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Andres Serrano Uncensored photographs
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM  •  Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium  •  18 March - 21 August 2016
 
 

Through his photography, Andres Serrano unveils an often disturbing reality. Relgion, death, sex or violence are omnipresent in the retrospective exhibition – the largest one ever organized. But beyond these powerful topics and past the “Piss Christ” controversy, the exhibition reveals Serrano as an attentive witness to the world and mankind. Five works which were judged as scandalous and destroyed during previous exhibitions will also be on display, thus questioning the limits of censorship.

Simultaneously, the Museums – in the streets of Brussels – presents Serrano’s brand new series “Denizens of Brussels”, striking portraits of the capital’s homeless.

Through his photography, Andres Serrano unveils an often disturbing reality. Relgion, death, sex or violence are omnipresent in the retrospective exhibition – the largest one ever organized. But beyond these powerful topics and past the “Piss Christ” controversy, the exhibition reveals Serrano as an attentive witness to the world and mankind. Five works which were judged as scandalous and destroyed during previous exhibitions will also be on display, thus questioning the limits of censorship.

Simultaneously, the Museums – in the streets of Brussels – presents Serrano’s brand new series “Denizens of Brussels”, striking portraits of the capital’s homeless.

Born in 1950 in New York, Andres Serrano studied painting and sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Although he takes photographs, the artist does not consider himself a photographer, but more a visual artist who uses photography as a medium. The work of Serrano, like that of Mapplethorpe, was at the center of cultural wars in 1989, when his photography “Piss Christ” ignited a national debate on the freedom of artistic expression and the public financing of controversial artworks.

The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the artist’s series by placing them in their historical and social context: provocation and iconoclasm, blasphemy and critical testimony of a world in dereliction, a human story of the individual in its singularity. This way, it takes us into the world and mind of the artist.

The series:

• “Immersions” and “Bodily Fluids” unveil both the pictorial – almost abstract – dimension of his work and the importance of Christian religion in it.

• The portrait, another capital and recurring dimension, is especially present through, among others, “Nomads”, “The Klan” and “America”, testimonies of a suffering humanity.

• “The Church” and “Holy Works” question his Christian faith.

• Emblematic works like “The Morgue”, “Objects of Desire” and “The Interpretation of Dreams” allow the viewer to go beyond the picture to reach the conscience of humanity itself.

• With “Cuba” and “Jerusalem”, he introduces the place as a subject in itself. Both projects significantly transformed his way of looking at things.

• Finally, with the “Residents of New York” and the “Denizens of Brussels”, the experience of the place transforms the art of the portrait by creating a work that both sadly topical and timeless.

• His latest series “Torture” closes the course.



Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium website


Contact: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
Tel: 32 (0)2 508 32 11

Rembrandt in Black and White
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM  •  Palais des Beaux-Arts  •  26 February - 29 May 2016
 

Rembrandt was one of the most important Dutch painters and draftsmen of the seventeenth century. In addition to that, he also made masterly etchings. At BOZAR you can see eighty of his original black and white etchings from one and the same art collection. Alongside portraits of beggars and common people, landscapes and nudes, he depicted scenes from daily life and the Old and New Testament. The app which was developed specially for the exhibition enables you to look at the production process and the very smallest details from a whole new perspective.

Visitors will be provided with a user-friendly tablet so that you can study the etchings in more detail.



Palais des Beaux-Arts Website


Contact: Palais des Beaux-Arts
Brussels
Belgium
Tel: (32) 2 507 82 00



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