Some striking images from recent performances by Miet Warlop.
BOZAR has a long tradition of happenings and edgy performance pieces, opening up its hallowed spaces for artistic statement and even disruption. From the seventies, when Marcel Broodthaers’ took a live camel from the Antwerp Zoo for a notorious walk through the building, to recent performances by Sadaharu Horio (at the exhibition on Japanese art) or Tino Seghal and Boris Charmatz (at the Daniel Buren retrospective), BOZAR continues to push that envelope, blurring the line between exhibition space and performance space.
It is no coincidence that BOZAR built an extensive series of performance art around the recent Yves Klein exhibition. Klein himself, during his brief but dazzling career, stunned the art world with his performance art, from Judo demonstrations to the (in)famous Anthromopetries, using human bodies as paintbrushes, dipped in his striking IKB.
Emerging Belgian visual artist Miet Warlop is a welcome guest at BOZAR and the opening of the exhibition Yves Klein. Theatre of the Void saw her galloping on a horse through the building with the performance Horse. A man, a woman, a desire for adventure.
For the closing of the exhibition she took us inside a world of fragile representations and filled the Horta Hall with all manner of creatures, sculptures and tableaux in the performance Mystery Magnet.