Júlíana Sveinsdóttir | Ghent, Belgium
Biennial of Painting – On Landscape
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Gustaaf De Smetlaan 1, 9831 Deurle
Gemeentelijk Museum Gevaert-Minne, Kapitteldreef 45, 9830 Sint-Martens-Latem
MuDeL, Lucien Matthyslaan 3-5, 9800 Deinze
Roger Raveelmuseum, Gildestraat 2-8, 9870 Zulte
July 1st – September 30th, 2018
In 2018, the Biennial of Painting is at its sixth edition. The three regional museums of the Lys region are once more working together to exhibit paintings from the last 150 years. This time the Biennial will focus on the landscape, a genre with a longstanding tradition in history, and which is still today a hot topic for many contemporary artists in relation to, among other things, ecology, politics and globalization.
Art, modernity and the Lys region have been interconnected for more than a century and a half – from the 19th century landscape painters, the Flemish expressionists and the New Vision to contemporary creations. In MDD, landscapes of Constant Permeke and Valerius De Saedeleer, two artists from the museum’s own collection, will serve as a starting point to link the past to the present.
Besides painting, the landscape represented through the moving image will also be covered by means of a number of contemporary films selected by curator Cis Bierinckx. The 7 selected filmworks for the exhibition engage with the landscape both cinematographically and thematically from a personal perspective, and with much narrative freedom.
Etel Adnan, Anna-Eva Bergman, Huma Bhabha, Dirk Braeckman, Marie Cloquet, Jules De Balincourt, Valerius De Saedeleer, Adelheid De Witte, Karel Dierickx, Nicolas Party, Constant Permeke, Marina Rheingantz, Glen Rubsamen
Maria Thereza Alves, Hippolyte Boulenger, Jean Brusselmans, Jean-Marie Bytebier, Cathérine Claeyé, Stijn Cole, Jana Cordenier, Franz Courtens, Felix De Boeck, Raoul De Keyser, Damien De Lepeleire, Ronny Delrue, Valerius De Saedeleer, Arthur Douhaert,, James Ensor, Andreas Eriksson, Wannes Goetschalckx, Jóhannes Kjarval, Georges Lemmen, Constant Permeke, Emanuelle Quertain, Roger Raveel, Júlíana Sveinsdóttir, Lukas Vandenabeele, Carole Vanderlinden, Tinus Vermeersch, Sophie Whettnall & Aboriginal schilderkunst en Chinese schilderkunst.
with films by
Doug Aitken, James Benning, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Lukas Marxt, Enrique Ramírez, Meggy Rustamova, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
Francis Alÿs, Emile Claus, Saar De Buysere, Xavier De Cock, Wim Delvoye, Stief DeSmet, Alain Huck, Yun-Fei Ji, Nayra Martin Reyes, Raquel Maulwurf, Stefan Peters, Greet Van Autgaerden, Lucien Van Den Driessche, Bruno Van Dijck, Edmond Van Dooren
About the artist
Júlíana Sveinsdóttir (31 July 1889 – 1966) was one of Iceland’s first female painters and textile artists. Taught initially by prominent Icelandic artist Þórarinn B. Þorláksson, Sveinsdóttir settled in Denmark and returned to Iceland in the summers, the visits inspiring her landscape paintings, one of which won the Eckersberg Medal in 1947.
Sveinsdóttir was an active supporter of artists and the arts. She was an early member of the Danish Female Artists’ Society, and sat on the boards of the Charlottenborg Exhibition and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Though best known for her painting, Sveinsdóttir was also a significant artist working in textiles, her commissions including a rug that decorated the court chamber of the Supreme Court in Copenhagen.