Gemälde, Skulpuren, Fontainen, Publikationen… Selbst Schmuckkreationen gehörten zu seinem Repertoire. Auch hier bleibt er dem Thema Bewegung treu: sie bleiben in Bewegung durch die Menschen, die sie tragen.

Gezeigt wird auch eine Kostprobe seiner vielen Fontänen, die ab dem Ende der 70er Jahre entstanden: ein Prachtexemplar erwartet den Besucher am Ende der Ausstellung.

 

Paul Bury – time in motion
23.02. – 04.06.
Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussel

www.bozar.be

Affordable Art Fair – art for everybody

IMG_5359Affordable Art Fair Brussels

Almost 100 Belgian and international galleries present at the wonderful site of Tour and Taxis in Brussels their affordable artworks from 17 – 20 February.

With prices from 60 to 6000 €, this art fair confirms its intention to put art within the reach of all budgets. Friendly atmosphere and a lively mix of people of all ages and backgrounds!

First launched in London in 1999, the Affordable Art Fairs now take place in many cities like New York, IMG_5394Amsterdam, Hamburg.

Hwang, Seon-Tae: „Room with light“

Location:
Tour & Taxis
Havenlaan 86c
1000 Brussels

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Virginia Benedicto

Derek Pantlin

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Sven’t Jolle: Humor macht die Kritik

Sven’t Jolle zeigt eben in Brüssel eine Übersichtsausstellung mit einer Vielzahl seiner Werke, vor allem Zeichnungen und Installationen. Mit seinen Arbeiten kritisiert er Bankenkrise, Sparmassnahmen wie Abbau des Gesundheitssystems, die Flüchtlingspolitik und anderes. Das Besondere dabei: sein Humor.

So sitzt Dagobert, als Zeichen für den Kaptialismus, nicht mehr fest im Sattel, sondern balanciert wie ein begossener Pudel auf einem Balken. Er musste deutlich Federn lassen. Da ist der amerikanische Traum mit einem Basketballkorb an einer verrosteten Stange dargestellt, der Unternehmergeist wird von einem Affen unter Beweis gestellt und ein Weihnachtsbaum wird in einer mikrigen Version aufgestellt, so dass man fast Mitleid bekommt.

Der in Antwerpen geborene Künstler (1966) lebt in Melbourne, Australien.

Ein Besuch macht Freude!

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WIELS
Av Van Volxemlaan 354
1190 Brussel

www.wiels.org

Modernité/Moderniteit à la belge

moderniteitThe exhibition "Modernity a la belge" retraces Belgian art over more than a century through paintings, drawings and sculptures from the modern art collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium as well as some invited major art works. You will be fascinated to see how Marcel Broodthaers used eggshells and shells for artworks, you will understand why Constantin Meunier from Etterbeek focussed on the dark side of life of the working class, you will find a wonderful still life of James Ensor, and of course many other artists like Magritte, Rik Wouters and Luc Tuymans who lives in Antwerp. You will certainly also be impressed by different paintings of Brusselmans.

Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
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Dialog mit Licht

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Walter Leblanc und Jef Verheyen sind zwei früh verstorbene belgische Künstler derselben Generation. Im Museum von Elsene in Brüssel sind derzeit zahlreiche Werke beider Künstler im Dialog miteinander ausgestellt. Auf ihrer Suche nach der abstrakten Bildsprache fanden sie ähnliche aber auch unterschiedliche Lösungen. Genauer gesagt ging es beiden darum, mit Licht Effekte zu erzeugen. Le Blanc baute dabei auf das Relief, Verheyen mehr auf den Raum.

www.museumvanelsene.be

 

Best of Guggenheim collection now in Brussels

The exhibition „Guggenheim Full Abstraction“ traces the origins and developmguggenheiment of Abstract Art on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1940s to 1960s, through masterpieces from two museums founded by the American collectors Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861 – 1949) and his niece Peggy Guggenheim (1898–1979).

The exhibition focusses on questions like why abstract expressionism arose, the relationship between this style and surrealism and how it spread in the United States and Europe.  It also reveals the story of the two famous collectors and shows a video mainly of the life of Peggy.

Afterwards one will understand what a very special and honest person Peggy Guggenheim was! She dedicated her life to art by collecting art and supporting many artists in Europe and the US. She even became a driving force in the rise of the abstract expressionism in the US where she opened in 1942 in New York the „Art of This Century Gallery„. The gallery exhibited important works by established European artists with an emphasis on surrealism and also exhibited the works of  American artists. Among the artists were Hans Arp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometto, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Ed Reinhardt, Hans Hofmann. Since 1947 her collection can be seen in her museum in Venice.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York opened in 1959.

In Brussels the ten exhibit halls with different topics show masterpieces of the Guggenheims: In the beginning you see the suitcase of Marcel Duchamp where he put some 60 miniatures of his work.  European artists like Max Ernst, two wonderful paintings of the American artist Mark Rothko as examples of his „icons of meditation“, the typical Lucio Fontana works, Jean Dubuffet’s awesome „Propitious Moment“ as well as his known „Staircaise“ . One hall is totally dedicated to Jackson Pollock, who was heavily promoted by Peggy. Abstract Expressionist art invites artist and viewer to meet. While the artist expresses their emotions and conveys a sense of their presence in the work, the viewer’s perception is the final component in the mix. Abstract painting “confronts you”, Pollock said in 1950. Did you ever see Jackson Pollock’s black-and-white paintings in ink on paper?  (There is one side more shown in the Kunstmuseum Basel: „The figurative Pollock“). Another eye-catcher is the work of Hans Hoffmann*). Even if his work is „full abstraction“ you may feel that this artist was inspired by nature.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet them all!

*)Born 1880 in Weißenburg, Germany, he not only became a famous artist; he also was a brillant teacher of art and founded an art school in 1915. In 1932 he emigrated to New York where he founded in 1934 the Hans Hofmann school of Fine Arts. Unintentional he even provoked the term „abstract expressionism“ when a critic described Hofmanns works as „splatter and daub style of painting“
(Spritzer und Schmiererei). At the moment Hans Hofmann is shown in the Kunsthalle Bielefeld.

19.10.2016 – 12.02.2017

Venue
ING Cultural Centre
Mont des Arts/Place Royale, 6
B-1000 Brussels

See also: Five things you need to know about Abstract Expressionism under: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/abstract-expressionism

Japanese art in Brussels – the back side of the sun.

taroJapan unusual and unknown: abstract paintings from Japan currently exhibited in Bozar under the title „A Feverish Era in Japanese Art – Expressionism in the 50’s and 60’s“.

These really impressive large paintings show us a completely unknown mosaic piece of Japanese art : abstract paintings. You also discover the experiments with materials like wood or coton as well as with structures like at „work 139“ (1963) by Iwata (Kyoto).

The work at the back of the exhibition reminds immediately of Jackson Pollock, but in reality „work 58“ is painted by the Japanese artist Imai (Kyoto). Nevertheless, sometimes technique like ink on paper or motifs like the big red sun in „Farewell time“ by Fudo reminds of the origin of the artists.

In the last room, a „Farbenrausch“ in red, black, yellow: „Men aflame“ by Taro Okamoto (1965) combined with works by Yamamoto or Asada.

After the war occurred a cultural exchange between Japan and the West. The French art critic Michel Tapié introduced „art informel“ paintings from the West (eg Karel Appel) to the Japanese artistic community. On the other hand the Japanese paintings were shown in Europe and the USA and had a signifincant influence on the Western artists (eg in the 60s Flux movement where the idea of the art work is central).

The Gutai Group was the first post war artistic group in Japan rejecting traditional art styles. It was founded 1954 by the Japanese painter Jiro Yoshihara in Osaka. The group which shared a gallery in Osaka, claimed freedom of expression with innovative materials and techniques. They worked together 18 years until the death of its founder Yoshihara in 1972.

until 22.01.2017, Bozar
www.bozar.be