A while ago I went to the “Game Changers” exhibition @ the fashion museum in Antwerp, I had a great time and learned about Balenciaga and other well-known designers who wanted to ‘free’ women and give them more space in clothing. I was of course pretty excited when I received an invitation for the latest exhibition: ” Rik Wouters & The Private Utopia”. Momu partnered up with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Rik Wouters this year. The result is a gathering of work by Rik Wouters and items by fashion designers/ artists. Read on if you would like to know more about this amazing painter.
Rik Wouters faced some difficulties in life but I can’t tell this by looking at his work. Wouters was the only artist in our region to
combine Post-Impressionist techniques with very simple domestic scenes. The usage of lots of colours and light in combination with the brush strokes makes his work vivid. The intimacy between Rik and his wife, Nel, is central in this exhibition. Wouters made several portraits of Nel, one of my favourite paintings is the one of Nel wearing her famous dress with red stripes. The love of Rik for his wife was the true force in his work – she had a lust for life and energy, this inspired him for his work.
Nowadays mass consumption has litteraly taken over the world and this is one of the things I despise. Right now we see a change of direction towards slow-consuming, People are seeking contact with nature again and there is a growing interest for traditional techniques . This is in fact all what this exhibition is about, the changement of direction towards slow-fashion/ design. This all is linked with the utopian philosophy from Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden in which he presents a non-industrial natural way of living. This notion of sanctity is reflected in art and design. Designers are moving towards the use of pure materials with traditional techniques.
You can visit this exhibition in the fashion museum in Antwerp
from the 17th of September 2016 until the 26th of February 2017.
It’s worth the visit!
If you want to see a video about this evening,
I’m editing a video right now about my first week back @ my place