Early in 1992, Belgian artist Kris Van Dessel presented his so-called Isolation Project in Parbleu. 28 years later it resonates eerily with our current times. I asked how the project connects with his current work in which he amongst others curates sound works online in BO>><<. Van Dessel wrote a text which you can read on the dedicated page for his exhibition here. Photos Stefan Dewickere
In autum 1992 we organised an in my view still very topical installation by the Belgian artist Johan Rottiers in collaboration with the garden architects Koen Janssens and Patrick ‘t Hooft as well as artist Georges Uittenhout. Together they considered the gallery space as a possible garden for the artist and a starting point to ask questions about the role of the artist and art in society, the role of artistic activity for the artist, the meaning of producing art, the meaning of exhibiting in a (non-commercial) space as Parbleu, the… Read More
The Project Malraux is an art initiative that resulted from the theory of art course dedicated to the Artist as Curator and Participative Art, taught by me at ESADHaR Rouen for the 4th year MA. Inspired by various participative art projects by international artists such as those by Dora Garcia, Thomas Hirschhorn, Melanie Manchot, Ernesto Neto, Lucy + Jorge Orta, or Jeanne Van Heeswijk, the students developed several participative projects as a reflection on the course to be shown at the Centre André Malraux, Rouen. Faced by the Covid-19 virus in spring… Read More
Wrote another review for Leonardo, this time on Vinciane Despret‘s Habiter en oiseau. In this weird time, listening to birds communicating with each other and the world around them is more important than ever. Read my review here.
In the on-going series of images and texts by Jean-Louis Vincendeau he proposes the story of Fevronia, inspired by “The Legend of the Invisible City by Kitezh and the Lady Fevronia”, an opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, here in a version by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Fevronia lives in the forest. Prince Vsevolod met her while getting lost on a hunting trip. Very soon he falls in love with her. Later, during the wedding festivities, we learn that the Tatars are approaching and want to attack the city of Kitezh. Thus, to salvage this… Read More
The Dutch painter Cor Knops exhibited in Parbleu from 13 February to 7 March 1992. Large scale geometrically abstract paintings were combined with smaller studies. You can find the dedicated page to his exhibition here Please note: I am trying to find photos made during this and other exhibitions I curated as most of my own material is lost – please contact me if you have anything that I could add to the archive. Thank you.
Following the interview that took place last Saturday please find the 5 performances that Hantu reconstructed in a separate video here. The title Masques en rade or Masks in the harbour alludes to the triple wordplay of the performances taken place on their boat in the harbour of Paris, of being stranded, but obviolously also of masquerade. Should you be interested in the interview, please contact me via the contact form to ask for the link. Hantu – Performance n°2 : Mask Lavandin “in the pocket”, avril 2020
On the occasion of the current online exhibition by Hantu, I will be interviewing the French duo on their work discussing amongst others the role of performance, collaboration and photography. The interview will be in French and English, interspersed with a series of mini performances by Hantu, showcasing new work. Please join us this Saturday 4 April at 5pm CET via Zoom. Contact me for the details via the contact form mentioning Hantu. Feel free to bring you own drinks 😉 Hantu, Mask to Stay in Touch, 2020
Another trip down memory lane in order to reconstruct the archive of the exhibitions I made since 1987. In autumn 1992 I invited Dutch artist Desiree Palmen to exhibit at Parbleu. She had studied at the Jan Van Eyck academy in Maastricht with Guillaume Bijl and Henk Visch and had had a first solo exhibition at Kabinett – Aachener Kunstverein in 1989. Palmen showed a combination of sculptures and large scale drawings on blackboard. The exhibition ran from 17 September until 10 October 1992. Find the dedicated page here. Please note: I… Read More
Lucky to have some very talented students who take initiative. The Confinage Galerie was set up the 16th of March, the day that obligatory confinement was announced and our art school, ESADHaR Le Havre/Rouen, closed for the unforeseeable future. Since then Lucas Cyrille and friends have organised new exhibitions every evening in the confinement of his appartment. Cyrille realises the exhibitions all himself by following the protocol that is send by artists who want to participate. The ‘vernissages’ take place every evening between 6 and 7pm via their instagram account. A beautiful… Read More