KETELEER GALLERY is delighted to welcome you in its new BREMDONCK project, simultaneously with the presentation of Antoine Roegier’s new solo exhibition Carnavals.
At this unique location, in the middle of the Peerdsbos forest, the interaction between man, art and nature will set the tone. BREMDONCK will focus mainly on exhibitions that fit within this narrative. Bar Liza, named after the horse who stood in this stable for many years, and the outside terrace invite the visitors to experience the gallery and garden at a slower tempo. With sustainability in mind, the grounds were completely redesigned: non-native trees and plants had to make way for a wild flower garden and frog pond to attract more insects, birds and small animals to re-strengthen the flora and fauna’s biodiversity. The surrounding nature also offers the opportunity to curate a new sculpture allowing nature to truly affect the art, and the art to affect nature.
Antoine Roegiers (°1980, Braine l’Alleud, Belgium) is a Belgian painter living and working in Paris who, for the last years, focused completely on bringing to life the Old Masters like Rubens, Breughel, Bosch,… but also Ensor, whom he regards as his personal artistic fathers.
Through a combination of modern and old techniques, Roegiers transforms the old mystique for a new generation. In his film ''Carnavals'' (2018), he takes figures out of different famous Flemish paintings and brings them to life in his own imaginative story. With his painted portraits he isolates and completes the figures to perfection truning them into unique characters with whole new lives. In other works, the typical medieval landscapes are shown eerily desolated. Perhaps the people have already left or are yet to come… the background becomes a stage for our fantasy. Like a child who plays make-believe, but with an exquisite technique, Roegiers takes over the world of the Old Masters, makes it into a new ‘reality’ and thus writes the present day into the story.
Artists: Antoine Roegiers