Having become a privileged place for culture, the Ixelles Museum, because of the great quality of its collections, greatly contributes to the reputation of Brussels. Multidisciplinary, the collections give a wide overview of the movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is also famous for the remarkable temporary exhibitions it organizes.
The museum decided to present the powerful and poetic work of the contemporary artist, Gao Xingjian. French Chinese is a prolific artist, novelist, playwright, critic, translator, screenwriter, director, painter and awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000.
His work is devoted to the free exploration of a stream of consciousness through the movement of ink on paper. Through an inner journey, the artist gives us work that is expressive, humanist and universal. He uses ink with a questioning, contemporary Western approach but one that is rooted in a traditional Chinese style.
His smooth brush movement is like the gentle rhythm of music that floats in the air, while the blank space gives the viewers unlimited room for imagination. In contrast with the small figurative forms and the quiet atmosphere, the extensive and delicate images create a Zen inspiration, and effectively reflect life.
I was sometimes a little disappointed by the lights pointing at some works. But maybe just a matter of paper conservation? Do not hesitate to walk around in the neighbor where you have plenty of little terraces, so nice with a shiny weather!
GAO XINGJIAN Retrospective
From 26/02 to 31/05/2015
71, rue Jean Van Volsem
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
(last tickets at 4:45 pm).
Closed on public holidays.
Admission 8 € - 5 € : students, seniors and groups