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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

Daniel Buren: A Fresco
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM  •  BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts  •  19 February - 22 May 2016
 
 

The exhibition Daniel Buren: A Fresco responds the question: “How can you exhibit works of art which are connected to the place in which they were created, anywhere in the world?”. Since the 1960s the French artist Daniel Buren (°1938) has been developing an oeuvre characterised by the motif of 8,7 cm wide vertical white and coloured stripes in private homes, museums and public space. For his exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts, Daniel Buren created a specific intervention in which his work enters into dialogue with that by artists who have inspired him. A new work in the form of a film offers a complete panorama of the artist’s temporary and permanent installations. In combination with the exhibited works, the film summarises the essence of Buren’s quest for beauty: a Fresco.

Artists: Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, Jackson Pollock, Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Sol LeWitt,… & Daniel Buren



Palais des Beaux-Arts Website


Contact:

Palais des Beaux-Arts
Brussels
Belgium

 


Tel: (32) 2 507 82 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Patrick Demarchelier: <EM>Caroline Trentini</EM>&nbsp;
Patrick Demarchelier: Caroline Trentini 
Patrick Demarchelier: Desire
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM  •  A Galerie - Bruxelles  •  12 March - 15 May 2016
 

Parisian gallerist Arnaud Adida presents Desire, an exhibition by Patrick Demarchelier to visitors in Brussels, after being on view in Paris last winter.

Patrick Demarchelier (born 1943 in Le Havre) is a French fashion and advertising photographer. He is most famous for his  contemporary fashion photography works. He has shot international ad campaigns for famous fashion houses such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Chanel, Armani, Lancôme, Guerlain, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacoste, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

Demarchelier has taken pictures of the most beautiful models of the world, among them Kate Moss, Nadja Auermann and Christy Turlington. During his photography sessions he always waits for the moment when the model forgets the presence of the camera.



A Galerie - Bruxelles Website


Contact: A Galerie - Bruxelles
Rue du Page 25
1050 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: (33) 6 20 85 85 85



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