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2 powerful voices of the Contemporary Art and 2 must see exhibitions in Belgium: Sugimoto and Fabre
20 May, 2018
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are pleased to welcome the work of Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto in its exhibition “Still Life”. Some forty photographs are displayed in two rooms in the museum. These works will interact with works of ancient art that are displayed nearby. Sugimoto’s work is reminiscent of that of the Flemish primitives – true precursors of photography – with whom they share many characteristics such as richness in details and depths, surprising light effects or thoughts on nature.
Born in 1948, Sugimoto studied Oriental Philosophy at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Through his work, he combines Western art and Eastern mysticism. His works have served as a bridge between heritage and ideologies of the East and the West. He is best known for his seascapes, which he began to photograph in the 1980s.
You can also meet Jan Fabre’s beloved ladies and discover a completely different aspect of this multidisciplinary artist’s oeuvre. With the expo “My Queens”, Jan Fabre honours the important women in his life while simultaneously creating a dialogue with the Flemish artistic tradition within the historic setting of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
Amongst the works of baroque master Jacques Jordaens, Fabre presents eight monumental marble bas-reliefs of women close to him. Their regal profile contrasts with their paper party hats. These pieces represent the noble character of the artist’s friendships and the festive atmosphere connected with it. In the centre of the room, the work “My Future Queen” can be found: a white marble sculpture of Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, also wearing a party hat. The statue of the Crown Princess is at the centre of different artistic dialogues in the space and stands right between the present and the past, looking towards the future.