giovedì 29 maggio 2008

William Kentridge, Kay Hassan and Norman Catherine in Brussels

On Wednesday 7 May, MoBa Gallery in Brussels will open a new space called NOMAD, which is situated within walking distance from the gallery. NOMAD is comprised of over 350m2, and is dedicated to contemporary African art. MoBa will continue to exist as a private Gallery, open by appointment, and focused on photography. At this opening entitled Multiple Choice, three very important South African artists express themselves through editions.

William Kentridge is perhaps one of the best-known artists of his generation. Since 1989, Kentridge has been creating handmade animation films focusing on the apartheid and post-apartheid era. Kentridge has managed, with a few strokes of charcoal drawings and minimum pastel colour to redefine images. With these drawings and films he creates scenography for major theatrical productions, including the Magic Flute at La Monnaie, Brussels in 2005, Zeno at 4 a.m. in 2001 and Confessions of Zeno in 2002 at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels. But that is not all; one must admire his tapestries, sculpture, ink and watercolour drawings, powerful etchings, lithographs and silkscreens completed by the artist over the course of thirty years. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York will show a retrospective of his artwork in 2010. This will be his first gallery show in Brussels precisely 10 years after his solo show in Bozar (1998).

Kay Hassan exhibited his grandiose “paper constructions” several years ago in MoBa, which are created by ripping and pasting billboard paper from Johannesburg to form enormous cubistic portraits. Kay Hassan continues to bring objects to the fore and reinterpret their existence and meaning. In this exhibition, the gallery is showing multiples relating to a sense of time cleverly entitled Fixing Time, Reversing Time and Reflecting Time as well as a series of intimate photos called Morning Rituals.

Norman Catherine will be bringing bronze sculptures to this exhibition, inspired by legends, masks, tales and allegories from South Africa. Catherine produces a sort of fantasy world both intriguing and scary through savage, animal-like, sometimes stereotypical images of the human spirit. His previous show at MoBa bore the name Urban Mutations, which is a just synonym for this bronze edition, although completely different to the work already shown.

NOMAD 96 Emile Jacqmainlaan 1000 Brussel
(across from the Théâtre National)
MoBa 29 Spaarstraat 1000 Brussel

Opening Wednesday 7 May 2008 18:00-21:00
Exhibition 8 May until 22 June, Thursday-Sunday,14:00-18:00
For more information or images:
Ashley Peeler 0496 79 45 54 Walter De Weerdt 0475 219 250

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