Olga De Amaral

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The Light of Spirit
30.03.18 > 28.07.18 | Espace Grande Nef

The Patinoire Royale–Galerie Valérie Bach becomes, for one exhibition, the temple of the Amerindian spirit and its powerful spiritual charge, in direct link with the cosmos, through the timeless work of the Colombian artist Olga de Amaral. This unclassifiable artist and her production, whose eternal force is haloed with gold -a glorious and divine stainless material- characterizes her mode of expression. A selection of some forty exceptional works, which cover the last 15 years, are presented here for the first retrospective in Belgium.
Her luminous work re-explores the textile tradition of South America by directly quoting the colors, shapes, graphics and materials of the pre-Columbian world, using gold or silver leaf, as well as the natural pigments of the world: indigo, amaranth, turquoise, and earth-colors, in a vast firework display against a backdrop of Andean music.



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Antoine Wagner

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Liquid
27.04.18 > 20.07.18 | Espace Corridor (1er étage)

We are divers held in the moment of contact with the water’s surface. These works carry all the momentum of a fall as well as the cool stillness of the water’s depth. Antoine Wagner captures the warmth and melancholy of years passing as well as nature's timeless cycle. The contemplative mystery of these works recalls the sublime adventure of painters like Friedrich and Turner whilst driving forward into a visceral abstraction akin to Turrell. In every image there is a seductive sense of the half open curtain into our memories or dreams. A surface to be broken through. And on the other side of this silence emerges a perfect music so finely crafted and yet somehow capable of carrying the untouched purity of nature’s breaking waves, soft rain and trickling streams. It is a silent music that points to both the raindrop on a rose petal and the planets softly waltzing through space.



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