David Hockney returns to the Centre for Fine Arts
Until 23 January, the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts is hosting two exhibitions that offer a panoramic view of the artistic career and personality of British artist David Hockney, now 83 years old, who has once again managed to reinvent himself.
The first part, Works from the Tate Collection, 1954-2017, documents the extraordinary productivity of this Pop Art painter and offers a
retrospective of his entire career, offering the familiar palette of the Yorkshire countryside and the warmer tones of the American West Coast. In addition to the memorable landscapes, there are a large number of portraits for which Hockney used close friends or family members as models. Some of his creations, featuring swimming pools in the 1960s and 1970s, are major works from his career, and the setting of bright blue water in the dazzling California sunshine seemed perfectly suited to his modernist style of art.
The second part of the exhibition bears witness to Hockney's thirst for experimentation. The Arrival of Spring, Normandy 2020, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, presents his new 'paintings'. In the midst of a pandemic, David Hockney captured the transformation of nature in spring on his iPad, creating 116 optimistic new works in praise of nature.