In relation to the work of Japanese painter Ryuji Tanaka, selected for REDISCOVERY, Axel Vervoordt Gallery presents a selection of several prime artists: Angel Vergara, Michel Mouffe, Kimsooja, Lucia Bru, Renato Nicolodi, and Ann Veronica Janssens.
Axel Vervoordt Gallery is participating in this year’s edition of Art Brussels, as part of the PRIME section as well as the fair’s REDISCOVERY program.
In relation to our REDISCOVERY part we confront and extend our booth with a group exhibition. In the adjacent booth, we present a selection of several prime artists represented by our gallery. Among them are the Brussels based artists Angel Vergara and Michel Mouffe.
Angel Vergara’s initial inspiration for this work was the five conferences given by Charles Baudelaire in Brussels in 1864, a few years before his death, on the subjects of Eugène Delacroix, Théophile Gautier and certain aspects of his own Artificial Paradises… This starting point formed a leitmotif that made it possible to imagine a direct, almost natural association with Marcel Broodthaers and the relationship that these two 'visionaries' of modernity maintained with literature and art, journalistic writing, critical discourse and, of course, with Brussels.
Ryuji Tanaka’s non-figurative work is most worthy of REDISCOVERY. Beginning in the 1960s, Tanaka set his sights on abstraction and evolved a unique style with a large, hard plane of colour made of a thick heap of natural traditional mineral pigments in the centre of his paintings.
Coinciding with Art Brussels, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Brussels presents From Scene to Scene, an exhibition of Angel Vergara’s large video paintings. These painted films in From Scene to Scene evoke and echo the five lectures of French poet Charles Baudelaire’s during his stay in Brussels.