Exhibition

BEWOGEN BEWEGING: Kinetische Sculpturen

17 Apr 2016 – 30 Oct 2016

Event times

Thursday - Sunday
11:00 - 18:00

Cost of entry

Opening: €5 (1 drink included)

Adult: €12
Children ≥14: free

Verbeke Foundation

Kemzeke
Flanders, Belgium

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On 17 April 1961 Bewogen Beweging, the first International Exhibition of Art in Motion, closed at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Exactly 55 years later, the exhibition under the same title opens at the Verbeke Foundation.

About

This time the spotlight is placed on two Dutch artists sharing a strong interest in kinetic installations: Theo Jansen and Zoro Feigl. 

Bewogen Beweging (eng. Moved Movement) brings together new and recent works by Zoro Feigl as well as Theo Jansen’s first retrospective in Belgium. Using everyday materials to create intricate moving machines, the artists blur the line between art, engineering, mechanics, and biology. Constructed largely of PVC tubing, Theo Jansen’s dream machines walk on the wind and as new forms of life become more and more resistant to changeable weather conditions. Visitors are encouraged not only to see the beasts, but also to move them by hand and follow the evolution of the Strandbeests through their skeletons, photos, artist’s sketches, and design drawings dating back to 1990. While Theo’s primary focus is the function, Zoro aims at investigating physical properties of industrial materials such as plastic sheets, cords, ropes, etc. The tension achieved through the use of heavy components set in motion by engines and motors goes beyond rigid forms of mechanics resulting in dance-like qualities. Through endless experiments, the artists discover new ways of development, explore dynamics of movement and create balance between organic and mechanical properties.

The Verbeke Foundation is also proud to host the first retrospective of Roger Van de Wouwer. Comprising over a hundred collages, paintings and drawings, the exhibition touches on a variety of subject matters and brings closer the oeuvre of this surrealist painter and illustrator who employed a vast array of techniques to question the meaning and function of images. On the occasion of the exhibition, a book about Roger Van de Wouwer was published by the Verbeke Foundation.

Also on view in sculpture park new installations by: herman de vries, Alan Son st, Stefan Cools, Lodewijk Heylen, Richard Kromjong; and in the Collages Museum works by Bob Lens, Maarteen Vanden Eynde, Léa Ricorday, Paul Joostens, Rosemond Meys, Marcel Louis Baugniet, E.L.T. Mesens, and many others from Collection of the Verbeke Foundation. 

Curators

Marek Wolynski

Marie Verboven

Karolina Slup

Exhibiting artists

Alan Sonfists

Stefan Cools

Lodewijk Heylen

Bob Lens

Zoro Feigl

Maarten Vanden Eynde

Lea Ricorday

Roger van de Wouwer

Theo Jansen

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