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

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 pages | 28 × 24 cm | 150 illustrations

On ne sait pas grand-chose de Walter Leblanc (1932–1986), l’un des principaux représentants de l’art optique et cinétique au milieu du XXe siècle. Dirigée par Francesca Pola, cette monographie exhaustive est la première qui soit destinée à un public international. Elle contient des documents significatifs inédits, qui éclairent non seulement l’art de Leblanc, mais aussi l’extraordinaire mouvement artistique ZERO, avec lequel il était lié et en dialogue étroit dès les années 1950. Avec 150 illustrations de ses tableaux et sculptures, des oeuvres comparatives, ainsi que des photos et documents historiques, cette monographie inclut une sélection des écrits de Leblanc, une cartographie iconographique d’oeuvres choisies dans des musées du monde entier et un appendice bio-bibliographique. En démontrant la richesse exceptionnelle de la production créative de Walter Leblanc, l’ouvrage réaffirme son influence durable sur le développement de l’art moderne et contemporain à l’échelle globale.

ISBN FR 978-94-6230-158-0
Mercator fonds


Catalogue raisonné : Addenda II

La Fondation Walter & Nicole Leblanc informe les détenteurs dœuvres de Walter Leblanc de son intention prochaine de réaliser un second addenda au catalogue raisonné de lœuvre de lartiste.

La Fondation invite les propriétaires dune œuvre non reprise ou non illustrée dans le catalogue existant à prendre contact avec elle.