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Contemporary art for your living room

BOZAR AT HOME

In spite of the confinement, thanks to BOZAR at home we offer you the comfort that technology offers us to allow you to visit our exhibitions from your living room. Enjoy our virtual tours and take good care of yourself.

Mondo Cane

© Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
© Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys

Every week we honour the story of one of the dolls of Mondo Cane by Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys. And are you still looking for an activity that will keep you going for the next couple of days? The website mondocane.net now has 100 new videos to bust out of a slump!

THE FOOL

We know that the fool has a mental age of around eight. When visiting the zoo with his aunt, he was entranced by the nocturnal creatures. He stood stock-still for hours on end, staring into the eyes of a barn owl until hypnotised. Since then, he only sings the few songs that he can remember from his childhood.

LATHGRETA TOFT

Lathgreta Toft lives in a wooden house in Harken in northern Denmark. Harken has four hundred inhabitants, and Lathgreta knits a scarf for every single one of them every year. So she knits 1.1 scarves a day. Her days always follow the same pattern. She gets up at 6 o’clock and eats barley gruel. She then knits until noon, prepares her lunch, eats it and takes a nap. At 2.30 p.m. Lathgreta starts knitting again, until 6.30 p.m. She then takes a break to eat a sandwich. She starts knitting again at 7 p.m., and carries on until 9 p.m. Then she goes to bed. The scarves are distributed to the residents of Harken on Christmas Day. During a short ceremony with tea and biscuits, Lathgreta Toft is celebrated for her perseverance. Every inhabitant of Harken receives his scarf and returns home in silence. Sadly Lathgreta has never attended the ceremony in her honour, since she’s always knitting. If she were not to knit for just one day, next year one Harken resident would be literally and figuratively out in the cold, and Lathgreta Toft doesn’t want that on her conscience.

DE BELDER GUIDO

De Belder Guido, a painter from Leuven, was the inventor of Magical Abstract Realist Romanticism, an artistic style of which he was the sole practitioner. He meticulously documented the movement in a 150-page manifesto which has sadly been lost. In his oeuvre, we find many dark visions that are combined with landscapes in which timid animals play the leading role. De Belder never enjoyed success in his lifetime. He survived on hand-outs and the small pension paid to his mother, who took care of him for her entire life. After his death, a few of his works were purchased by the City of Leuven.

 

Ana Torfs

 

© Ana Torfs
© Ana Torfs

Discover the intriguing world of Ana Torfs online! In her solo exhibition The Magician & the Surgeon (extended until 31 October) she shows four never-before-shown installations, including When You Whistle, It Makes Air Come Out (2019). The work is inspired by a fragment from a book by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, The Child's Conception of Physical Causality (1927). Children’s answers to questions such as 'what is wind made of', 'where does wind come from', 'what happens when you blow', or 'where does the air in your mouth come from', are innocent and surprising.

 

Jacqueline Mesmaeker

© Jacqueline Mesmaeker
© Jacqueline Mesmaeker

As part of the exceptional retrospective we are dedicating to the great Belgian artist Jacqueline Mesmaeker, we invite you to take a walk through her universe. In addition to her creations, you will also discover her influences and her inspirations. Click here to watch the interview with Jacqueline Mesmaeker who invites you to take part in this journey through her oeuvre.

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