Video art in the Arthur Rogiers studio

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15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

Video art in the Arthur Rogiers studio

Restored between 2014 and 2017, Arthur Rogiers’s former home and studio was built in the geometric Art Nouveau style in 1898 by the architect Paul Hamesse. The studio features tall windows and a skylight facing north, has a floor area of 60 m_ and is 8.5 m high. Its current occupants are keen to revive the original function of the painter’s workshop and to use it for contemporary video art. The wall that was once covered with genre paintings has now been transformed into a giant screen for video projections. This creates a particular tension between different aspects of chronology; between the present and the past, and between contemporary art and the (historical) significance of studios in art. During the tours, you will discover The Vanitas Record by the artist Koen Theys. This film is inspired by the theme of “vanitas” (meaning “futility” or “worthlessness”), a common genre in 16th and 17th century Flemish and Dutch painting. A still life depicting burnt candles, skulls, old books and an old clock highlight the finiteness of life. In the video by Koen Theys, vanity, temporality and the futility of earthly life are illustrated by 20,000 living snails. They crawl slowly over books and skulls while a clock indicates the time in the background.

A partnership between Jan Knops and Nicolina Jorissen, owners; Koen Theys, artist, The Vanitas Record; Initia, a contemporary art and practical philosophy organisation, and Vidi-Square, a professional audiovisual video projection company.

Practical information

    • The painter Arthur Rogiers’s former studio
    • Rue Charles Quint/Keizer Karelstraat 103
    • 1000 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 16h00 (guided tours in groups of 15 people available all day (French/Dutch), in cooperation with E-Guides and Korei)
    • M
      Schuman
    • B
      Chasseurs Ardennais/Ardense Jagers
    • B
      Luther
    • B
      Maelbeek/Maalbeek