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 pages | 28 × 24 cm | 150 illustrations

Little is known about Walter Leblanc (1932–1986), one of the key representatives of kinetic and optical art in the mid-twentieth century. Edited by Francesca Pola, this comprehensive monograph on the artist is the first conceived for an international public. It includes significant unpublished materials which provide insight not only into the art of Leblanc, but also into the extraordinary ZERO artist movement that he was connected to and in close dialogue with starting in the 1950s. Walter Leblanc is based on extensive international studies of the artist’s work. With about 150 images of his paintings and sculptures, comparative works, historical photos and documents, it includes a selection of Leblanc’s writings, an iconographic mapping of selected works in museums around the world, and a bio-bibliographical appendix. In demonstrating the outstanding wealth of his creative output, the book reaffirms the enduring role Walter Leblanc played in the development of modern and contemporary art on a global scale.


ISBN ENG 978-94-6230-175-7
Mercator fonds
www.mercatorfonds.be


Catalogue raisonné : Addenda II

The Foundation Walter and Nicole Leblanc has for project to publish a second addenda to the work catalogue. We invite owners of works that are not mentioned or illustrated in the catalogue to contact the Foundation.


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