Abstract? The nature of the painting

Abstract?

The nature of the painting

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Karel Dierickx, Eugène Leroy, Roger Raveel, Pierre Tal Coat, Bram van Velde & Maurice Wyckaert

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The exhibition Abstract? The nature of the painting at the Roger Raveelmuseum is dedicated to artists whose “abstraction” is based on the perception of  reality. It questions the construction of the pictural image, from figuration to absbstraction and vice-versa. Painting of nature becomes the nature of the painting. It is the expression of a characteristical attitude of a number of European artists who, at the end of the 1950’s and the beginning of the 1960’s – independantly from each other – developped an artistic practice in which the act of painting depends in essence from the act of looking.

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Examples of this already historical period are found in the work of Eugène Leroy (F), Roger Raveel (B), Pierre Tal-Coat (F), Bram van Velde (NL & F) and Maurice Wyckaert (B). In the case of Karel Dierickx (B), we are facing a contemporary practice that continues to reinforce an inexhaustable pictorial position.

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Karel Dierickx, Le pays de Rimbaud (1), 2011
Klik om te vergroten
(Karel Dierickx, Le pays de Rimbaud (1), 2011)
                  
Maurits Wijkaert à la Flamande 1964
(Maurice Wyckaert, A la Flamande, 1964)

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The exhibition contains a great number of paintings by these artists. None of them belongs to a movement of school. The relations within their work – although based on unexpressed affinities – are none the less real and even fundamental. The unique power of painting as a tool of visual expression is their conviction.

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The title of the exhibition – Abstract? – is based on a painting that Roger Raveel made in 1958. The question mark expresses his will to emphasize the complex relation between figuration and abstraction, both artificial categories that are never unambiguous in their meaning.

Abstract? could have been the title of a work of any artist who participates in this exhibition.

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A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibiton.

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1956, Tuin met giftige groenen
Klik om te vergroten
(Roger Raveel, Tuin met giftige groenen, 1956)
                  
(Bram van Velde, Sans titre (Montrouge) 1948,  92 x 73 cm )
(Bram van Velde, Sans titre (Montrouge), 1948)

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Practical:

Roger Raveelmuseum – Gildestraat 2-8, B-9870 Machelen-Zulte (Belgium)

Exhibition from 8. April till 17. June 2012

Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Closed on Monday and Tuesday

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Info:

t. +32 (0)9 381 60 00

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(Pierre Tal-Coat, Lichens sur le rocher, 1953)
Klik om te vergroten
( Pierre Tal-Coat, Lichens sur le rocher, 1953)
                                                    
(Eugène Leroy, Nu Rose, 1956)
Klik om te vergroten
( Eugène Leroy, Nu rose, 1956)

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