Jan Boelen makes cabinet of curiosities for President of the European Council

From 17 December 2010 to 31 August 2011 the Offices of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels will be enriched by a Cabinet of Curiosities. The curator of this exhibition is Jan Boelen, artistic director of Z33.

The Cabinet of Curiosities from Belgium for Europe project focuses on the presentation of Belgian art in the international context of the Office of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. It was the ambition of curator Jan Boelen to present an apposite interdisciplinary sample of contemporary art in Belgium, assembled in the physical surroundings of the new Office of the ‘President of Europe’. With the 16th and 17th century Wunderkammer/Kunstkabinet/Cabinet of Curiosities in mind, the project in a way transforms the Office’s various rooms into a setting for heterogeneous compilations of works of art from a variety of Belgian museums and collections.
A number of leading museums and collections in Belgium (Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia) were asked to loan one or more works by a Belgian artist for the duration of the exhibition.
Furthermore, three leading Belgian artists have given in loan a work they produced for a specific location in the Office. The President’s lounge or reception room for the various international delegations was given a delicate Stockmansblauw background and a text sculpture by Fred Eerdekens. The centrepiece of the Office is a Belgian joint effort by Studio Job and the Val Saint Lambert crystal manufacturer

The exhibition is not open to the public

Participating Artists

Marc Angeli
Charlotte Beaudry
Guillaume Bijl
Michel Boulanger
Dirk Braeckman
Jacques Charlier
Edith Dekyndt
Wim Delvoye
Fred Eerdekens
Jan Fabre
Walter Leblanc
Michel Mouffe
Hans Op de Beeck
Gert Robijns
Jean-Pierre Scouflaire
Piet Stockmans
Studio Job in association with
Val Saint Lambert
Ante Timmermans
Luc Tuymans
Koen van den Broek
Johan van Geluwe
Philippe Vandenberg
Jan Vercruysse
Pieter Vermeersch

Participating museums and collections
BAM / Beaux-Arts Mons, Belgium
Belgacom Art asbl/vzw, Belgium
BNP Paribas Fortis, Belgium
Cera, Belgium
Dexia Collection, Belgium
Espace 251 Nord, Liège, Belgium
Groeninghe Collectief, Brugge, Belgium
Collection ING, Belgium
IKOB – Museum für Zeitgenössische
Kunst Eupen, Belgium
M-Museum Leuven, Belgium
MAC’s Musée des Arts Contemporains de
la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles
au Grand-Hornu
M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art
Antwerp, Belgium
Mu.ZEE, Oostende, Belgium
National Bank of Belgium
Private Collection, Antwerpen, Belgium
S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst,
Gent, Belgium

foto: Studio Job in association with Val Saint Lambert, Piece for Peace, 2010, copyright Studio Job, Antwerp

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