WIELS present a major exhibition of the Belgian artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer titled Kunststoff -
International ongoing exhibitions
Exhibition September 21, 2018 -
His open and generous work connects art historical and architectural references to elements drawn from popular culture, from shapes seen in the street, to surfaces stolen from high-
The question of display is central to Dedobbeleer’s work. Many of his pieces are themselves presentation devices, but the display mechanism that particularly intrigues Dedobbeleer is the museum itself and the way that it confirms the value of the objects on display. He is fascinated by museological paraphernalia (stands, plinths, vitrines) and printed matter (particularly books and museum postcards) both of which recur throughout his work. Drawing upon the museological convention of labelling as “material culture” anything that cannot be otherwise classified, the exhibition’s subtitle Gallery of Material Culture hints at Dedobbeleer’s ambivalence about contributing further to the mass of objects produced since the dawn of mankind.
The exhibition is structured in three parts: it opens with a dense installation of works that date back to 2003. Loosely grouped by theme, they offer multiple entrances into Dedobbeleer’s way of thinking. This space is installed as an indoor sculpture park or architectural promenade. In the second space, Dedobbeleer presents new works that evoke elements of a classical museum display and furniture. A series of “vitrines” evoke the Gallery of Material Culture, presenting a vast array of objects that defy specific categorisation.
For WIELS, Dedobbeleer has produced a magnificent sculpture in the form of a functioning radiator. Its spiral shape echoes that of an energy-
Finally, at the top of the WIELS building, Dedobbeleer has installed a functioning stove, whose flickering flames transform the work into a kinetic sculpture.
Curated by ZoëGray
© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2018. All Rights Reserved
View of Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Kunststoff -