Musea Brugge Presents 'Memling Now: Hans Memling in Contemporary Art'

Monday, October 12, 2020
Musea Brugge Presents 'Memling Now: Hans Memling in Contemporary Art'

This exhibition focuses on the paintings of Hans Memling, one of the most significant painters of the Burgundian Bruges genre. His work inspired a lot of contemporary artists.

Image: Portrait of Francisco de Rojas (detail) by Hans Memling

 

This exhibition focuses on the paintings of Hans Memling, one of the most significant painters of the Burgundian Bruges genre. His work inspired a lot of contemporary artists.

He painted no less than four works for the medieval Sint-Janshospitaal, which are considered to be masterpieces amongst the artwork of the Flemish primitives. The world-renowned Ursula Shrine is one them.

 

Portrait of Francisco de Rojas (detail) by Hans Memling

 

Hans Memling is a source of inspiration for various contemporary artists and this Bruges exhibition highlights his influences for the first time. As well as a range of works of art by Joseph Kosuth – one of the forefathers of conceptual art – there will also be works on display by African-American painter Kehinde Wiley (who painted an official portrait of Barack Obama). The exhibition also includes work by the Iranian painter Aydin Aghdashloo. Belgian artist David Claerbout and the Syrian-American Diana Al-Hadid will be creating a new work for this project.

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