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'The Squarest Rectangle' Tom Barman sees all corners of a century of Belgian art

28.09.2014 - 04.01.2015

KAdE has asked dEUS frontman Tom Barman to put together an exhibition on Belgian art.

Lisa Vlaemminck
Viktor Servranckx
Fabrice Samyn
Emmanuelle Quertain
Pascal Petrus
Nadia Naveau
Guy Mees
Xavier Mary
Kris Martin
Werner Mannaers
Léon Spilliaert
Walter Swennen
Luc Tuymans
Sharon Van Overmeiren
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
Herman Van Ingelgem
Etienne Van Doorslaer
Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx
Koen Van den Broek
Michael Van den Abeele
Camiel Van Breedam
Roger Van Akelijen
Roeland Tweelinckx
Fernand Khnopff
Gerard Herman
Jane Graverol
Jan Cox
Jean Brusselmans
Marcel Broodthaers
Dirk Braeckman
Kasper Bosmans
Michaël Borremans
Pierre Bismuth
Guillaume Bijl
Fred Bervoets
Philip Aguirre y Otegui
Sergio De Beukelaer
Thierry De Cordier
Robert De keersmaecker
Michel François
Céline Felga
Lili Dujourie
Filip Dujardin
Niels Donckers
Lara Dhondt
Wim Delvoye
Koenraad Dedobbeleer
Peter De Meyer
Raoul De Keyser
Nel Aerts

An exhibition featuring Belgian musician Tom Barman as guest curator opens at Kunsthal KAdE on Sunday, Sept. 28. KAdE has asked dEUS frontman Tom Barman to curate an exhibition on Belgian art. The exhibition is part of a series of activities in Amersfoort organized to commemorate 100 years ago - at the outbreak of World War I - when many Belgians fled north to escape the violence of war. They were taken in in several cities, including Amersfoort. The "Belgenmonument" in the city still recalls this moment. Among the refugees were several artists who would later become important representatives of Flemish Expressionism. A number of artists also ended up in Amersfoort. Museum Flehite will host an exhibition on this historic event in the fall of 2014.

Tom Barman as guest curator

Kunsthal KAdE has chosen Tom Barman as guest curator for an overview of (contemporary) Belgian art because, as a collector and follower of contemporary art, he can provide his own perspective on Belgian art outside the usual curatorial agendas. Barman does not pretend to establish an art historical lineage, nor does he strive for a complete overview of the state of contemporary art in his country.

Tom Barman: 'As a musician and filmmaker for 20 years, I have had to answer the question: What is typically Belgian? I think the answer lies in eclecticism and contrariness. In the humor, too. And in the openness. I see or hear it in the fun eyes of René Magritte, in the steely no-nonsense of Jacques Brel, in the multilingual dialects of Raymond Goethals and in the versatility of Hugo Claus or Victor Servranckx. For behind the jaded cliché of Belgian surrealism beats an experimental heart. Always with guts and a desire to kick up a fuss. Even with beauty, if necessary. With this exhibition I want to give my highly personal vision of that Belgian 'typically untypical'. In image, painting and sound. 

The selected artists are:
Aerts, Nel (B, 1987) | Aguirre y Otegui, Philip (B, 1961) | Bervoets, Fred (B, 1942) | Bijl, Guillaume (B, 1946) | Bismuth, Pierre (F, 1963) | Borremans, Michaël (B, 1963) | Bosmans, Kasper (B, 1990) | Braeckman, Dirk (B, 1958) | Broodthaers, Marcel (B, 1924-1976) | Brusselmans, Jean (B, 1884 - 1953 | Cox, Jan (B, 1919-1980) | De Beukelaer, Sergio (B, 1971) | De Cordier, Thierry (B, 1954) | Dedobbeleer, Koenraad (B, 1975) | De keersmaecker, Robert (B, 1955) | De Keyser, Raoul (B, 1930-2012) | Delvoye, Wim (B, 1965) | De Meyer, Peter (B, 1981) | Dhondt, Lara (B, 1979) | Donckers, Niels (B, 1969) | Dujardin, Filip (B, 1971) | Dujourie Lili (B,1941) | Felga, Céline (B, 1982) | François, Michel (B, 1956) | Graverol, Jane (B, 1905-1984) | Herman, Gerard (B, 1989) | Khnopff, Fernand (B, 1858-1921) | Mannaers, Werner (B, 1954) | Mara, Pol (B, 1920-1998) | Martin, Kris (B, 1972) | Mary, Xavier (B, 1982) | Mees, Guy (B, 1935-2003) | Naveau, Nadia (B, 1975) | Panamarenko (B, 1940) | Petrus, Pascal (NL, 1979 ) | Quertain, Emmanuelle (B, 1987) | Samyn, Fabrice (B, 1981) | Servranckx, Viktor (B, 1897-1965) | Spilliaert, Léon (B, 1881-1946) | Swennen, Walter (B, 1946) | Tuymans, Luc (B, 1958) | Tweelinckx, Roeland (B, 1970) | Van Akelijen, Roger (B, 1948)| Van Breedam, Camiel (B, 1936) | Van den Abeele, Michael (B, 1974) | Van den Broek, Koen (B, 1973) | Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx, Benny (B, 1989) | Van Doorslaer, Etienne (F, 1925-2013) | Van Ingelgem, Herman (B, 1968) | Van Kerckhoven, Anne-Mie (B, 1951) | Van Overmeiren, Sharon (B, 1985) | Vlaemminck, Lisa (B, 1992)

Biography Tom Barman:
Barman was born in Antwerp on January 1, 1972. He studied at the Sint Lukas film school in Brussels. In 1989, he founded the group dEUS. Since then, he has built an international music career. In addition to dEUS, Barman works on the music project Magnus (whose albums were released in 2004 and 2014) and the jazz project TaxiWars. He compiled two jazz compilation CDs for the Impulse and Blue Note labels ("That's Blue! + Painters Talking" (2006): a selection of jazz tracks that sampled sound clips from interviews with famous painters such as Jasper Johns, Kenneth Noland, Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning and Robert Rauschenberg). In addition to music, Barman kept busy with film projects, making several music videos and directing the feature film "Any Way the Wind Blows" in 2004. In 2005, he was a guest on VPRO's Zomergasten (Summer Guests). In 2011, Barman was a guest editor at the Volkskrant. In 2013, Tom Barman made the series 'Shot on Location' for VPRO, in which he documented cities where famous films were shot.


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