July 16, 2021 - De Pont Museum - Kasper Bosmans: Wolf Corridor
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July 16, 2021

De Pont Museum

View of Wolf Corridor, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, the Netherlands, 2021. Photo: Gunnar Meier. Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery New York/Brussels.

View of Wolf Corridor, De Pont Museum, Tilburg, the Netherlands, 2021. Photo: Gunnar Meier. Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery New York/Brussels.

Kasper Bosmans, 9 Sisters (with 12 Legends: Vair Lotion [Soot, Moat; Fight, Fiancé; Bait; Mum, Cut]). Collection De Pont Museum, Tilburg, the Netherlands. Photo: Foto Gunnar Meier.

Kasper Bosmans
Wolf Corridor
May 15, 2021–January 30, 2022

De Pont Museum
Wilhelminapark 1
De Pont Museum
5041 EA Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Nederland
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

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De Pont Museum in Tilburg, The Netherlands, is proud to present the project Wolf Corridor by the Belgian artist Kasper Bosmans. This installation includes sand sculptures, murals, sculptures, bronze reliefs and small emblem-like paintings. The title refers to the artist's concern for border areas. A corridor is an ecological connective zone that brings communes in contact with each other so that a free exchange of individuals and genes becomes possible. Bosmans relates this idea to an area known as De Kempen, where he was born: a sandy region, south of Tilburg, which was once part of the Duchy of Brabant.

De Kempen has traditionally been characterized by illegal activity and its very own mores. The border area is known not only for sheep farming, but since the Middle Ages it has also had a reputation as a robbers' den and an area where all sorts of illicit activities, such as the smuggling of butter and drugs, take place behind the picturesque facades of farmhouses. In his research on De Kempen, Bosman takes a kaleidoscopic view of these surroundings. His eye comes across the “herdgang,” for instance—a triangular square that played a role in medieval shepherding—and he immerses himself in the archeological discovery of the earliest drop of bronze in a Tilburg crucible. He also studied local household traditions. The ancient custom of women scrubbing floors clean with sand, first strewn about in decorative patterns, prompted Bosmans to create sand paintings.

Bosmans consults both historical archives and the Internet, feeling just as comfortable delving into legends about the saints as local gossip. By going off the beaten path he shows, in fact, that the present and the past constantly interact with each other. And that a new perspective on history allows us to look differently at culture and the sociopolitical developments in our surroundings. But with his work Bosmans, born and raised in the Belgian Kempen, also creates a world of his own in which he feels at home. A world that happens to be formed not on the basis of the heteronormative view, but rather the notion of a queer space, a place also familiar to the lgbtq+community.

Curated by Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen and Maria Schnyder.

About Kasper Bosmans
Kaspar Bosmans (Lommel, BE, 1990) studied at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp and at the H.I.S.K. (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) in Ghent. His work has been shown at Gladstone Gallery in New York and in Brussels, at the S.M.A.K. in Ghent, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and, earlier this year, at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan. Recently the publication Dovetail, a survey of work by Bosmans until now, was released by Wiels and Walther König.

About De Pont Museum
De Pont is housed in the southern Dutch city of Tilburg, in a former woolspinning mill. In 1990-1992 Benthem Crouwel Architects rebuilt the monumental factory from the thirties to a space where contemporary art can come into its own. The highlight of the factory is the large bright main hall - with on one side the intimate wool-storage rooms. In the hall are twelve skylights over the entire length of the building, which provide natural lighting and atmosphere in this unique space.

The permanent collection consists of works by (internationally) renowned contemporary artists such as Sigmar Polke, Marlene Dumas, Anish Kapoor, Ragnar Kjartansson, Steve McQueen, Thomas Schütte, Laure Prouvost and Raphaela Vogel. De Pont organises several temporary exhibitions every year.

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