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Gathering 40 international artists, the exhibition “The Importance of Being ...” will travel to 4 important museums in Latin America along one year and a half, offering a vast panorama of the contemporary art scene in Belgium, without intending to encompass thoroughly. Plural discourses and transversal approaches through a wide range of artistic supports make possible to highlight nowadays crucial problematics worldwide in order to think on possible connections with other latitudes while mapping similarities and differences.

The goal has been to go beyond the notion of Belgium. It is a departure point as laboratory/platform with specific but also global cultural dynamics and geopolitical approaches, in the center of Europe on the decision-making and towards the rest of the world. In this sense, subjects related to power and memory, to the binomial identity-alterity, conflicts and borders, human relations with both the technosphere and biosphere in the context of the globalization are developed on the exhibition. In this sense, the exhibition proposes 5 conceptual trends establishing a strong thread between the selected artworks.

In parallel to the show, a program of performances, workshops with local art schools, conferences and panels of discussion will take place along the exhibition. The first venue will be Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana as from February 13th this year.

Artists: Marcel Broodthaers, Chantal Akerman, Francis Alÿs, Charif Benhelima, Guillaume Bijl, Michaël Borremans, Dirk Braeckman, Jacques Charlier, David Claerbout, Leo Copers, Patrick Corillon, Cel Crabeels, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jan De Cock, Peter de Cupere, Carl De Keyzer, Raoul De Keyser, Edith Dekyndt, Wim Delvoye, Fred Eerdekens, Jan Fabre, Michel François, Kendell Geers, Johan Grimonprez, Ann Veronica Janssens, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Jacques Lizène, Kris Martin, Hans Op de Beeck, Walter Swennen, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ana Torfs, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Philippe Vandenberg, Koen van den Broek, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Koen Vanmechelen, Lieve Van Stappen, Bruno Vekemans, Angel Vergara Santiago.

Curator: Sara Alonso Gómez

Director: Bruno Devos


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba: February 13th to April 26th 2015

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina: July 4th to September 12th 2015

Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: December 2nd 2015 to February 14th 2016

Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil: April 11th to July 14th 2016


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