(HE)ART OF STEEL
Saturday, June 29 till Sunday, September 29
On Saturday, June 29, a statue exhibition will be opened in the gardens of Grand Hotel Karel V, called the (HE)ART OF STEEL. For the second time, gallery owner Eric Morren from Morren Galleries will be the curator of this exhibition. Two Belgium and two Dutch artists are selected to show their impressive statues during the summer. Everyone is invited to take a look at the statues in our gardens, which are hidden by the monastery walls.
The Dutch Jeroen Jacobs (1979, Made) creates with old iron lifesize animalstatues, which are robust as well as refined. With parts of vehicles and machines, but also tubes, plates, horseshoes, screws, et cetera. He welds these parts together to create wonderfully realistic images. The other Dutch artist is Irma Horstman (1960, Zelhem). Typical for the abstract art of Horstman is the searching for a connection between organic forms of human and nature. Her long and stretched statues are reminiscent of prehistoric or primitive objects, where people formerly meet each other to invoke the gods.
The Belgian Phillippe Timmermans (1957) imagines de powerfull and athletic man-figures in bronze with a monumental character. The bronze is combined with pedestals made of corten steel, but in such a way that is part of the art. Belgian Gerda de Jonghe (1952, Lennik) studied at the academies of Anderlecht, Aalst, Liedekerke and Ninove. She works with ceramic, polyester or bronze. The large Easter island-like heads that are presented in the gardens, are made of polyester, with a coating of corten steel.