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WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels Summer Evenets

Film as Sculpture
7 June–18 August 2013
Opening: 6 June, 19h
Press preview: 6 June, 14h

With Rosa Barba, Zbyněk Baladrán & Jiří Kovanda, Ulla von Brandenburg, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Rachel Harrison, Žilvinas Kempinas, Elad Lassry, Karthik Pandian, Bojan Šarčevic
While film is typically thought of as being essentially moving and immaterial, an infinitely reproducible collection of fleeting images and flickering light, sculpture, almost by definition, is a solid, obdurate thing, nothing if not the literal attempt to give form to matter. This group show investigates these seemingly opposing mediums and the growing interest among a group of young international artists to think through the specificities of sculpture and film by creating hybrid objects that respond to, inhabit and question both traditions at once. Indebted to the legacy of 1970s expanded cinema, the fantastic constructions on view at WIELS will explore the historical and material potentials of a dialogue between the moving image and the sculptural object.

Exhibition curated by Elena Filipovic

Jef Geys / Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
The world as seen through a pelican in plexi
7 June–15 September 2013
Opening: 6 June, 19h
Press preview: 6 June, 14h

This duo exhibition with Iranian artist Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian was suggested by Belgian artist Jef Geys. Monir—as she is commonly referred to—is regarded as one of the more inspiring and innovative artists to have come out of Iran. She lived and worked in New York for many years, but the essence of her work has always been the reinterpretation, formal as much as spiritual, of elements of Iranian culture, architecture and traditions. Like Monir, Geys too is interested in geometric forms and their variations, in popular traditions and local customs, in optical illusions and in the beauty and complexity of nature. The show will gather a representative selection of Monir’s work, including eleven old and new mirror-reliefs, twelve object drawings, three disco balls and one sculpture, as well as three new works by Geys, one a major project, paired with a selection of older pieces, such as the video A day, a night, a day… (2002).

Exhibition curated by Dirk Snauwaert

21 June–1 September 2013
Opening: 20 June, 19h
Press preview : 20 June, 11h

With Hotel Charleroi, Alexandra Chaushova, Theo Cowley, Svenja Deininger, Laurent Dupont-Garitte, Jana Euler, Maartje Fliervoet, Martin Laborde, Wobbe Micha
WIELS wants to emphasize a little publicized but essential part of its operation, the residency programme, by organizing an annual exhibition. This thematic exhibition show will in each instance be based on the work former artists in residence produced during their residency.

Exhibition curated by Dirk Snauwaert & Agata Jastrzabek

Complementary programme:

19 June, 19h
Lecture by film historian Steven Jacobs
In the framework of Film as Sculpture

26 June, 19h
Conversation between Rose Issa & Michel Dewilde
In the framework of Jef Geys / Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

3 July, 19h
Look Who’s Talking: Elena Filipovic
In the framework of Film as Sculpture

17 July, 19h
Look Who’s Talking: Jiri Kovanda
In the framework of Film as Sculpture

10 July & 24 July
Two nights of screenings of various artists’ films about sculpture, including a special screening on 10 July of Chris Marker and Alain Renais, Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also die), 1953.
In the framework of Film as Sculpture

1 September, 19h
Look Who’s Talking: Liesbeth Decan
In the framework of Jef Geys / Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

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