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Foto van beschilderd doek 01/07 - 05/11/2017
Richard Tuttle, Light And Color

 “La lumière est ma fille, elle est une et indivisible, lumière pain du peintre, lumière reine de nos sens.” (James Ensor)

“Ensor is able to separate the paint from the color. The color becomes real. This is why he could say: the Impressionists could neither understand light nor color.” (Richard Tuttle)


Light and Color is Richard Tuttle’s (b. 1941, USA) first major museum exhibition in Belgium. Jan Hoet led the way in 1978 when – as a young museum director making his debut exhibition in Ghent – he invited the artist to Flanders.

Richard Tuttle has created twenty-four new artworks for the exhibition Light and Color in Mu.ZEE. To bring these into direct contact with James Ensor’s paintings, the museum wing dedicated to Ensor and Spilliaert will be rearranged for the first time. Why? The answer can be found in the above quotations. An exhibition is never a foregone conclusion. Since we issued the invitation in 2015, Richard Tuttle has been looking and thinking about the use of color in Ensor’s paintings. What if Ensor had departed from the idea that color ‘really’ exists? What if color ‘really’ exists? How should one think about this, or respond?

Color is not easy to translate into words. Perhaps color actively resists language or plausible definition? And vice versa: words can change color. Richard Tuttle writes: I got this idea from thinking about how color and sound are similar. We can use the same words for both: depth, tone, brightness, etc.… Where sound is not ordered in nature, we order it and make music. Color must be the same.

A publication will accompany the exhibition.
 
(…) Moi je préfère les roses et leur gamme de pureté. Peinture dit couleur et je prise moins la ligne figée, la langue morte, la fadeur grise, les tons défraichis des peintres ouistitis. Mais je compose mes couleurs au temps clair, œil ouvert, regard fier, main levée, palette chargée, tubes en crevaison, brosse en bataille.
Mesdames les couleurs mal placées se disputent à outrance, en voisines terrible la difficile guerre interminable des deux roses dure encore.
Melle Vermillon pousse au noir devant
Madame Blanc de Plomb. Madame Laque de chine se fâche tout rouge devant Mr Bleu Destrée. Mr de Cermium pousse au canaris quand Melle Bitume coule de source. Pour un rien MM les verts se grisent ou passent au bleu (...). Comment diriger ce beau monde rebelle ? (James Ensor)
 

 



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01/07 - 05/11/2017
From 21.10.2017 (Incl. The Raft)
€14 individual – mid-week (Monday-Thursday), groups
€20 individual – weekend (Friday-Sunday)
€1 13-26 years
Free children up to 12 years old