As we are gearing up for this exciting exhibition, here are five reasons why you should definitely put it in your diary.
The term ‘once in a lifetime’ is banded about way too often, but this is the first retrospective of the French artist in Belgium since 1956. We’ll let you do the maths.
Man of the people
No ivory tower for this painter. Léger was a politically engaged artist, with his feet firmly planted on the factory floor (or in the circus). His art was, as befits a member of the Communist Party, truly aimed at everyone.
Man of his time
Léger was thrilled by the technological and industrial whirlwind of his era. And he was crazy about Charlie Chaplin and cinema. He painted movie posters, designed sets, and even co-directed a movie.
As a teacher Léger helped shape a whole generation of artists. His grateful students include artists like sculptor Louise Bourgeois and photographer William Klein. And even an aspiring painter called Serge Gainsbourg.
Beauty Is Everywhere
Léger found beauty in the everyday. Even in “the rows of pots hanging against the white wall of your kitchen.” So be prepared to look at your kitchen utensils in a completely new way.