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"Scribble, dabble, splatter, smear"

- Until 02.10.2022

From June 26 to October 2, 2022, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (MDD), Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek (mudel) and Roger Raveel Museum (RRM) are organizing the 8th edition of the Biennale of Painting. Since 2008, the three museums for visual art on the banks of the Leie have presented paintings from home and abroad simultaneously every two years. This festival of painting tends to depart from the context and collection of the three museums. For this 8th edition, each museum explores the history of painting in its own way. The museums invited guest curators who shed light on this specific theme and the properties of the medium of painting, connecting it with current themes.

The exhibition Scribble, dabble, splatter, smear questions the intrinsic properties of painting as a visual medium, its technical qualities and its two-dimensional universe filled with signs and motifs. The focus lies on the inherent visual strategies used by the artists based on personal considerations and in response to contemporaries and predecessors. After all, authorship is a relative concept. The artwork is created in a place where the artist is working, in a local context, but is embedded in a much larger and broader story that transcends borders and time.

The selection includes only artists who were or are active in Belgium and spans more than a hundred years. Every work and every artist is shown in a proportional way – as seen from the ‘here and now’. With this exhibition, the curators wish to (re)sharpen the view of the visitor and invite him or her to adopt a critical, alert and investigative attitude towards the most enigmatic but also the most popular and therefore beleaguered medium in history: painting.

Guest curator Vaast Colson (1977, Kapellen) is a visual artist. After his training in painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, he developed a practice that focuses primarily on critically questioning artistry, the art world today and the status of the art object in the form of performance and installations.

Selected artists: Fred Bervoets, Jean Brusselmans, Jacques Charlier, Anton Cotteleer, Jan Cox, Franky D.C, Thierry De Cordier, Raoul De Keyser, Valerius De Saedeleer, Gust. De Smet, Stefaan Dheedene, Marthe Donas, James Ensor, Alice Frey, Vincent Geyskens, Jacques Lizène, René Magritte, Roger Raveel, Pjeroo Roobjee, Léon Spilliaert, Walter Swennen, Narcisse Tordoir, Luc Tuymans, Edgard Tytgat, Thé van Bergen, Guy Van Bossche, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Frits Van den Berghe, Jan Van Imschoot, Herman Van Ingelgem, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Philippe Vandenberg, Jan Vercruysse, Marthe Wéry, Henri-Victor Wolvens, Maurice Wyckaert

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Gildestraat 2-8
9870 Machelen-aan-de-Leie
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