From CAFA Art News On the afternoon of October 21, 2014, “Master Mould and Copy Room” was unveiled in the CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is hosted by the CAFA Art Museum and has been planned by Professor Hans De Wolf from Vrije University Brussels (VUB) in Belgium. The exhibition powerfully questions several key concepts in Chinese and Western artistic traditions, and introduces a series of Belgian artists who occupy an important position in the world of art history to Chinese audiences, including artists Marcel Broodthaers, Frank Theys, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Didier Vermeiren, Francis Alys, etc., whose works are on show together with several famous Chinese domestic artists Xu Bing, Pan Gongkai, Su Xinping, Song Dong, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, they formed an interesting echo and dialogue.  At 2:30 pm the press conference was held at the VIP meeting room of the CAFA Art Museum. Gao Gao from the Academic Department of CAFA Art Museum hosted the press conference, Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, Wang Huangsheng, Director of CAFA Art Museum, curator of the exhibition Professor Hans De Wolf from Vrije University Brussels (VUB), Director of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin, as well as the exhibiting artists Guillaume Bijl, Frank Theys,

From VUB PRESS An exhibition of the 50th anniversary of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. From October 17, 2019 to December 14, 2019 at the following locations: Pilar (VUB), the Braem Building (VUB) and SeeU - USquare.  The further we penetrate into the still young 21st century, the more we become aware of a compelling paradox that the 20th century has left unresolved: on the one hand, our society becomes almost unbearably rational, with codes and controls, objectives to be achieved and threats, while on the other day after day the news is filled with reports of religious intolerance, of conflicts waged in the name of all kinds of religions and opinions, with populism and 'fake news' being the newest member of the group.  JRSLM – an exhibition with which VUB celebrates its creation 50 years ago – attempts to investigate why this is the case.  And the crux of the story comes down to the fact that all the knowledge available on our campus will never suffice to determine exactly what it takes to make a person truly FREE and strong enough to withstand these challenges. If we want to understand how such individual freedom works, we may well be in need of a mystical

From VUB PRESS For a number of decades now, the old art world in the West has been waking up to the fact that an amazing phenomenon has emerged far away in China and is still winning in force: Chinese artists have been recognized for making important contributions to the globalized art world. Some Europeans try to turn a blind eye to the phenomenon, other show ever have understood the historical change Chinese artists have brought forward and are trying to get them into their systems.  As an exhibition, Chinese Utopias Revisited – The Elephants is neither about denial, nor about the appropriation of Chinese contemporary art. It is the fruit of a unique curatorial approach. Never before has a most exclusive choice of Chinese artists been presented in a major European city, in a fair and open dialogue with colleague artists from all over the world. The effect is most surprising: Chinese artists are no longer distinguished primarily by their Chinese identity but become logical and appreciated contributors to a universal debate called the visual arts. This exhibition is a result of a long line of collaborative programs between the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and also a

From KUNSTLERHAUS BETHANIEN  At the latest after an article in the New York Times announced it to the world, Brussels is considered one of the most important metropolises for contemporary art and allegedly rivals Berlin. The exhibition MIXED FEELINGS brings together for the first time a current selection of works by young artists working in Brussels and shows them in the rooms of the former Tempelhof Airport. The project sees itself as the first in a series of collaborations between the two cities. A Berlin response to Brussels is already being planned.  MIXED FEELINGS deals with a central question: How can cultural identity be rethought and practiced interculturally in our time and under the conditions of globalization and migration?  The works of art presented by the selection of seven artists underscore the status of Brussels as an open center for processes of crossing and crossing cultural borders.  Which confirming or critical impulses the exhibition can send out in the direction of Berlin will be decided solely on the aesthetic quality of the works, which is why the integration of well-known classics such as James Ensor, Marcel Broodthaers, Kris Verdonck, Kendell Geers and Koen Theys represents the abolition of identity boundaries poses a particular challenge.  The

From ATTITUDINE FORMA Alighiero Boetti, George Brecht, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, David Claerbout, Vu Dan Tan Thierry, De Cordier, Wim Delvoye, Lucio Fontana, Michel François, Valérian Goalec, Aukje Koks, Joseph Kosuth, Marcel Mariën, Jan Mast, Hana Miletic, Bruce Nauman, Sonia Niwemahoro, Panamarenko, Kato Six, Walter Swennen, Angel Vergara, Didier Vermeiren, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West  On the occasion of the Days dedicated to the Brussels-Capital Region at the Belgian Pavilion at Expo 2015, the Vrije University of Brussels presents in Milan, from 24 September to 18 October 2015, in the evocative setting of the historic Battaglia Artistic Foundry, an exhibition that challenges the concept of art as beauty.  Curated by Hans M. De Wolf, the exhibition is free to enter and presents the work of twenty-five artists with a historical path that starts from the dawn of conceptual art, passes through established contemporary artists and arrives at the work of eight young Belgian artists, including five women, whose works are presented in the context of the works of those who influenced them.  Duchamp's desecrations are therefore a prelude to Ai Weiwei's hanging stools, and then give way to the ironic provocations of Sonia Niwemahoro, a very young Belgian-Rwandan artist.  Hans De Wolf with the technical collaboration

from CHINADAILY  A Brussels body speech show designed to present some of Brussels' most brilliant contemporary artists will open at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum on September 19. The show, part of the Brussels Days at the ongoing World Expo, will be unveiled by Jean-Luc Vanraes, minister for External Relations of Brussels Capital Region, said Hans de Wolf, curator of the show.  The 20-day show will display works by five Brussels artists, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Frank Theys, David Claerbout, Ann Veronica Janssens and Joelle Tuerlinckx.  "When conceiving the exhibition, we wanted to show some artistic practices and discourses that are strongly connected to the Brussels art scene, but might surprise the people of Shanghai, provoking curiosity," said Wolf.  The exhibition concept is based upon a strong opposition between what could probably be considered the oldest form of human intelligence: 'Dance', with choreography celebrating the format of the human body every day, and a scientific debate known as "transhumanism" championed by mostly American scientists who believe that the challenges of the future will oblige people to modify the format of the human body, even to quit it all together, Wolf said.  The museum will invite the world-renowned Brussels choreographer and dancer Anne Teresa de

From ASIA-EUROPE FOUNDATION Wanderlust is an exhibition project developed in Belgium and realized in close collaboration with Samuso in Seoul. Wanderlust is probably one of the most beautiful words in the German language and is universally understood as referring to a profound desire to leave the conventions of everyday life behind, in order to discover other cultures and other habits. It could be said that Wanderlust is as old as mankind, however it obtained a particular meaning when at the beginning of the 19th century the artists of German romanticism embraced it as a key concept in their struggle against the cold heritage of rationalism and the age of enlightment. The exhibition is focused on five major Belgian visual artists, among whom some of the most influential classical figures in Western art history of the 20th century such as Marcel Broodthaers or Panamarenko. Wanderlust is conceived and curated by Prof. Hans de Wolf from the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Wanderlust is for instance what brought Francis Alys to Mexico City, and although nowadays he is creating his work in such difficult places as Afghanistan (his contribution to Documenta this year), Mexico became his safe haven, and an unlimited source of inspiration for his work; a place where, according

From VUB TODAY What would life be like without corona? That is something that is becoming increasingly difficult for us to imagine today. VUB curator Hans De Wolf is therefore presenting a new exhibition on the USquare campus that will make you forget the pandemic for a while. With the umbrella project 'PARADISE PROJECTS', five different art projects act as if the virus was never there or as if it doesn't matter. With this project, the artists want to offer perspective and utopia after a year of corona. In addition, the exhibition also includes a Marcel Duchamps room and an orb that will remain a secret until its opening on May 28. At the end of the exhibition, to which you are kindly invited, participating artist Honoré d'O will be honored as the first 'Master of Arts' by VUB rector Caroline Pauwels.  The corona pandemic has now ravaged the world for more than a year, but the 'Paradise Projects' are trying to make it forget. Eight visual artists created 5 projects with the essence of Human DNA as the common thread. Each artist questions a different aspect of human nature in his own way. The 'Duchamp room' with a remake of the