– Forever & beyond, a tale about drawings
Opening: Saturday 20.05.2017, 17 – 21.
Exhibition: 20.05 – 02.07.2017
with Jan Fabre, Koen Theys, Wim Delvoye, Guillaume Bijl, Georg Baselitz and Javier Pérez
The gallery is pleased to present you our new exhibition. ‘Forever & Beyond, about design’ is a group exhibition that reads as a story about what drawing of a drawing means for the different artists. A selection of Belgian and international artists who show historical and / or new work.
From Jan Fabre we show a rare work from 1983, consisting of 14 poetry drawings, ‘Gita, as blue is’. It is the reading of the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu religious script. Led by Jan Fabre, his drawings are not studies, but erected working hours that do inaugurate a new period in his work. ‘Gita’ is a key work for his blue works, it is made with blue watercolor and conveys the spiritual experience of the book to the viewer.
Guillaume Bijl shows 8 architects, never-before-seen designs and preliminary studies for installations by the artist. The 3 original design sketches for ‘Hundesalon Bobby’, made for the last Manifesta in Zurich, a design sketch with technical drawing for his ‘Archaeological Site’ for Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007. It is only a few of the possibilities for a situation installation to be able to discover Guillaume Bijl from the beginning. A unique insight into the beautiful poetic naivety that results in an extremely perfectionist new reality.
Koen Theys will show flowers again for the first time. At Koen Theys, drawings and work are placed somewhere between study and independent work. The script and watercolor drawings that are shown are designs for video installations like his last: ‘Serial Drummer Girls’, but also for projects in progress, such as ‘The Kalinka Carousel’ in Russia and ‘My Dragon Brother’ in China. The most endearing work of the exhibition is probably the small work ‘La Liberté prende une pause’ by Koen Theys from 2014. The well-known French symbol of freedom, the woman with a banner is resting and bending down. A high-profile drawing in the current political and social landscape can cover many loads. Countries and citizens look for their identity in times of uncertainty.
The Spanish artist Javier Pérez shows for the first time in our gallery and is the harbinger of a new collaboration that we enter into with this established artist. Since recently, Pérez has been working on a new series of drawings that can be included in various foreign exhibitions. ‘LAPSUS’ is an O.I. ink work on paper, difficult to call it a drawing. It makes a spiritual experience of 7 hours non stop to make the same movement, the outcome is an unplanned result, a mistake (lapse) possibly.
Georg Baselitz shows a new way of looking, a new vision. The 3 drawings that were made in reverse date from 1978, 1981 and 1982 and are among the most important period in the life of this legendary artist. The reverse drawing attracts the attention of the viewer and forces him to look differently literally. The topics become secondary to the expression and style that Baselitz considers.
The two works / studies of Wim Delvoye can now be called historical and are reed part of our Belgian art history. His two most appealing projects are explained here. One ‘Study for Cloaca # 148’, for his eponymous cloacamachine and one ‘Tattoo Drawing: Beyond – Forever’, a study for a later tattoo drawing made on pigs. It shows the artist’s imagination and virtuosity, but he also gave everything too unique and original in the contemporary art scene. This by removing things from the taboo and looking for the complete confrontation with the viewer and his embarrassing situations.