LATT: new art in Antwerp 1958-1962 #2 must we teach the blind to see?
M HKA, Antwerpen
30 March 2012 - 13 May 2012
New Art in Antwerp was dedicated to the artist movement G58. Antwerp 1958: alongside a world-class port that grew more every day, was a sleepy, old city where art and culture were not high on the agenda. The meeting between Lode Craeybeckx, Mayor who thinks outside the box, and a group of budding artists who were keen to show their work, led to the creation of G58 Hessen House.
The five episodes of New Art in Antwerp 1958-1962 did not offer a comprehensive view of the facts. They generated distinctive moments and characters. They formed a series of nuanced stories with questionable accents. Each episode was linked to a young Belgian artist whose work relates in content and form to what was then new art.
The second episode was a tribute of G58 to the first abstract painters in Belgium, showing work by Felix De Boeck, Prosper De Troyer, Marthe Donas, Marc Eemans, Pierre-Louis Flouquet, Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Paul Joostens, Jos Leonard, Karel Maes, Jozef Peeters, Victor Servrankx, Georges Vantongerloo and Hubert Wolfs. With an insert of contemporary artist Freek Wambacq.
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Genesis: De Appelboom
Felix De Boeck, Genesis: De Appelboom, 1926. Painting, oil, cardboard, 46 x 47 cm.
Zonder titel [Untitled]
Jozef Peeters, Zonder titel [Untitled], 1924. Painting, oil, picture, 191 x 95.5 cm.