An exhibition on the theme of the color black almost seems like a fashion phenomenon. Back to Black was recently held in the Hof van Busleyden Museum and Schwarz Weiss & Grau is currently running in Albertina in Vienna.
In the exhibition in gallery Transit, the color black plays an important role, but there is more to it. The meaning of the color black is associated with power, fear, mystery, strength, authority, elegance, formality, death, evil and aggression, authority, rebellion and sophistication. Black is required for all other colors to have depth and variation in hue.
A very conscious choice has been made in the title for a split between the letters ZW and ART. ZW is often used as a Dutch abbreviation for black and white in photography, however, there is also the contrast between black and white in the social and political tensions in the US and UK, as well as in Europe. And someone who thinks in black and white is blamed for a lack of nuance.
In this exhibition a wide range of interpretations of the color black is discussed. Broadly speaking, it is built around three themes: religion, politics and society versus the individual.
Malevich's black square is never far away in the exhibition. It is and remains a lasting invitation to further explore the hidden space of black.
Artists: Arne Bastien, Daniël Bellon, Johan Creten, Luc Dondeyne, Wouter Feyaerts, Nikita Kadan, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, Allart Lakke, Thomas Raat, Stijn Ruys, Robert Suermondt, Christophe Terlinden, Bram Van Meervelde, Karel Breugelmans, Sergey Bratkov, Jenny Watson, Joris Ghekiere, Virginie Bailly, Jörg Madlener, Yazan Khalili