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Until Fri 28 August

IN SITU: Art on display in windows

Kanal - Centre Pompidou
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IN SITU: L'art se met en vitrine  Hicham Berrada, Celeste, 2014 Color photograph 40 x 50 cm Grey sky, sky blue smoke © ADAGP Hicham Berrada © Photo. Amandine Bajou Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London


Between the 8th may and August 28th 2020, KANAL- Centre Pompidou, in collaboration with the new platform #windowmuseum, will present the exhibition IN SITU.

This first exhibition to emerge in the context of the current crisis seeks to answer the question: ‘How can we continue to exhibit artworks today?’ IN SITU will be part of a series of exhibitions curated by #windowmuseum at three venues: KANAL-Centre-Pompidou in Brussels, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris, and BPS 22 in Charleroi.

IN SITU, curated by the new platform #windowmuseum, proposes a first answer to this question. The health crisis is also a social crisis, one that has highlighted inequalities and imposed a reassessment. It also reminds us of how important contact, touch and closeness are to us, to our bodies, to our environment. Our contacts with society and with art cannot remain merely virtual.

Lola Meotti, curator of the IN SITU exhibition, will take over six windows of the Kanal-Centre Pompidou Showroom in order to exhibit works on the surface of the windows so that they are visible to passers-by. The size and location of the building mean that the exhibition will be seen both from a distance and from close up. For the scenography, Gabriel Tapia, tattoo artist, offers a specific creation for the exhibition, in gigantic proportions.

The IN SITU programme brings together three artists: Hicham Berrada, Hervé Charles and Claude Cattelain, who each question, in their own way, our relationship to, respectively, the body, to the territory and to danger, themes that are eminently topical.

"#Windowmuseum is an independent but participative platform. Its objective is to bring together, encourage or produce concrete art projects in response to the current health crisis that is also a political and social crisis. The platform aims to endure and also to evolve with the reopening. The cultural model was already showing its limits before the pandemic. Indeed, the pandemic has only exacerbated problems in the sector, the first victims being the artists. We propose to create a way of operating tied to the current curatorial lockdown by making art once more accessible to the public through the public space. We wish to invent new ways of presenting artistic production outside of the conventions of the museum structure and its display conditions and beyond the virtual sphere by rethinking the issue and the stakes involved in the traditional exhibition model. We first propose to work with the main cultural venues and to use their buildings as they have never been used before in order to exhibit works that can be seen from outside the building. This type of action could then extend to other venues seeking to highlight the work of artists by making it visible outside of the traditional networks and towards news spaces to be colonized artistically." -Lola Meotti,Hervé Charles

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Friday, May 8, 2020 — Friday, August 28, 2020


Kanal - Centre Pompidou

Square Sainctelette, 21
1000 Brussels

T. +32 2 435 13 68

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