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Alevtina Kakhidze, Thinking Visually, Muhka Antwerpen

Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens, Part I: Thinking VisuallyM HKA, Antwerpen

28 April 2017 – 25 June 2017

Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens forms the second part of this collaboration in which a number of dialogues between works from the two collections will be resumed. The urgency is to be found, not only at the level of the content, but also in a practice – the dialogic – which is symmetrical in its nature.
At first sight, Athens and Antwerp are extremes in today’s Europe. In any case, both cities have each in their own way contributed to Europe’s cultural fabric. The major lines of our social organisation stem from Athens, as well our idea of art. As for Antwerp, it is one of the key cities of the early modern era, a centre of research and thought, the city where Utopia was written and the first art market was created.
Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens is built from the bottom up. A work of an artist from Belgium and a Greek artist’s work are linked. Starting from here, a subject arises. This theme will be further tested and enriched by adding a third work, creating thematic clusters – each time featuring three artists. The concept embodies the belief that art works can constantly raise new insights and thus encourage the dialogue that forms the social basis for our societal thinking.

#1 Thinking Visually
The notion of visual thinking was strongly apparent in the works of Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Alevtina Kakhidze and Bia Davou.

Thinking can also take place in visual registers; complex ideas, emotions and situations can be expressed clearly and holistically by visual means combining primordial pre-linguistic reasoning and sophisticated media literacy. The primacy of codification into signs and symbols has been reversed by digital media allowing for immediate creation and exchange of images. Visual art is an outcome of the mental capacity of visual thinking.
Van Kerckhoven offers her services as a ‘head-nurse’; she believes visual art – as a form of thinking – may have a healing role in a world grounded in images. Kakhidze likewise takes drawing as a primary mode of thinking. Here, it is the backdrop for samples – selected by the EMST staff – of the three types of ‘news’ she made for the 6th Moscow Biennale (2015), were she produced every day “past news” (mainly about the war in Ukraine) “present news”, about what was happening around the biennale, and “future news”, a horizon of hope. Davou departs in an associative journey from serial structures based on mathematic sequences that transform into sails and Homeric references.

Alevtina Kakhidze


Alevtina Kakhidze
Installation, variable dimensions .
Materials: mixed media
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp.

Alevtina Kakhidze was born in eastern Ukraine. Having lived in Kiev and Muzychi (Central Ukraine) since 1995, with the exception of two years research term at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2004-2006) she declares about her multi-level culture identity; which includes parts of Ukrainian, Georgian and West European mentalities. She inherited Georgian surname from her father, and was raised within Russian culture, in its Soviet incarnation. The art practice of Kakhidze is based on personal experiences and imagination, talking about consumer culture, gender, love, culture of protest, experience of war, plants and everyday life, plants and dogs. Kakhidze has been an active and visible supporter of Maidan movements during winter 2013-2014. Information war between Ukraine and Russia, West and East, together with her multivalent personal biography, formed the complex basis of her work for Manifesta 10 Where The Wild Things Are. Last year, in the summer of 2015 Alevtina Kakhidze researched The Soviet-Finnish War, also called The Winter War, during a residency in HIAP, in order to create a link to contemporary situation in the East Ukraine with its military involvement of Russia there. In 2015 Alevtina Kakhidze also participated in the 6th Moscow Biennale.

Alevtina Kakhidze broadcasted last year a three video-channel news from VDNKh pavilion every day during the ten days of the Moscow biennial. At midday there was the Future News broadcasted, which was all about vision. In the afternoon there was the Present News, about events happening at that moment in VDNKh. The Past News in the evening was based on a text about Strawberry Andreevna, who lives in Zhdanovka, a small town to the northeast of Donetsk that has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the war in 2014.

Alevtina Kakhidze

Jacques Charlier, Between earth and heaven II, Huis De Lombard, Brugge

Jacques Charlier participe à l’exposition d’hommage rendu à Willy Van Den Bossche, fondateur dru musée d’art contemporain d’Ostende. Between earth and heaven II, a tribune to Willy Van Den Bussche. Huis de Lombard, Brugge, à l’initiative de PAK, platform votre actuelle kunst.Jusqu’au 25 juin 2017
Charlier montre pour l’occasion deux toiles produites en 2001 en préparation à Beaufort, Kunst aan Zee 2003, exposition multi-sites, également initiée par Willy Van Den Bossche.

Jacques Charlier

Jacques Charlier

Jacques Charlier, Life is beautiful, 2001

Jacques Charlier

Jacques Charlier, Welcome to Belgian Beach, 2001


Charlotte Lagro, Look at me and see what I could not (yet) see, Bonnefanten – museum, Maastricht

Gilbert De Bontridder

Gilbert De Bontridder

Charlotte Lagro et le collectif Studio Oneindigheid (Charlotte Lagro, Chaim van Luit, Joep Vossebeld), participent à l’exposition d’hommage à Gilbert De Bontridder au Bonnenfantenmuseum à Maastricht.

Look at me and see what I could not (yet) see
21.04.2017 – 24.09.2017

Gilbert De Bontridder through the eyes of: Sara Bachour & Joep Linssen; Maarten Davidse & Simon Weins Studio Oneindigheid (Charlotte Lagro, Chaim van Luit, Joep Vossebeld) Tim Rutten & Roel Punsters and Krist Gruijthuijsen.Curators: Paula van den Bosch & Joep Vossebeld

Recently, Magda De Bontridder donated a series of works by her husband, Gilbert De Bontridder, to the Bonnefantenmuseum. In 2017, the annual Gilbert De Bontridder Award will be presented for the twentieth time, at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (MAFAD). The occasion has prompted an exhibition that focuses on the artist and on the recipients and organiser of the award.
Look at me and see what I could not (yet) see presents a concise overview of works by Gilbert De Bontridder in an unusual setting. Nine recipients of his award have adopted fragments of De Bontridder’s work and, through video and sound works, continue where his oeuvre prematurely left off twenty years ago.
The starting point for this collaboration is collage, which forms a central theme in De Bontridder’s work. The artists studied his paintings and writings in depth and found valuable details and shortcomings, or came up against unexpected similarities with their own work. The exhibition is the result of this process of adoption, and in its totality can also be seen as a collage: Cutting, sticking, ruminating and reanimating.
The painter Gilbert De Bontridder (1944 Sint-Genesius-Rode – 1996 Maastricht), who was originally from Belgium, played a pivotal role in the Maastricht art scene, following his appointment as a teacher at the Academies of Fine Art Maastricht, in 1985. On his death in 1996, Gilbert De Bontridder left behind an oeuvre of paintings and collages, some monumental works in Maastricht and its vicinity, and a series of publications and writings on painting. Since 1997, the MAFAD has been presenting the annual Gilbert De Bontridder Award to a graduate whose work operates on the borderline between practice and theory.

Art Brussels, les images (2)

Art Brussels

Art Brussels

Suchan Kinoshita

Suchan Kinoshita
Couple, 2009
Technique mixte, 54 x 13 x 11 cm, 200 x 13 x 5 cm

Alevtina Kakhidze

Alevtina Kahkidze
Her garden, mixed media, 2017

Art Brussels 2017, les images (1)

Art Brussels

Art Brussels

Art Brussels

Olivier Foulon
Sans titre (The [Absent] Museum /Le Musée [Absent] / Het [Afwezige] Museum), 2017
Copies laser marouflées sur toile, 80 x 100 cm

Art Brussels

Jacqueline Mesmaeker
Yang Tse Kiang, 2017
Collage sur papier, 43 x 21 cm

art Brussels

Walter Swennen
Remake I.M.M.Zimmer, 1987
Huile, laque et pastel sur toile, 60 x 58 cm

Art Brussels

Art Brussels

John Murphy Abstinence from the Image: An anatomy of …emptiness, 2006 Photographic print 186 x 231 cm

Art Brussels, revue de presse (2)

Lu dans le Soir du vendredi 21 avril

Le Soir

Olivier Foulon, Le Musée Absent, Wiels, Bruxelles

Olivier Foulon et Walter Swennen participent à l’exposition Le Musée Absent, organisée à l’occasion du 10e anniversaire du Wiels
Du 20 avril au 13 août.

Marcel Broodthaers

Marcel Broodthaers, Museum enfants non admis, 1968. Copyright Estate Marcel Broodthaers

À propos de cette exposition

Le musée absent
Préfiguration d’un musée d’art contemporain pour la capitale de l’Europe

Pour marquer son 10e anniversaire WIELS a initié une exposition de grande envergure, qui aura lieu non seulement dans le bâtiment Blomme, mais aussi dans deux bâtiments voisins, patrimoine historique de l’ancienne brasserie Wielemans.

Le titre Le musée absent, est un clin d’œil à l’influence déterminante que le symbolisme, avec son engouement pour le mystérieux et le mystique, exerce toujours sur le modernisme. WIELS n’a pas le statut de musée mais est familièrement désigné comme le ‘musée WIELS’, signe de reconnaissance qui traduit également les attentes avec lesquelles le public perçoit l’institution, suggérant simultanément un fonctionnement muséal. Anticipant la création d’une telle institution à Bruxelles, WIELS élabore une simulation temporaire, une proposition de projet, une préfiguration d’un futur musée d’art contemporain pour la capitale européenne.

Le Kunstenfestivaldesarts, également plate-forme et interface entre visions artistiques, théories actuelles et vastes débats sociaux, est le partenaire évident pour le développement commun des contours d’un potentiel musée d’art contemporain pour la capitale de l’Europe. Ainsi le projet continuera le trajet déjà accompli par WIELS, en ajoutant de nouveaux questionnements et en imaginant de futures évolutions. Quel rapport peut-il y avoir entre une conscience historique locale et les engagements esthétiques des artistes cosmopolites, quand ils sont confrontés aux paradoxes de la mondialité et aux turbulences de l’histoire, tout en défendant leurs sensibilités et paroles individuelles ?

Dans le constat des problématiques liées aux récentes turbulences historiques, les musées, surtout les musées d’art contemporain, qui battent pourtant aujourd’hui tous les records de popularité, sont étonnamment absents dans l’espace public et la formation de l’opinion.

Des œuvres existantes et nouvelles productions d’environ 45 artistes, contemporains et d’un passé récent, cartographient les enjeux auxquels les musées, ainsi que les sociétés qui les inspirent, font face.

Avec : Francis Alÿs, Archives de l’Ambassade Universelle, Younes Baba-Ali, Jo Baer, Monika Baer, Sammy Baloji, Guillaume Bijl, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, stanley brouwn, Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel, Marlene Dumas, Jimmie Durham, Jana Euler, Olivier Foulon, Michel François, Ellen Gallagher, Mekhitar Garabedian, Isa Genzken, Jef Geys, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Cameron Jamie, Ann Veronica Janssens, Martin Kippenberger, Goshka Macuga, Mark Manders, Lucy McKenzie, Wesley Meuris, Nástio Mosquito, Jean-Luc Moulène, Le Mur, Oscar Murillo, Otobong Nkanga, Felix Nussbaum, Willem Oorebeek, Marina Pinsky, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Gerhard Richter, Walter Swennen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Peter Wächtler, Christopher Williams, Nil Yalter.

Architecture de l’exposition WIELS : Richard Venlet

Commissariat d’exposition par Dirk Snauwaert
avec Zoë Gray, Frédérique Versaen, Caroline Dumalin & Charlotte Friling.

Catalogue sous la direction de Dirk Snauwaert et coordonné par Caroline Dumalin, publié par WIELS et le Fonds Mercator (Mercatorfonds), avec des textes par Manuel Borja-Villel, Charles Esche et Dirk Snauwaert. Conception graphique par Boy Vereecken, assisté par Antoine Begon.

Art Brussels 2017, 21 > 23 avril, Tour & Taxis, stand A22

La galerie Nadja Vilenne aura le plaisir de vous accueillir
sur son stand A22

Galerie Nadja Vilenne is pleased to welcome you at booth A22

21 – 23. 04. 2017.
Preview on 20.04.2017

Olivier FOULON
Jacqueline MESMAEKER
Benjamin MONTI

Thursday 20 April – 5 pm – 10 pm – Vernissage
Friday 21 April 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday 22 April 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday 23 April 11 am – 7 pm

Tour & Taxis
Avenue du Port 86C
BE – 1000 Brussels

Aglaia Konrad, The Brutalism Appreciation Society, HMKV, Dortmund, les images

In the mid-1950s, the architectural style known as Brutalism emerged in the United Kingdom. It is characterized by exposed concrete walls and building materials such as metal and bricks. Today it is increasingly vanishing from the urban landscape, since these buildings, most of which are not protected as historical landmarks, are gradually being demolished.

At the same time, fan groups are forming, also in the Internet. They include, for example, the Facebook group The Brutalism Appreciation Society, whose 50,000+ members work to preserve the remains of urban architecture of the 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by the activities of this group, the exhibition The Brutalism Appreciation Society is showing 21 international artists who are engaging with the Brutalist architectural style of postwar modernism as well as a selection of contributions from the eponymous Facebook group.

Aglaia Konrad

Concrete & Samples II Blockhaus
16 mm transferred to video, color, 4:3, no sound, BE, 2009,
9’50 » Image Sébastien Koeppel. Editing Aglaia Konrad, Fairuz. Colorgrading Sébastien Koeppel. Produced by Auguste Orts

Concrete & Samples I Wotruba Wien
16 mm transferred to video, color, 4:3, no sound, BE, 2009, 13’37. Image Vincent Pinckaers . Editing Aglaia Konrad & Fairuz. Colorgrading Sébastien Koeppel.
Produced by Auguste Orts

Poursuivant son exploration des formes sculpturales de l’architecture, Aglaia Konrad parvient dans ce film à saisir toute la puissance brutaliste de l’Eglise de la Sainte Trinité (1976), chef-d’œuvre expressionniste de l’artiste autrichien Fritz Wotruba (1907-1975). Guidé par son approche tectonique de la sculpture de pierre, Wotruba réalise à Vienne une construction monumentale en misant sur l’empilement et l’enchevêtrement de gigantesques blocs de béton. La caméra d’Aglaia Konrad devient le meilleur témoin d’une architecture spirituelle unifiée dans le chaos, dont l’image primitive et atemporelle renvoie aux mégalithes sacrés de Stonehenge. Concrete & Samples II Blockhaus présente l’Église Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay de Nevers, conçue par Claude Parent et Paul Virilio. Monolithique, énigmatique, elle apparaît comme un bunker en béton brut. Construite selon une idée utopique, l’espace intérieur présente deux rampes obliques qui créent une dynamique spatiale. Dernier film de la trilogie, Concrete & Samples III Carrara montre la célèbre carrière de marbre du même nom. Ce paysage toujours en évolution paraît avoir été sculpté, semble comporter des architectures temporaires et fait de nombreuses références à l’histoire de l’art.