A TRIBUTE TO THE RESPONSIVE EYE

Wolfgang Ludwig & Walter Leblanc 

Dierking galerie

Bleicherweg 3 - 8001 Zürich

29 09 17 - 3 11 17


Sculpting Belgium

La Patinoire royale
rue Veydt 15
1060 brussels
08 09 17 - 23 12 17

Marcel ARNOULD, Pol BURY, Pierre CAILLE, Gilbert DECOCK, André DEKEIJSER, Yves DE SMET, Reinhoud D’HAESE, Antoine DE VINCK, Jan DRIES, Francis DUSEPULCHRE, André EIJBERG, Vic GENTILS, Jean-Pierre GHYSELS, Jo DELAHAUT, Monique GUEBELS-DERVICHIAN, Marie-Paule HAAR, Pal HORVATH, Oscar JESPERS, Jean-Paul LAENEN, Antonia LAMBELE, Walter LEBLANC, Jacques MOESCHAL, Félix ROULIN, Emile SOUPLY, Olivier STREBELLE, TAPTA, Camiel VAN BREEDAM, Jan VAN DEN ABBEEL, Guy VANDENBRANDEN, Hilde VAN SUMERE, Marc VERSTOCKT, Ferdinand VONCK, Jean WILLAME, André WILLEQUET


Walter Leblanc e la Neo-Avanguardia Europea

Curated by Francesca Pola
Cortesi Gallery, Corsi di Porta Nuova 46/B, 20121, Milano

14 09 17 – 21 10 2017


Walter Leblanc (1932-1986), a cardinal figure in post-war European art whose importance is steadily gaining greater international recognition. This exhibition juxtaposes the oeuvre of this Belgian artist with a selection of contemporaries active in the European neo-avant-garde of the 1950s and ’60s, the peers with whom he exchanged ideas and who helped shape the course of his creative career. They include: Getulio Alviani, Marina Apollonio, Alberto Biasi, Agostino Bonalumi, Davide Boriani, Alberto Burri, Antonio Calderara, Enrico Castellani, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Gabriele Devecchi, Piero Dorazio, Lucio Fontana, Heinz Mack, Piero Manzoni, François Morellet, Bruno Munari, Henk Peeters, Ivan Picelj, Antonio Scaccabarozzi, Jesús Rafael Soto, Günther Uecker, Grazia Varisco and herman de vries.


Walter Leblanc
Sensorial Geometries
Cortesi Gallery
41 & 43 Maddox St.
01 06 2017 - 21 07 2017


The Belgian artist Walter Leblanc (1932-1986) has been an outstanding figure in post-World War II European art, whose importance is coming to international attention. This exhibition at Cortesi Gallery, curated by Francesca Pola, brings together pivotal examples of his work, from the 1950s to the 1970s, in order to present the crucial decades of his creative activity.

Unquestioned is Leblanc’s place among the masters of what can be defined the ‘poetics of zeroing’ of the late 1950s, developed in the context of the ZERO movement and network between Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy. Considered one of the pioneers of contemporary artistic practices, rather than defining his work as geometric abstraction, we may speak in his case of a sensorial geometry, constantly nourished by an experimental curiosity about unorthodox materials (such as cotton threads, latex, PVC, metal) as well as by a constructive tension and a focus on the dynamic power of light. Twisted Strings, Mobilo-Static, Schematic Torsions, are some definitions he coined for his works, whose complex essentiality anticipates optical and minimal trends: their unifying element is the torsion of the material, to twist the space of our experience.
Leblanc wanted to go beyond the traditional concept of the artwork understood as a surface or an object to contemplate, in order to create a space of experience that requires the active involvement of the viewer through perception and deciphering. Many contemporary art trends have subsequently adopted this expressive reduction as the possibility to involve both the body and the mind of the viewer.
The purpose of this exhibition is to present the complexity and richness of Leblanc’s work beyond the clichés that his art has been generally associated to, placing it into a wider historical context that links it also to the present. From his beginnings, Leblanc wanted to go beyond the usual opposing notion of figuration and abstraction, whether lyrical, surreal or constructivist, so as to concentrate all these sources in a new relationship between image and reality, between materials and light. The significance and quality of his creative achievements from a historical point of view is also a fertile and vital source of present and future developments, as is confirmed by his enduring relevance for new creative generations.



Biennale Socle du Monde
20 04 2017 - 27 08 2017
Herning, Danemark
www.heartmus.dk
socledumonde.org

Painting with time and space: From Zero to the 60's avantgarde.

Armando, Agostino Bonalumi, Christian Megert, Dadamaino, Enrico Castellani, Francois Morellet, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Gianni Colombo, Günther Uecker, Hans Haacke, Hans Salentin, Heinz Mack, Henk Peeters, Herman Bartels, Herman De Vries, Herman Goepfert
Jan J. Schoonhoven, Jef Verheyen, Lucio Fontana, Nanda Vigo, Oskar Holweck, Otte Piene
Paul Gadegaard, Piero Manzoni, Sven Dalsgaard, Walter Leblanc, Yves Klein




Walter Leblanc

208 paginas | 28 × 24 cm | 150 afbeeldingen

Walter Leblanc (1932–1986), in het midden van de twintigste eeuw een van de eerste vertegenwoordigers van kinetische en optische kunst, geniet niet de bekendheid die hij verdient. Deze uitgebreide monografie, samengesteld door Francesca Pola, is de eerste die werd gemaakt met het oog op een breed internationaal publiek. Er is belangrijk materiaal in opgenomen dat nooit eerder werd gepubliceerd en dat behalve in de kunst van Leblanc ook inzicht biedt in de kunstenaarsgroep ZERO, waarmee Leblanc vanaf de jaren 1950 in nauw contact stond. Walter Leblanc is gebaseerd op uitgebreid internationaal onderzoek naar het werk van de kunstenaar. Naast een 150-tal afbeeldingen van zijn schilderijen en sculpturen en van vergelijkbaar werk bevat het boek historische foto’s en documenten, teksten van zijn hand, een iconografisch overzicht van werken in musea en een bio-bibliografische appendix. Zo wordt duidelijk hoe opmerkelijk en omvangrijk zijn creatieve productie was en wat een belangrijke rol hij heeft gespeeld in de wereldwijde ontwikkeling van de moderne en de hedendaagse kunst.

ISBN DU 978-94-6230-157-3
Mercator fonds
www.mercatorfonds.be


Catalogue raisonné : Addenda II

De Stichting Walter & Nicole Leblanc informeert de houders van kunstwerken van Walter Leblanc dat zij van plan is binnenkort een tweede addendum toe te voegen aan de catalogue raisonné van het oeuvre van de kunstenaar.

De stichting nodigt de eigenaars van een kunstwerk, dat niet in de huidige catalogus voorkomt of niet geïllustreerd wordt, uit met haar contact te nemen.

 


 

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