Archive – Jean De Groote in Parbleu

In November 1990, almost at the beginning of his career, Jean De Groote exhibited at Parbleu his project “Chair in Time II – No Observer – No Object”. The first part had been shown in the Triennial for Contemporary Art ‘Van Stof tot Asse’, organised by Jan De Smedt. Just as in the first part a chair played a central part, but it could have been any other object. It was a way to explore spatiality and representation. As I wrote at the time: Observation keeps fascinating De Groote. Observation is not… Read More

Archive – Kris Van Dessel at Parbleu

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

Archive – Cor Knops at Parbleu

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.

Archive – Nicoline van Stapele at Parbleu

In spring 1992 I invited the Dutch artist Nicoline van Stapele, living in Gent, to show in Parbleu, Antwerp. Her show partly coincided with a show at the Galery ‘VUB in Brussels so we made a combined invite. Asked if she could say something about the show 28 years later the artist sent the following text: The works shown here are made in black sheets of rubber that are attached to the wall with nails, as you would do with a coat on a rack. As if you would want to get… Read More

SPOT #2 – Point of Interest

The exhibition Point of Interest, organsied by Agathe Schneider on invitation by Tristan Abarnou, was meant to last ten days, but due to the current crisis it had to close almost immediately after the opening on Wednesday 11 March. Now it miraculously resurfaces in a digital form where it can last a lot longer. Eight artists, current and former students of ESADHaR, developed this exhibition for the Lavoisier building of the university campus of Mont-Saint-Aignan, Rouen. The result was an ephemeral take on a very specific space with a lot of passage and… Read More

Kerminy – newsletter

Kerminy is an independently-funded residency, situated in Rosporden, in the west of France, between Quimper, Concarneau and Pont Aven (South-Finistère Sud). It has reopened for the year 2022 since 1 April. Find the latest newsletter here. And note down the planned artistic encounters for this year: FLUXON – Meeting for lute and landscape music from 4 to 17 July PANDORHACK‘s summer university of the forest from 1 to 28 August Kerminy – Poulpidou art centre, December 2020 To stay updated, sign up for their newsletters in English or French here. Set up… Read More

Alexandra Dementieva – news

Alexandra Dementieva is taking part in two group shows and is guest editor of the magazine Dannie.r. She also curates RusClub, a on-going programme of Russian movies. Still from Twin Depths – installation on 7 monitors – on the unsuccessful try-out to return back into water performed during 7 consecutive days The ID. ART:TECH EXHIBITION, first shown last year at Ca’ Foscari Zattere Cultural Flow Zone in Venice, explores ID as a phenomenon with a wide scatter of meanings – from the term in psychoanalysis (id) to the document that certifies one’s identity… Read More

SPOT #1 – A.A.E. Essai 1 – Lucas Cyrille

2020 needed to start with a new iniative for which I am happy to introduce this new column for newly SPOTted talent, extraordinary exhibitions and/or specfic projects. For the first issue of SPOT I am happy to introduce the work of one of my students at ESADHaR that answers all of those categories. Under the heading A.A.E. Essai 1 (Action Art Environnement -Reinforcement office for nature and culture), Lucas Cyrille has organised his first exhibition in the space of Collectif d’en face, an artists collective here in Rouen. The original co-ordinates of the mostly found… Read More

Bureau Doove has moved…

Since 4 September Bureau Doove has moved to Rouen, France to concentrate on new exciting perspectives about which more later. In the meantime Jean-Louis Vincendeau was inspired by the move to create a short illustrated text which you can find both in the original French version as the translated one below. To be continued. Le bureau est vide, l’occupant était une occupante : on dirait bien qu’elle est partie précipitamment. Frémissement de lumière sur la pointe des pieds. Un sinologue de passage révèle la calligraphie du papier peint en équations divinatoires qui viennent… Read More

Residency #2 – Jan Willem Maris

For the second residency in Saint-Nazaire Bureau Doove is happy to invite Dutch artist Jan Willem Maris. In his paintings, photo’s, constructions and installations, Maris investigates space, both in its private and public appearances. He questions how they operate emotionally. Public squares with which he has a specific affinity, represent both freedom and security. It’s no coincidence that they play an important role in processes of change all over the world. These kinds of conflicting emotions are used in the series ‘Shelter’ for which he applied an intricately layered multidisciplinary process. The… Read More