The Grid. Trame · Grille · Matrice
The grid, formed by the regular intersection of vertical and horizontal lines, was an iconic structure in twentieth-century art that has never ceased to fire artists’ imagination. The exhibition, also entitled The Grid, explores this theme.
As a model for organising space, the grid has played a fundamental role in Western art since the Renaissance, but it was not until the twentieth century that it became an aesthetic form in its own right. From the 1960s onwards, it could also be found in fabric weaves, graphic grids, computer matrices, documentary devices and a variety of other places. The grid has now become a complex and ambiguous structure recalling the rational order of science but which, at the same time, opens up unexpected scope for imagination, intuition and creativity.
Taking as its starting point the collection of Guillaume Wunsch and Monique Van Kerckhove, which they donated to the museum in 2021, The Grid exhibition focuses on art from the 1960s to the 1980s. It does, however, also include the work of a broad range of other artists such as Sol LeWitt, François Morellet, Carl Andre, Vera Molnár, Esther Ferrer and Christian Boltanski. An opportunity to explore an era rich in innovative ideas and artistic experimentation!
Carl Andre ∙ Claudia Andujar ∙ Max Bill ∙ Hartmut Böhm ∙ Christian Boltanski ∙ Alexander Calder ∙ Analívia Cordeiro ∙ Pierre Cordier ∙ Hanne Darboven ∙ Herman de Vries ∙ Jo Delahaut ∙ Günter Dohr ∙ Michael Ensdorf ∙ Esther Ferrer ∙ Luigi Ferro ∙ Anna Bella Geiger ∙ Douglas Huebler ∙ On Kawara ∙ Sherrie Levine ∙ Sol LeWitt ∙ Jacques Lizène ∙ Verena Loewensberg ∙ Richard Paul Lohse ∙ Vera Molnár ∙ François Morellet ∙ Manfred Mohr ∙ Eadweard Muybridge ∙ Dennis Oppenheim ∙ Gina Pane ∙ Jesús Rafael Soto ∙ Rosemarie Trockel ∙ Mark Verstockt ∙ Ryszard Winiarki ∙ Shizuko Yoshikawa
Professor Alexander Streitberger (UCLouvain, Lieven Gevaert Centre)
In collaboration with Olivia Ardui, teaching assistant at UCLouvain, and the students from the seminar on the history of art from the avant-garde to the present day