First retrospective on 'Belgian Geometric Abstraction' at l'Espace de l'Art Concret in France

Sun, 28/06/2015 to Sun, 29/11/2015

The exhibition 'Belgian Geometric Abstraction' is the first retrospective of Belgian geometric abstract art in France. A large overview, from the 1920s until today, is being shown at L'Espace de l' Art Concret, with a focus on how contemporary artists continue to explore ideas initiated by their predecessors. The 'Belgian Abstract Movement' was determined by two decisive moments. The 'Plastique Pure' movement, in the early 1920s, stands for a group of young, emerging artists who questioned the foundations of painting by developing ideas rooted in cubism and futurism. This rather ephemeral movement was based around two geographic hotspots: Brussels and Antwerp. Pioneering artists were Michel Seuphor, Jozef Peeters, Paul Joostens, and Victor Servranckx. During the second important moment, after World War II, a new generation of artists had to make a lot of choices, for example between a lyrical, impulsive abstraction or a rather geometrical and rationalized abstraction. Jo Delahaut was the symbolic leader of these creators. They were the heirs of the Russian constructivists and Bauhaus. In the Château galleries, the historical exhibition presents the works in a chronological and thematic way. The inclusion of the works by contemporary artists casts new light on the more historical works, highlighting the major influence they've had on European abstract art.

Artists in the Historical Section: Marcel-Louis Baugniet, Gaston Bertrand, Pol Bury, Jo Delahaut, Marthe Donas, Francis Dusépulchre, Pierre-Louis Flouquet, Henri Gabriel, Paul Joostens, Walter Leblanc, Karel Maes, Jean-Pierre Maury, Jozef Peeters, Victor Servranckx, Michel Seuphor, Guy Vanderbranden, Georges Vantongerloo, Léon Wuidar
Artists in the Contemporary Section: Ann Veronica Janssens, Bas Ketelaars and Pieter Vermeersch. More information: From 28 June until 29 November 2015. Curated by Fabienne Grasser Fulchéri, and assisted by Alexandra Deslys and Claire Spada.

28 June until 29 November 2015.

Belgian artists in a historic and contemporary section, curated by Fabienne Grasser Fulchéri, assisted by Alexandra Deslys and Claire Spada
Ann Veronica Janssens, Untitled (Pink Coco Lopez, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Kamel Mennour Paris@ ADAGP
Espace de l'Art Concrèt