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'Hareng Saur: Ensor and contemporary art

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'Hareng Saur: Ensor and contemporary art

Citadelpark
9000 Gent
Belgium
October 31st, 2010 - February 27th, 2011

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.smak.be
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Ghent
EMAIL:  
museum.smak@gent.be
PHONE:  
+32 (0)9 240 76 01
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 10-6; closed Mon
TAGS:  
installation, video-art, performance, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Hareng Saur: Ensor and contemporary art takes a new step in the approach to Ensor’s oeuvre. The exhibition shows that Ensor has retained his topicality even on today’s art scene. He is taken out of his historical context and approached decisively as a timeless artist whose themes and technique are inseparably linked to the practices of many contemporary artists. Even at the start of the twenty-first century, Ensor’s subjects and points of view remain resoundingly up to date. Such subjects as the mask and the grotesque, social critique, the self-portrait, the identification with Christ, the masses, satire and death have after all lost none of their relevance in contemporary visual art. The exhibition makes unexpected links and demonstrates that in his visionary oeuvre Ensor pursued a goal that connects him to numerous contemporary artists.

In addition to an extensive selection of Ensor’s work (paintings, drawings and prints), the exhibition also includes contemporary kindred spirits and counterparts in the genres of painting, sculpture, video, installation, performance, drawing, etc.