LIN WENJIE – ORDINARY LIFE
The gallery is proud and happy to present for the first time in Brussels, from January 12th to February 25th 2023, Ordinary Life, a magnificent exhibition of canvases and papers by Chinese artist Lin Wenjie.
The artist explores figurative painting and reveals us ordinary moments of life through her colorful and optimistic prism. Like a photographer, she captures on the canvas, characters and an atmosphere that moves her. A mirror effects is established and observing the painting strangely returns us to our own image. She considers her works as «concrete, direct, visual, even tactile». Her wish is to give strength and energy to those who look at her painting. For us, the bet is won.
MARC BROUSSE – ARCHITECTURE SAUVAGE
The gallery presents the ‘Architecture Sauvage’ of the adopted Belgian artist, Marc Brousse.
For this exhibition, Marc presents his latest works. A few sculptures and papers made with India ink and pencil, each drawn by naked eye and with a freehand.
His artistic reflection lies in the intimate relationship between nature and man architecture. His first visible influence results from his fascination with the art of building, the history of civilizations, religions, and myths. During his travels, the artist found that each urban place, is a living and unique «species» formed of juxtaposition of buildings in perpetual metamorphosis. A living organism which by its internal vitality modifies its external envelope but expresses it very differently depending on the context to which it belongs. It thus creates a dialogue between nature and architecture that allows us to question the traces that our cities leave in time.
MAXENCE DE BAGNEUX – HOMO CERAMUS
We are delighted to invite you to the opening of the exhibition HOMO CERAMUS, on Thursday 29 September from 6p.m. to 9p.m., where the artist Maxence de Bagneux will be present.
The gallery is showing this French artist’s most recent works. He is a ceramicist who makes modulable sculptures.
For this exhibition Maxence is presenting nine artworks, including five totems that are like a forest of architectural silhouettes, three masks and a wall sculpture. These sculptures, which have been conceived specifically for the gallery, assemble and pile up in a play of construction. The artist has hand turned the different modules that allow mysterious profiles to appear. Eye and mouth are absent. The clay which here has taken on an appearance like biscuit, is like an invitation to caress and forms very sensual abstract figures. He creates modulable sculpted materials with rough forms and velvety contours, reflections of his travels and his intuition.
RAMUNTCHO MATTA, C’EST PAS MON GENRE
For this exhibition, “C’est pas mon genre”, the Galerie Aliénor Prouvost is presenting works by Ramuntcho Matta, a very talented multidisciplinary artist. With over a hundred works on paper, he brings us into his daily life through his drawing practice. When the COVID crisis began, Ramuntcho started to make one work a day, each accompanied by a thought or a poem. A work relating to his mood at the time. For this series, created especially for the gallery, he wanted to express the fact that we cannot place the human in a simple box of type/gender. A poetic journey that invites us to reflect on what we are, beings that are much more sophisticated than simple labels, much more complex than a fleeting emotion, and this is what makes each of us a unique person worthy of interest.
BRYAN LEY – ANONYMOUS FIGURES
The Galerie Aliénor Prouvost is proud and delighted to present, for the first time in Brussels, a magnificent group of over twenty paintings on canvas and paper by the French artist Bryan Ley, from 10 March to 28 April 2022.
His painting treats the human figure in an anonymous state which appears not to be searching for its identity but is rather seeking a reinvented world. Here the artist tends towards photographic realism, he is extremely meticulous in showing his figures. Ley manages to give these anonymous people their essence, a soul, while defending his figurative approach. There is no moral judgment in Bryan’s work. His work concerns human beings and human beings are at its heart. Refraining from any social or political criticisms, he chooses to allow only the paint to speak. Direct and penetrating painting, where anything can be included: melancholy, calm, liberty, anger, pain, concentration, nostalgia, dissatisfaction and expectation, in an infinite variety of combinations.
GÉRARD SCHNEIDER : ENERGY OF GESTURE, STRENGHT OF COLOUR
To coincide with the publication of the Gérard Schneider catalogue raisonné on February 2, 2022, the Galerie Aliénor Prouvost is proud and delighted to present a magnificent group of about thirty works on paper from the 1940s to the 1970s. For this retrospective, the gallery, in partnership with the artist’s studio, is bringing together a selection of works, most of which have never been seen, by the leader of lyrical abstraction, Gérard Schneider.
MIG QUINET : PAPER, THE WORK OF A LIFETIME
For the publication of the catalogue raisonné of Mig Quinet and the twentieth anniversary of her death, the Galerie Aliénor Prouvost presents a selection of about thirty works on paper in association with the Fondation Mig Quinet.
The objects exhibited reveal an aspect that is still not well enough known of Mig Quinet’s art: drawing in ink on paper. Although she is well known for her oils on canvas, it is also from this series of works on paper– which she made throughout her career – that the artist liberated herself and succeeded in transporting us on a dreamlike voyage. In addition, we are very proud to represent an artist who was so committed, profoundly touched by feminism, as much in her private life as in her art.
CHARLOTTE FORTIER BEAULIEU – UT PICTURA POESIS
We are pleased to present for the first time at the gallery a set of thirty oil on panel by the French artist Charlotte Fortier Beaulieu. She paints urban landscapes, industrial machines, and buildings, while paying extremely careful attention to the subtlety of shades, colours. She focuses on a purity of line and structural values. She describes hard and unesthetic images with precision and delicacy. Metal, cranes, pylons, factory chimneys, are magnified here by the beauty of surrounding nature, the beauty of the skies, of the clouds, all magnified by the beauty of her light. She transforms places with poetry. Her painting is an ode to light. Each work has its own harmony. A certain melancholy characterizes her work through the depiction of broad empty spaces, devoid of any human representation, a treatment of the light that plays with chiaroscuro, from which a kind of aura emanates.
AMAURY MAILLET – THIS IS NOT A CALDER.
The gallery presents for the first time a set of mobiles by French artist Amaury Maillet.
Both complex in structures and full of great poetry, these are works conducive to reverie.
His technique is perfect. Balance, movement and elegance. Everything is right. A tribute to Alexander Calder’s works ? YES because he is the mobile inventor BUT Amaury Maillet has his own identity. This is not a Calder.
Lou van ‘t Riet | Minimalist landscapes
The gallery presents for the first time a set of eight triptychs by Belgian artist Lou van ’t Riet.
These polychrome volumes are a transcendental and essentialist representation of the landscapes and places that she has visited and where she has lived. She prefers the expression of sensitivity rather than figuration in shapes. An imaginary voyage for the viewer looking at the work.
SALOMé DE FONTAINIEU
The gallery is delighted to present the contemporary artist Salomé de Fontainieu for the first time in Brussels. A Marseillaise woman who paints between her Phocaen workshop and Bibémus near Aix-en-Provence.
This retrospective brings together monumental works on paper and canvas as well as some sculptures. The artist gives us a minimalist work imprinted with power, freedom and softness like a quiet force
Gérard Schneider ON PAPER | 1944-1959
The gallery presents a selection of more than 70 works on paper by Gérard Schneider: from the «decisive» period (1945-1950) to the «glorious» period (1951-1961). This lyrical abstraction leader left us with a painting that is both free and poetic, at the same time strong, intense and dynamic, where gesture and color reign as masters.
Huguette Arthur Bertrand
“Obliquement et à travers” (oblically and through), this unusual title of a painting by Huguette Arthur Bertrand could provide a good summary of her work’s place in the Post-War artistic landscape. After arriving in Paris in 1946, she became one of the few women to join the ranks of young artists who were practicing a form of abstraction that was at first geometrical and then became more spontaneous, adhering to an artistic movement that would be called, according to attempts at clarification by critics, “lyrical, gestural, informal or tachist”.
COLOUR AT THE SERVICE OF ABSTRACTION
Handling colors and lines is a real diplomacy, it is a real dificulty.
Colour is one of the most important components of abstraction. It is one of the most difficult aspects to master. It requires a great reflection for the artist.
This exhibition presents several artists such as Gérard Schneider, Lois Frederick, Huguette Arthur Bertrand, Guy de Rougemont, Niki de Saint Phalle, Michael Goldberg and Salomé de Fontainieu …
ROUGEMONT. “from the ellipse to the serpentine line”
« One does not go from the plan to the volume, from the object to the monumental, without one day all this being based on one and the same practice. I am a painter: my sculpture, my furniture, my carpets are of a painter … » Rougemont
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