Emerging Belgian visual artist Miet Warlop will close the Yves Klein exhibition at BOZAR, Brussels, with her highly anticipated performance Mystery Magnet.
The opening of the exhibition Yves Klein, Theatre of the Void already saw her galloping on a horse through the Centre for Fine Arts with the performance Horse. A man, a woman, a desire for adventure, and at the closing of Pol Bury. Time in Motion, she took over the exhibition rooms with The Board.
It is no coincidence that BOZAR has built an extensive series of performance art around the 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.
The state of the art performance programme includes Belgian and international artists. They might have a more theatrical or a more visual background, but each of them is breaking down the barriers between art disciplines. BOZAR is a perfect fit: from the outset it has been a place where different art forms co-exist, be it music, visual arts, performance arts, cinema or architecture. And in an era where white spaces become black boxes and vice versa, a more transversal way of presenting art is essential.
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 extend the limits of what is possible, blurring the line between exhibition space and performance space.
All performances in the context of the Yves Klein. Theatre of the Void exhibition have been filmed and are on display in the exhibition rooms, following in the footsteps of Klein himself, who recorded several of his performances thus immortalizing their volatility. These recordings became works of art and are shown and appreciated on the same level as Klein’s paintings and sculptures.
Miet Warlop (°1978) lives and works in Ghent, Berlin and Brussels. In her performance Mystery Magnet, she takes us inside a world of fragile representations and lets all manner of creatures, sculptures and tableaux vivants loose in the Centre for Fine Arts’ Horta Hall.
What better way to honour Yves Klein as we enter the last days of his exhibition at BOZAR.