Leuven - M - Jan Vercruysse, works 1975 - 200908/09/2009
LEUVEN - M - JAN VERCRUYSSE, WORKS 1975 - 2009
September 20, 2009 - January 17, 2010
On September 20, 2009, M will open its doors. 'M' stands for Museum Leuven. M brings old and contemporary art together: painting and sculpture, photography, video and film, design and architecture, all inspired by the diversity of Leuven, a historical city of the arts and innovative center of knowledge.
Jan Vercruysse is one of the most influential artists in Belgium. He has been a regular fixture in the art world in recent decades. His work can be found in the most important Belgian and international museums. Vercruysse will show an overview of his work from 1975 to 2009 - a first - in M itself. He will also make a new work in M. A parallel exhibition featuring international artists he considers important will be held in the art center STUK.
His working method is characterized by the exploration of themes through series of works, because "one work can never completely express or visualize a given theme." The exploration of a theme leads to a work, which gives rise to the next work, which in turn gives rise to yet another work - and so one, until the boundaries of possible meanings in relation to plastic possibilities have been reached.
Vercruysse's work is refined and hermetic: it delights, seduces, misleads. He continuous to build further on an eccentric, highly individual oeuvre that vibrates between motion and silence, between gloss and still life, and between dead and angst. Masks, self-portraits, absence and emptiness are among the prominent themes in an oeuvre that continues to surprise.
Apart from the exhibition of Jan vercruysse, M will also open with a new presentation of its permanent collection and a temporary exhibitions of Rogier van der Weyden.
Jan Vercruysse, Tombeaux 1988 (1991) # 4 (T.221), blue glass, iron.