For our last publication in Empirical Nonsense Daily of this week, we present two other recent projects. Apart from BOLERO 2021 that’s still on show until 10 April in the Centre André-Malraux and in the streets of Rouen, we organized Loving Care with the large-scale paintings of Pierre Mertens in De Blikfabriek in Antwerp last September-October. And end of January there was the group show Troupe/Troep at ChezKit. Find the page dedicated to these two projects here.
In the Sunday issues of END we continue showing work by the artists selected for the 10th anniversary issue that will take place in Rouen, spring 2021, beginning with the founders of the project. After Frank JMA Casteleyns and Willo Gonnissen, today the page shows a specific series of Pierre Mertens. In this series he responds since 5 May 2014 to the world news on social media with one drawing per day. We present a selection of drawings for the year 2020 here and below. Follow his complete daily quotes on his facebook , twitter and/or linkedin… Read More
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
The exhibition Loving Care showed 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
For those that cannot physically attend tomorrow’s opening conversation for Loving Care between Prof.Dr. Dirk De Wachter and artist Pierre Mertens, you can now also follow it online. Child-Help vzw that was set up by Pierre Mertens and of which Dirk De Wachter is the godfather, organizes the talk as a first in a series of six. You can register for following it online via their eventbrite-link. Please note that the talk and this link are in Dutch. Find more info on the exhibition here.
A small reminder that this Sunday 27 September the exhibition Loving Care – 12 portraits of children will open at Blikfabriek, Antwerpen with a conversation between Prof. Dr. Dirk De Wachter and Pierre Mertens on the art of care. You can attend this conversation live by booking a ticket via this eventbrite-link. Doors will be open from 1.30pm, the conversation starts at 2pm. The exhibition runs until Sunday 28 October and is freely accessible from Thursday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm at Blikfabriek, Antwerp Krugerstraat 208-270 2660 Antwerp https://blikfabriek.be/ For more… Read More
I’m very happy to announce that I will be curating the show Loving Care – 12 portraits of children by Pierre Mertens at Blikfabriek, Antwerp, opening Sunday 27 September. The exhibition The story why visual artist Pierre Mertens (Antwerp °1953) is obsessed with the tension between the masses and the individual, immediately touches you. The short life of his daughter Liesje (1978-1989) brought him from painting to global activism. Through a series of medical blunders, he focused from the early eighties onwards on raising awareness about the complex and uncertain conditions of… Read More
Apart from being an artist, Pierre Mertens also is a global ambassador for the ilnesses Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus. Saturday 29th August at 2pm CEST the Spina Bifida Foundation (India) and The International Federation for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalu organise an interview by Dr. Santosh Kamarkar with him. If you want to attend this interview you need to register via this link – http://www.vamawebinar.com/SpinaBifida/ In the meantime Pierre and Bureau Doove are prepairing a project for the Blikfabriek in Antwerp. More news to follow soon. Featured image: Pierre Mertens, Portrait of a… Read More
Bureau Doove is extremely happy to welcome Belgian artist Pierre Mertens as one of its affiliated artists. Pierre Mertens is a contextual artist who combines art and activism in his activities as an artist, psychotherapist and development partner, a combination which relates strongly to Bureau Doove’s attention to care. Strongly affected by the short life of his daughter Liesje (1978-1989), who suffered from hydrocephalus and spina bifida, Mertens has developed an extraordinary oeuvre since the late eighties in which he’s obsessed by the tension between the masses and the individual. His work… Read More