Exhibitions

Krijn de Koning

Vides pour un patio

1 July – 25 September 2011

For the last exhibition in the patio before extensions to the Musée des Beaux-Arts begin, Dutch artist Krijn de Koning will be taking over this remarkable setting with a monumental site-specific work. 

 

For the last exhibition in the patio before extensions to the Musée des Beaux-Arts begin, Dutch artist Krijn de Koning will be taking over this remarkable setting with a monumental site-specific work. 

The piece in question is a powerful, compact construction made up entirely of white partition walls: in this combination of the monumental and the sober the artist abandons the colour that has so far been such a marked feature of his work. Taking possession of the entire patio, he brings radical change in terms of volumes and surfaces: unexpected angles and shifting points of view force visitors to see the site in a totally new light, encouraging them to actively develop a mobile, panoramic perceptual approach. 

Here the artist's contribution takes a hallucinatory, quasi-irrational turn reminiscent of the grandiose works of Piranesi, who set out to sublimate Roman antiquity by the sheer scale of his architectural ventures. The Musée des Beaux-Arts is home to many engravings by this Venetian artist, brought together in the famous 18th-century "Cacault" albums which Krijn de Koning consulted for the preparation of his work. Some of the plates that inspired him are also on show, echoing the work in the patio.  

Projet d'installation pour le patio © DR Projet d'installation pour le patio © DR
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