Harry Rutten's holdings of some 150 works by Goya, Munch, and Felicien Rops
(pictured) form the core of the collection, and these are shown alongside graphic artists from Belgium and Antwerp.
In Times of Change: Modern art in Belgium, 1880- 1950 [Exhibition of works by James Sidney Ensor, Constant Permeke, Rene Magritte, Felicien Rops
, Gustave Van de Woestijne, Rik Wouters and Leon Spilliaert from the KBC Collection] - Until January 10
Personally, I am interested in the Belgian artists Felicien Rops
and Rene Magritte who have museums dedicated to their work in, respectively, Namur and Brussels.
In this way, "Endless Forms" unites world-renowned masterpieces by artists such as Degas, Turner, Ctzanne, Monet, Landseer, and Edwin Church, with intriguing works by fascinating, lesser-known artists such as Liljefors and Felicien Rops
. A notable feature of the exhibition is the telling juxtaposition of anworks and scientific material, from maps of geological stratification and botanical teaching diagrams to colored ornithological specimens and a wide array of minerals.
Take a stroll down Rue Fumal, with its Felicien Rops
museum which celebrates the most famous artist to come out of Namur, a man whose outrageously sexual images shocked even 19th Century Paris.
Conformement a la predilection de la Decadence pour le corrompu, le recours a l'embleme chez l'artiste Felicien Rops
temoigne de la survivance de l'esprit emblematique et des capacites transcendantes de l'obscurite.
Then there's Felicien Rops
, the mid-nineteenth-century poet-pornographer and proto-Symbolist - a key influence on Baudelaire, as well as on de Cordier, it would seem: Works such as Pneumatic Landscape, and Still Life, 1995, a similar drawing whose phallo-vulvic configuration, above an echt-Flemish landscape with a base featuring the words fontaine d'encre ("inkwell"), are nothing if not Ropsian, in humorous content and obscene form alike.
All the greats are represented, from Felicien Rops
and James Ensor to Paul Delvaux.
Hosted by the Zeniths Gallery at 2 Slavyanska Str (in the headquarters of Cibank), the exhibition will display works by Ensor, Permeke, Magritte, Felicien Rops
, Gustave Van de Woestijne, Rik Wouters and Leon Spilliaert from the KBC Collection.