Until Sun 14 November 2021


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Icons Yan-Pei Ming Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997) , 2021 © Clérin Morin


From early icons from Europe and the Middle East to modern and contemporary works, icons have inspired many believers, as well as artists, throughout the ages. The exhibition unveils how spiritual dimensions have been incorporated into artworks since antiquity.

Tradition attributes the first icons to Saint Luke who, after Pentecost, is said to have painted three representations of the Virgin Mary. From the first icons of Europe and the Middle East to modern and contemporary works, these pictorial representations of the divine have inspired many believers and artists. The exhibition Icons, curated by Henri Loyrette, former Director of the Musée d’Orsay and Chairman and Director of the Louvre Museum, reveals how spiritual dimensions have been integrated into works of art from Antiquity to the present day.

The exhibition reveals a selection of ancient icons from Europe and Russia – depicting variously Christ, the Mother of God, or individual saints – the striking simplicity of which sets them apart as timeless objects of veneration.

A second set of works by 19th and 20th century artists such as Charles Filiger and Lucien Levy-Dhurmer explores the frontal and depth-less composition of icons. The exhibition also discusses the use that contemporary artists like Yan Pei-Ming and Wim Delvoye make of iconographic language.

Curator: Henri Loyrette.

Michael Craig-Martin, Wim Delvoye, Mounir Fatmi, Jean Fautrier, Charles Filiger, Ellen Gallagher, Douglas Gordon, Duane Hanson, Titus Kaphar, Octave Landuyt, Bertrand Lavier, Lucien Levy-Dhurmer, MARWAN, Claude Mellan, Annette Messager, Yan Pei-Ming, Pierre et Gilles, Arnulf Rainer, Georges Rouault, Fabrice Samyn, Sarkis, Henry Van de Velde, Andy Warhol, Gustave van de Woestyne

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 — Sunday, November 14, 2021


Monday     Closed
Tuesday     from 11:00 to 18:00
Wednesday     from 11:00 to 18:00
Thursday     from 11:00 to 18:00
Friday     from 11:00 to 18:00
Saturday     from 11:00 to 18:00
Sunday     from 11:00 to 18:00


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Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain