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Beyond the Picturesque

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Beyond the Picturesque
Curated by: Steven Jacobs, Frank Maes

Citadelpark
9000 Gent
Belgium
April 4th, 2009 - August 23rd, 2009

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:  
picturesque, photography, landscape

DESCRIPTION
The concept of ‘the picturesque’ originated in the 18th century and was closely linked from the very start to that of the English landscape garden, which traded in the strict geometry of the French garden for a carefully recreated and staged image of nature.

The term ‘picturesque’ refers to a certain kind of landscape that was considered suitable as a subject for a painting, as well as to a part of reality that could be looked upon as if it were a painting. It is remarkable that a lot of contemporary artists are fascinated by the hybrid landscape in which the differences between centre and periphery, between city and countryside and between nature and culture are no longer clearly defined.

Furthermore the present natural landscape is to a large extent and on a global scale colonized and domesticated by means of a worldwide spread of images in the form of works of art and all kinds of media images of landscapes in film, television, tourism, etc.

The exhibition in the S.M.A.K. wants to investigate how the concept of ‘the picturesque’ can still (or again) be applied to artistic interpretations of the present landscape.