The LGC is proud to present the exhibition "Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus," made in collaboration with the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona. This exhibition draws a straight line between Fish Story (1989–95), one of his better-known photographic essays, and his last work Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum. Along this line, we find Deep Six / Passer au bleu (1996–98) and the film The Lottery of the Sea (2006). In all of them Sekula laments the loss of the sea – with its connotations of danger and romanticism – thanks to a global economy that favours a connected world.
The exhibition Performing the Border presents artistic works which are not satisfied with the obvious and evident and choose to focus their attention beyond to the outside. In a present time, where large parts of the globe are marked by racism, isolation, restricted freedom of the press, and “post-factual” debates, the artists plot scenarios in which the dubious categories of the “own” and the “foreign” can become tangible for the viewer. They conceive the complex field of national, ethnic, social, digital, and sexual identity as a realm for experiment.
"You can constantly question my images: there are new stories in them every time" –Dirk Braeckman
Working with analogue photography, Dirk Braeckman explores the boundaries of his medium and challenges photographic conventions. His work reflects on the act of viewing and the status of the image.
In recent years, widespread media and critical attention has been lavished on famous architects and how their spectacular designs contribute to the branding of cities. Far less is known about the decision-making processes behind these projects and their subsequent urban effects. The book Starchitecture (by urban scholar Davide Ponzini and photographer Michele Nastasi) investigates recent skyscrapers, cultural projects, and high-proﬁle developments designed by star architects in cities such as Paris, New York, Abu Dhabi, and Bilbao.
In the aftermath of the 2016 US election, Brexit and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though capitalist crisis does not begin within art, art can reflect and amplify its effects to positive and negative ends.
Please join us on Sunday 23 April during Art Brussels, the annual contemporary art fair in Brussels, for a conversation between our co-director Hilde Van Gelder, the Swedish artist Karl Holmqvist and curator Piper Marshall.
"Disassembled Images": Contemporary Art After Allan Sekula is a scientific conference organized by the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture (KU Leuven - Université catholique de Louvain) and M HKA - Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen.
The pioneer group of the Düsseldorf School
The ‘Düsseldorf School’ has become a household name in the art world for one of the most successful and influential strains of modern photography. Coined in the late 1980s, the name refers mainly to the pioneer group of students of the late Bernd Becher, who in 1976 became the first professor for creative photography at a German arts academy. His students included Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth, all of them today internationally acclaimed artists in their own right.
In September 2016 the new publication of our distinguished LGC-member Javier Gimeno-Martínez was published by Bloomsbury Academics.
Nowadays, many researchers have been attracted to the question of the relationship between art and science. Until now, they have been able to establish the role of technological and scientific advancements in the arts of the Renaissance until the present with a growing pertinence. The objective of this colloquium, which will be held in French, is to understand the reason for many artists's fascination towards science, and more.