De Reconstructie van Kamer (III) [The Reconstruction of Room (III)]
During the exhibition Twee Uur Breed of Twee Uur Lang - Fascinerende Fascetten van Vlaanderen, 58/98 [Two Hours Wide or Two Hours Long - Fascinating Aspects of Flanders, 58/98] in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp in 1999, Jan Vercruysse's Room (III) was damaged to such an extent that the artist himself declared the work irreparable. Because of the importance of the work within Vercruysse's oeuvre, and as a key work within the recent art history of Flanders, it was desirable to renovate Room (III). With support of the Flemish Community, M HKA decided to collaborate with Jan Vercruysse to create a completely new version of Room (III). The new version was to be constructed with some radical changes to the technical structure of the work, making the Room less vulnerable to damage in the future.
The elaborate reconstruction of Room (III) tells us much about Jan Vercruysse's artistic vision. In principle, his works are about their underlying concepts, but he also needs an intricate material precision to guarantee their formal appearance. The fabrication of many of his sculptures is reliant on industrial processes that require specialized know-how. To achieve a perfect execution, Vercruysse often calls on third parties for the material construction of his works.
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The work of Jan Vercruysse is characterized by his razor-sharp vision and very focused approach to its central themes. Vercruysse mostly work
De Historiek van Kamer (I...
Room (III) has a special presence within the oeuvre of Jan Vercruysse. The series of four Rooms in total, which he created between 1983 and 1