The museum as subject and object
The compressed exhibition is a collection of a hundred different ‘cabinets of wonder' - an exhibition within an exhibition - which, to scale, consists of many more virtual square metres than the Kunsthal actually has. In artist Wesley Meuris' exhibition design, the visitor experiences first and foremost the most important objective of every museum: the collection and the revelation of art, by presenting it in the space for which it was intended. With a reference to Marcel Duchamp's famous work ‘Boît-en-valise' from 1936 (a portable museum with miniaturised reproductions of his work), the exhibition launches the ultimate mini exhibitions in every room, with only a single curator, the artist him/herself.
‘Museum to Scale 1/7' is an initiative by Belgian gallery owner Ronny Van de Velde. Van de Velde invited more than a hundred Belgian artists to display their work in miniature rooms of1.00 x 0.65 x 0.60 metres, to a scale of 1/7. In addition to a number of thematic rooms, including rooms about symbolism, surrealism, photography, the Cobra movement and avant garde, contemporary artists have each created their own room. Participating artists are Jan Fabre, Koen Vanmechelen, Jan de Cock,Luc Tuymans, Ann Veronica Janssens, Peter de Cupere, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven,Panamarenko and many others. ‘Museum to Scale 1/7' is a rich encounter with Belgian art, which excites the imagination and senses.
100 Belgian artists
Alongside more classical museum presentations, the exhibition offers an interesting playing field for the artists. Thanks to the enormous diversity ofworks - from paintings to sculptures to installations - the space for art in these miniature rooms is stretched both literally and figuratively. For example, Jan Fabre has a legmade of brains coming straight through the roof and the walls of his museum room, while Peter de Cupere's miniature fragrance laboratory really smells of oils, and Philip de Gobert composes in his exhibition room his own architectonic space of another imaginary museum. The large collection of small original works makes the visitor think about the role of scale and size in art, about the distance between idea and execution, and about the changing status and presentation of works of art.
The interactive website of Museum to Scale is part of the exhibition, by means of which visitors can share their favourite museum.
Artists ‘Museum to Scale 1/7'
Pierre Alechinsky, Ruben Bellinckx, Pascal Bernier, Fred Bervoets, Guillaume Bijl, Bram Bogart, Elke Andreas Boon, Karin Borghouts, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaerts, Peter Buggenhout, Jean-Marie Bytebier, Jacques Charlier, Stijn Cole, Leo Copers, Cel Crabeels, Honore d'O, Bert Dankaert, Geoffrey De Beer,Sergio De Beukelaer, Bert de Beul, Lieven De Boeck, Jan De Cock, Peter De Cupere, Phillippe De Gobert, Damien De Lepeleire, Peter De Meyer, Willy DeSauter, Luc Deleu, Ronny Delrue, Wim Delvoye, Denmark, Robert Devriendt, Fred Eerdekens, Nick Ervinck, Jan Fabre, Filip Francis, Michel François, JJ Grandville, Ann Veronica Janssens, Kamagurka, Gideon Kiefer, Marie Jo Lafontaine, Misonne Léonard, Thomas Lerooy, Tom Liekens, Chantal Maes, Frank Maieu, Kris Martin, Xavier Mellery, Wesley Meuris, Michel Mouffe, Sofie Muller, Johan Muyle, Nadia Naveau, Hans Op de Beeck, Ria Pacquée, Panamarenko, Arne Quinze, Gert Robijns, Peter Rogiers, Guy Rombouts, Kelly Schacht, Kurt Stallaert, Helmut Stallaerts, Boy en Eric Stappaerts, Elly Strik, Walter Swennen, Johan Tahon, Koen Theys, Ante Timmermans, Luc Tuymans, Stefaan Van Akoleyen, Walter Van Beirendonck, Guy Van Bossche, Camiel Van Breedam, Joris Van De Moortel, Rinus Van de Velde, Koen Van den Broek, Etienne Van Doorslaer, Fik Van Gestel, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Jan Van Imschoot, Benoit Van Innis, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Jan Van Oost, Tamara Van San, Hannes Van Severen, Philippe Van Snick, Els Vanden Meersch, Guy Vandenbranden, Stefan Vanfleteren, Koen Vanmechelen, Jan Vanriet, Wout Vercammen, Angel Vergara, LilianeVertessen, Andy Wauman, Cindy Wright, Dirk Zoete.
Artists in overview halls
Pierre Alechinsky, Christian Dotremont, Reinhoud D'Haese en Raoul Ubac; Arocha Carla& Stéphane Schraenen; Dan Van Severen, Etienne Van Doorslaer en MarkVerstockt; Jozef Peeters, Felix De Boeck, Paul Joostens, Jos Leonard, Victor Servranckx en René Magritte; Karin Borghouts, Felten- Massinger, Chantal Maes, Arno Roncada, Phillippe De Goberten Elke Andreas Boon; Paul Van Hoeydonck en Mark Verstockt; René Magritte, Marcel Broodthaers en Panamarenko; René Magritte, Marcel Mariën, Leo Dohmen, Paul Magritte en Geert Van Bruane.
There will be a richly illustrated catalogue at the exhibition - available in Dutch, French and English.
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