Klara Pompidou x artlead Edition Set 2020
Edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artists
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about this work
A Simple Diversion, 2020
Rope, plywood, perforated hardboard, mdf, glass bottles, paint, handle holder
160 x 20 cm
Das Lied von der Erde, 2019
Lithograph on 225gr Zerkall Bütten paper
50 x 62,5 cm
Berlinde De Bruyckere
Stenen Hart, 06/09/2019 – 07/09/2019
Box with cement tile wrapped in damaged fabric
21 x 18 x 8 cm
Pompidou is a radio programme on the national Belgian radio Klara. Since 2013, it shares artlead’s goal of bringing art closer to people. In 2020, Klara and artlead work together to take this endeavour a step further. Together with artlead, Pompidou presents art to its listeners in the form of affordable, limited edition artworks made by some of Belgium’s most prolific artists.
Each year, Klara Pompidou and artlead will jointly publish three editions which will be offered as a set, each published on 50 signed and numbered copies.
The first edition set brings together limited edition artworks by Berlinde De Bruyckere, Leon Vranken & Kati Heck. Berlinde collaborated with sixty volunteers to produce a series of 50 unique relics that echo some of the materials and process of her installation at the Venice Biennale in 2013. Leon made a beautiful wall sculpture in which glass, wood and rope are the protagonists. Kati collaborated with a master printer to produce a lithograph that closes the cycle of paintings based on Mahler’s six-song symphony Das Lied von der Erde, previously on view at Sadie Coles, London.
about Berlinde De Bruyckere
Berlinde De Bruyckere makes haunting distortions of organic forms with wax, animal skin, hair, textile, metal and wood. Key motives in her oeuvre are the fragility and vulnerability of man, the suffering body – both human and animal – and the overwhelming power of nature. De Bruyckere’s work deals with the fundamental human quest for transformation, transcendence and reconciliation in the light of mortality.
De Bruyckere is strongly influenced by traditions from the Flemish Renaissance. Drawing on the legacy of the European Old Masters and Christian iconography, as well as mythology and cultural lore, De Bruyckere interweaves existing histories with new narratives – to create a psychological terrain of pathos, tenderness and unease. The duality of love and suffering, danger and protection, life and death and the human need for understanding are the universal themes with which De Bruyckere has been concerned since the beginning of her career. “I want to show how helpless a body can be,” says De Bruyckere, “Which is nothing to be afraid of – it can be something beautiful.”
about Leon Vranken
Leon Vranken is a sculptor who reflects on the formality and materiality of the objects he creates – in very diverse materials such as wood, textiles, rope and stone. He strives to show an object in its simplicity, playing with both the interdependence of the elements and the fragility of the whole that they form together. Central to his practice is a desire to reflect on how art and craft relate to each other, and how his practice relates to art history through that focus.
about Kati Heck
Kati Heck is to be considered an heiress to German Expressionism. One is reminded of the bars, dancers and actors of Otto Dix and George Grosz, at the same time as the Old Masters. Heck synthesizes and fuses styles. She is as much an abstractionist as a realist. Parts of her paintings are meticulously rendered on her stitched canvases, with a unique virtuosity and acute attention to detail, while others look streaked, smeared and sculpted as in ‘O Romain’. You can find reflections of Robert Rauschenberg, the way she combines non-traditional materials and everyday objects in innovative combinations. She challenges the medium of paint on a completely new level, as a gesture toward unabashed self-assertion and its radical effects. As the artist states, “I always opt to use more paint, it helps me move away from realism and towards total freedom.”