Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium Present 'Be Modern: From Klee to Tuymans'

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium Present 'Be Modern: From Klee to Tuymans'

The exhibition BE MODERN focuses on the RMFAB's collection of modern and contemporary art, gathering renowned Belgian and international artists. A selection of 150 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations and moving images depicts the modern history of visual arts.

Image: Francis Bacon; "The Pope with the Owls" (1958; Oil on canvas) — © RMFAB, Brussels / photo: J. Geleyns

 

The choice is as varied and rich as the collection itself and offers a chronological overview. Freedom and experimentation are the common thread running through the exhibition presenting three main themes. The first one is the emancipation of line and colour and the evolution towards a radically abstract visual language. The second theme concerns the use of materials, the change in the relationship to the object and the perspective of conceptual art. And the last one deals with the changing relationship between man and the world in the twentieth century and its existential questions. This exhibition is visually dynamic. It sheds new light on the museum collections and invites visitors to rediscover the great names of international modernism and its Belgian representatives.

 

Image: Francis Bacon; "The Pope with the Owls" (1958; Oil on canvas) — © RMFAB, Brussels / photo: J. Geleyns

 


In Patio +2, a complementary section evokes the aesthetic upheaval caused by the American minimalist movement. This part of the exhibition benefits from the loan of three exceptional works by the artist Frank Stella (born in 1936) from a private collection. Also on show (in the Bernheim Room): Bill Viola's "Purification", an impressive video installation conceived as a diptych. [with the support of blackflag]

On level -3, the museum's recent contemporary art acquisitions are displayed, some of them for the very first time: Georges Meurant, Chéri Samba, Agnès Guillaume, Rinus van de Velde, Emmanuel Van der Auwera,...

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