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Our country has lost a visionary artist with the passing of Johan van Geluwe.

He belongs to the canon of a country where belgitude has the seriousness of a deadpan joke, or the hilarity of a watertight mathematical formula. Van Geluwe elevated the entire country of Belgium to an art form. He’s the bastard family member of Bruegel, Ensor, Otlet (the Mondaneum), Garcet (the Tower of Eben Ezer), De Ghelderode, Wiertz, Magritte, Broodthaers, Panamarenko, Charlier, … First and foremost this idiosyncratic artist remains the Head Archivist of his own boundless, imaginary museum. At BOZAR, his Museums of Museums took pride of place at La Belgique Visionnaire België. C’est arrivé près de chez nous, the last exhibition devised by Harald Szeeman. Its international appeal stemmed from its fearless locality. Van Geluwe was aglocalist long before the internet or Ryanair. La Belgique Visionnaire remains a reference point for BOZAR. We treasure our memories of a visit to his studio where Johan was a well of stories about art, museums, gardens and war graves. Sire, il n’y a plus de primitifs flamands…


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