Ostend, several locations
The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely
A raft is a means of transport, a means to save lives, a place of isolation, reflection, doubt, insight and encounter. It symbolizes a voyage with a set destination or an adventurous quest without such destination. As a symbol, a raft is susceptible to a variety of interpretations. Call it also a metaphor for the ecstasy art has to offer.
The second edition of the Ostend Triennale takes its starting point in Théodore Géricault Radeau de la Méduse (1818-1819) and Jan Fabre’s Art Is (Not) Lonely (1986). Against the panorama of the North Sea and across the fabric of the city, 73 artists share their creations. Their works are often characterized by dualism, though quiet seclusion and social involvement are equally important.
The dramaturgy of the exhibition is anchored in the concept of crossing borders. Several artists are also active in the world of film, theatre and performance. Existing work and 52 new creations are on view at more than twenty familiar or unexpected places. Furthermore, over fifteen artists will present a unique performance.
Art is a medium for communication, art demands and creates bonds. Art is lonely, and then again, it isn’t. The urge for communication and exchange finds a direct expression in performance art. The physical body is used as a raft of experiment and transition, in which the public is both witness and partner.
During the Triennale, the city of Ostend itself turns into a large, hospitable art raft. It offers its body and soul in order to look through the familiar frame, for it is precisely there that the foundation of (re)discovery lies. Art should both unsettle and enchant.
De zee vzw (non-profit organisation)
Mu.ZEE and several locations in Ostend.
For more information please contact Pieter Hens, Marketing & Press Manager Oostende,
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Florence, several locations
Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards
Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio
Forte di Belvedere
Spiritual Guards was listed as number 3 in the top 10 art exhibitions 2016, ARTRIBUNE
Spiritual Guards and its followers : Palazzo Vecchio: 254.000 visitors, Piazza della Signoria: 4.350.000 and Forte di Belvedere: 176.225 visitors
International group exhibition of modern artistry as a 'legacy' of knightly ideals.
‘The Artist/Knight’ is a tribute to the poetic figure of chivalry who gallops out of the mists of romance. The tragic-heroic warrior who falls and rises again, who conquers, rescues, defends, protects, seeks and meets expectations in the sight of his visor.
'The Artist/Knight' defines the knight as conceived in the mind, body and limbs of the contemporary artist. A number of works by modern artists (including Lovis Corinth, James Ensor and Lucio Fontana) reflect the historic embedding of the theme. Chess games, never exhibited before in Belgium, by e.g. Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Yoko Ono, embody the progressiveness of the artist/knight: the will for movement and change, the genesis of a different vision on the world.
With work by Marina Abramović, Uldus Bakhtiozina, Horia Damian, Robert Devriendt, Davide Dormino, Jan Fabre, Laurent Grasso, Phil Griffin, Oda Jaune, Kubra Khademi, Meiro Koizumi, Pere Llobera, Kris Martin, Jonathan Meese, Fabien Mérelle, Benjamin Moravec, Eleni Mylonas, Luigi Ontani, Antonis Pittas, Quiet Ensemble, Gabriel Roca, Rob Scholte, Adeela Suleman, Hannelore Van Dijck, Hans Van Houwelingen, Marko Velk, Antonello Viola, voorforvaastfanclub and Andy Wauman.
'The Artist/Knight' book by Hannibal Publishing is available from July 11
Gaasbeek Castle, Kasteelstraat 40, 1750 Lennik (Gaasbeek), +32 (0)2 531 01 30 www.kasteelvangaasbeek.be
For more information please contact Marieke Debeuckelaere, +32 (0)2 531 01 45 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely
An exhibition about the vessel and the ecstasy of art.
Find the list of artists and the performance program here.