Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome

The Clown Spirit

24.05.2023 - 30.06.2023

About ‘The Clown Spirit’:
Many artists have at least some affinity with the existence of the clown. The melancholic artist, the serious clown, the comical artist, the tragic clown, the idiotic artist, the subversive clown, the comforting artist, … They all have the gift to transcend life. To make their fellow humans see, feel, or think differently. The clown/artist gives tragic life a comical face, and vice versa. The artist/clown is a clone and a canvas for various symbols. In their own extremes, the artist/clowns are both modest and elated.

That contradiction forms the energy flowing through ‘The Clown Spirit’ at Belgian Gallery – an exhibition that came into existence as a direct consequence of the overflowing response of artists to the invitation to create self-portraits as a clown. ‘The Clown Spirit’ shows the ongoing series of contemporary self-portraits as a clown. It was previously exhibited at De Rossaert in Antwerp, a space owned by Ronny Van de Velde Gallery, between October 2020 and January 2021.

Participating artists: