February 10, 2003 - Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (MDD) - Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
February 10, 2003

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Museumlaan 14
9831 Deurle
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Two new exhibitions

Opening hours: tu-fr 13-17h; sat-sun 11-17h; closed on Mondays

Image: Graphic Design, Inge Ketelers; Courtesy MDD (Museum
Dhondt-Dhaenens), Deurle, Belgium

SWITCH – on reversibility

Elke Boon (B), Cel Crabeels (B), Bojan Fajfric (Y), Damien Hirst (GB),

Svetlana & Igor Kopystiansky (R)

Curator Edith Doove

SWITCH is oriented towards the principle of reversibility. What seems
very simple and immediate gets an unexpected meaning that sometimes can be
quite the contrary of the first impression that we have of an artwork.
In this sense the exhibition on the one hand removes itself from an
exaggerated, documentary focus within contemporary art and on the other
hand it builds forth on the achievements of this tendency. Some works
may at first appear to be purely documentary, but added notions of fear,
power, beauty and a critical view on society, reveal a different
approach.

The so called “Butterfly Effect”, that was first described
by the meteorologist and mathematician Edward Lorenz, in this sense certainly
is an important influence. He discovered that the predictability of the
weather is not directly proportional to the amount of collected
information. He expressed the degree of unpredictability in his
statement that a butterfly that flutters its wings could cause a tornado on the
other side of the world.

FOCUS 1

James Ensor, Jan Toorop, Valerius De Saedeleer en others

Guest Curator Robert Hoozee (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent)

In answer to an exhibition that looks for contemporary metaphors and
symbols, a selection is made of some paintings and sculptures from the
museums collection that in their time had a very clear metaphorical
meaning. Modernistic aesthetics taught us to look at art in a
meaningless way. Today we try once more to conjure up the context, the
representation and the story behind artworks. This focus exhibition invites the visitor
to ask himself whether the selected works still have a deeper meaning
and which metaphorical or symbolical language they speak.

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