Hantu – Comme l’herbe pousse – exhibition in Paris, 11-17 november 2020

en français With a title that refers to Deleuze and Guattari and to the importance of “thinking in the middle and thinking the middle, (…) leaving the tree-thinking with its ups and downs, its alphas and omegas, becoming a grass-thinker who grows and thinks! “, Hantu(Weber+Delsaux) present their work in ‘Comme l’herbe pousse’ on the four levels of the exhibition space 3 Rue Française. Thinking about the middle here also becomes thinking about the environment. On show are plant sculptures – seedbeds reminiscent of those used in Ancient Egypt to prove that… Read More

Jean De Groote: In de stilte van de dingen

I wrote a short text for this publication on the work of the Belgian artist Jean De Groote with whom I made a show in 1990. The title can be translated as In the quiet of things. Jean De Groote is a Belgian artist (° 1955) who creates works from a status of isolation and deep contemplation. They tell the story of an artist who seeks silence. Almost a hermit, searching for the essence of things after they have gained their value over time here on earth and thus earned a place… Read More

Sunday END: BOLERO in Genk, Belgium

Today Sunday’s END brings the BOLERO-project back to its country of origin and the city of Genk. In 2012 it was part of the parallel projects of Manifesta 9 and was shown in the TVL café/library. For that occasion five more artists joined: Mulugeta Gebrikan, Gudny Rosa Ingimarsdottir, Maryam Najd, Aimé Ntakiyika and Jakub Rehak. You can find their contributions here.

Loving Care – last week

Loving Care, the exhibition that I curated at distance with Pierre Mertens at Blikfabriek, is at its last week. You can still visit it until Sunday 25 October. Showing 12 large format (2 x 11.5m) paintings portraying children with untreated hydrocephalus, Pierre Mertens as an artist-activist, wants to draw attention to a global health problem that affects about 1 million children every year. The quality of the paintings both lies in their boldness as the delicateness with which Mertens treats his subjects, paying special attention to the depiction of fabrics and other details… Read More

Sunday END: BOLERO in Beijing

This Sunday’s END brings the BOLERO-project to China where it was shown in 2012 at Gallery RIVELLI 798, Chaoyang Dst in Beijing. On this occasion five artists joined the ranks: the Congolese Dolet Malalu and Mega Mingiedi, as well as the Chinese Feng JianHua, Jin Zhang and Nie Ming. Find their contributions here.

Loving Care – Pierre Mertens at Blikfabriek until 25 October

The exhibition Loving Care shows 12 large format (2 x 11.5m) paintings portraying children with untreated hydrocephalus. With this series Pierre Mertens as an artist-activist, wants to draw attention to a global health problem that affects about 1 million children every year. The quality of the paintings both lies in their boldness as the delicateness with which Mertens treats his subjects, paying special attention to the depiction of fabrics and other details to underline the loving care that these children get and deserve. The exhibition, curated by Pierre Mertens and Edith Doove,… Read More

Sunday END: BOLERO in Dortmund

For this Sunday’s issue of Empirical Nonsense Daily, the BOLERO project returns to Europe when it was shown in Galerie Voss in Dortmund. For that occassion the artists Horst LINN, Jobst TILMANN and Elly VALK-VERHEIJEN joined. See their contributions here.

Leonardo Reviews: Curating as Ethics

In this month’s issue of Leonardo Reviews I discuss Curating as Ethics by Jean-Paul Martinon. In an attempt to define these ethics, Martinon introduces the act of ‘curating philosophy’ which I think would possibly have been a better title for his book. Find the full review here.

Sunday END: BOLERO in Bangalore (India)

Today’s issue of Empirical Nonsense Daily (END) reports about BOLERO’s visit to Bangalore in 2011. There it was shown at 1 Shantiroad studio/gallery while artists Siddharta DAS & Catherine MACLEAN, Sofie HAESAERTS, Suresh JAYARAM, Ravi SHAH, Uday SHANBAG and Chinnan VINOD. Uday SHANBAG and Sofie HAESAERTS curated the project on this occassion. Find their contributions here.  

Sunday END: BOLERO in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

In this Sunday’s Empirical Nonsense Daily (END) we revisit another halting place of the BOLERO-project in 2010: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where it was shown in Zero Station, A House for Creativity. The invitation showed as usual the front page of a newspaper from the country it had visited just before, in this case the South African Rapport. To the growing group of participants were added Truong Cong Tung, Nguyen Thanh Truc and Vo Thi Tran Chau. Find their contributions here.