01 September 2017 - 07 January 2018
Willemskade 25 - 3016 DM Rotterdam Netherlands
On 1 September 2017 the exhibition POWERMASK, curated by Walter van Beirendonck, opens at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. The Wereldmuseum is giving the Antwerp fashion designer a free hand this autumn to present his own unique, multi-faceted vision of the phenomenon of masks.
Cheerful and idiosyncratic
Van Beirendonck selected over 125 masks from the Wereldmuseum’s large collection, to which he added masked costumes and fashion silhouettes. The main components of the diverse galleries are exhibits of photography and fine art. The design is colourful, cheerful and idiosyncratic – like Van Beirendonck’s fashions. The walls are taken up by installations by the contemporary artists Brian Kenny (b. 1982), Coco Fronsac (b. 1962), and Charles Fréger (b. 1975), which are combined with a variety of masks from Africa, Oceania, Europe, and America. In addition, historical and present-day film material gives a lively picture of the ways in which masks were originally worn by men and women and of their role in rituals.
The exhibition is accompanied by the richly-illustrated book POWERMASK: The Power of Masks’, Dutch edition ISBN 9789401443180 and English edition ISBN 9798401442954; Lannoo Publishers (on sale for €39.99 at the museum shop) .
photo: Aad Hoogendoorn
31 August 2017
In Saint-Nazaire, Pays De La Loire, France, at the Galerie des Franciscains, you can visit the “VOYAGE ORDINAIRE” exhibition with the work of Ambroise Tézenas, Jérôme Blin, Denis Dailleux and myself. The show is organized by l’Art à l’ouest, in partnership with Abri Service and the city council of Saint Nazaire.
I’m showing the short “SCHOOL CHALO” (Let’s go to school) series, mainly produced in the very crowded streets of Chandni Chook Bazaar, New Delhi.
19 January 2017
The new series “L’épopée de Jeanne d’Arc” will be at the Musée des beaux-arts de Rouen from the 19th of january to the 19th of february
This “silhouettes” series directly connects with “La suite basque” (The exhibition is still at the Musée Basque et de l’histoire de Bayonne – Baionako Euskal Museoa until the 5th of february) and once again the semiologic questions around the historical representations in our collective educations.
While representing each stereotype and cliché about the story of Jeanne d’Arc, this photographic shows the layers of the representation of this french historical icon thru its various silhouettes.
You can see the whole series on:
This series has been made possible with the help of Olivier Bériot (cinema costume maker), Laurent Dombrowicz (Stylist), Fred Duval (script writer), Christian Attuly (Hair) with the collaboration of the Théâtre des Arts de Rouen, La Chevalerie de La Breteque, les ateliers caraco, Laurent Tard et le Grand Parc du Puy du fou, Christophe Maratier et Maratier Armurier, Paula Cornejo et Straseria Cornejo, Mairie de Rouen, Lycée Jeanne d’Arc, Christiane Delacroix, Etienne David et Le ventre de l’automate, Sophie Haise (Le garage) and Martine Sadion du Musée de l’image à Epinal, Métropole Rouen Normandie