France - Tourcoing - Le Fresnoy - ABC-Art Belge Contemporain13/09/2010
October 9 - December 31, 2010
Proximity and evidence make us blind: France is unaware of the inventiveness, the diversity and the current creative agitation of some of our closest neighbours. However, for the Northern region, with the ABC exhibition of Belgian contemporary art, there is real fraternity, a cultural permeability which, paradoxically, has not erased the borders in the way that, for example, American, German and even Japanese artists have done in favour of fashion and the art market. In many respects, Belgium has made an impact on all the current artistic disciplines: dance, theatre and the visual arts which including the invented forms where these practices merge. Collectors and amateurs in Belgium have been essential in accompanying this contemporary effervescence.
ABC is an exhibition that does not claim to be a comprehensive portrayal of the diversity of the contemporary scene in Belgium. The disciplines most particularly taught and practiced at Le Fresnoy have formed the criteria of priority for selection purposes: photography, film, video, installation, performance and choreography. And these are the exact areas where Belgium has recently been excelling.
Participating artists: Sven Augustijnen, Stephan Balleux, Orla Barry, Guillaume Bijl, Pierre Bismuth, Ricardo Brey, Marcel Broodthaers, Dominique Castronovo and Bernard Secondini, Jacques Charlier, David Claerbout, Léo Copers, Patrick Corillon, Jef Cornelis, Manon De Boer, Jos De Gruyter Et Harald Thys, Edith Dekyndt, Wim Delvoye, Thierry De Mey, Stefaan Dheedene, Honoré D'o, Lili Dujourie, Jan Fabre, Michel François, Johan Grimonprez, Ann Veronica Janssens, Christian Kieckens, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Jacques Lennep, Jacques Lizene, Capitaine Lonchamps, Emilio Lopez Menchero, Erwan Maheo, Wesley Meuris, Johan Muyle, Hans Op De Beeck, Pol Pierart, Gwendoline Robin, Koen Theys, Ana Torfs, Els Vanden Meersch, Emmanuel Van Der Auwera, Sophie Whettnall.
Curator: Dominique Païni; Second curator: Pascale Pronnier; Set designer: Jacky Lautem.