BE MODERN, a stroll through 20th century abstract art

16 October 2020 - 21 January 2021

The subtitle, "From Klee to Tuymans", sums up the aim of the exhibition, being held at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts (RMFA) in Brussels until 21 January 2021: to bring together Belgian and other internationally renowned artists in a selection of 150 works; paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations and fleeting images - milestones in the history of contemporary art.

Paul Klee (1879-1940) and Luc Tuymans (b. 1958) demarcate the chronological framework of art works collected on the theme of freedom and experimentation. It features three themes: emancipation from line and colour and evolution through a resolutely abstract visual language; the use of materials, the change in the relationship to the object (where we can feel the influence of Max Planck's work) and the perspective of conceptual art; lastly, the change in the relationship between humans and their environment and the existential questions of the 20th century.

Among the artists exhibited, some for the first time, are Frank Stella, Bill Viola, Roger Ballen, Georges Meurant, Chéri Samba, Agnès Guillaume, Rinus van de Velde and Emmanuel Van der Auwera; this bold and original selection presents the dazzling adventure of modern visual art.

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