Museum Stift Admont 1. April – 1. November 2023
Since every artwork has intrinsic value, while relatively few have extrinsic value, my focus here is intrinsic value. Consider the objects on view in your own home. Presumably, you could explain why you admire them, protect them and even maintain them, even if no one wants to buy them. We have chosen our belongings, so we value them; even if no one else recognizes their specialness. Our selections tell us miles about ourselves, while our displays project our identity. Ryslavy self-identifies as a conceptual artist (perhaps the world’s only conceptual artist whose preferred medium is oil paint). Aware of the relationship between display, value and identity, collectors work extra hard to construct authentic identities and to boost the intrinsic value of artworks in their collection. Ryslavy’s strategic solo exhibitions put these topics in play.
In Motel Corona, S.M.A.K. presents a group of new acquisitions that entered the collection through an unusual route.
S.M.A.K GENT 27 May - 5 November 2023
Meanwhile, the year 2020 is etched on our memories via the collective lockdown. Museums and cultural venues were closed, projects were suspended and the financial impact was huge. But also for artists, who lost their connection with the public and were thrown back on themselves, without any perspective. To compensate for this loss, the Flemish Community released 3.75 million euros in 2021 for the purchase of artworks by contemporary artists. This not only provided welcome support for many practitioners but also gave a huge boost to the region’s contemporary art collection. With input from contemporary art museums in Flanders, a 12-member committee purchased 256 artworks. These were distributed between the various Flemish museums, of which 42 artworks went to S.M.A.K. We present a selection of these works in the exhibition Motel Corona, which takes its name from a 1994 artwork by Liliane Vertessen.
With works by, amongst others, Elke Andreas Boon, Dries Boutsen, Ricardo Brey, Manu Engelen, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Maud Gourdon, Hamza Halloubi, Joke Hansen, Emilio Lopez-Menchero, Kurt Ryslavy, Elly Strik, Patrick Vanden Eynde, Koen van den Broek, Guy Van Bossche and Liliane Vertessen.
Suchan Kinoshita – Kurt Ryslavy
MAISON STEPMAN BOULEVARD LEOPOLD II LAAN, 250, BE-1081 BRUXELLES
VERNISSAGE THURSDAY, 9 FEBRUARY2023 AT 7PM
EXHIBITION 10 FEBRUARY – 19 FEBRUARY 2023