.From the Collection | Sol LeWitt

11.04 until 14.02.2016

Sol LeWitt (°1928 - +2007, US) was one of the most important minimal and conceptual artists. He was one of the founders of the radical, rationally-oriented aesthetic that was deployed as a reaction to the emotionally-oriented American Expressionism of the 1950s and 1960s. In Minimal Art, the form of the artworks is reduced to the extreme. Conceptual Art went one step further by making the concept or underlying idea of an artwork more important than its beauty or physical form. A major element of both movements is that the artist, as a maker of art, fades into the background.

In 1968, LeWitt began creating his wall drawings: monumental, usually geometric wall drawings that were produced following clear and strict instructions, no longer by the artist but by his assistants. In 1976, S.M.A.K. purchased one of Sol LeWitt's wall drawings: Wall Drawing No.36 / Intersecting Bands of four Colors (Black – Blue – Red – Yellow) from four Directions – 90 cm wide (symmetrically) (1970).

This piece has been executed for the first time since the museum's opening in 1999. It is the beginning of a presentation-in-progress of other works from the 1960s and 1970s out of the S.M.A.K. collection and beyond, and for a number of performances that take the wall drawing as their starting point. In this way, transient forms of exhibition and art will enter into varied relationships with Sol LeWitt’s work, the only constant in this presentation, which is itself also temporary.

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François Morellet, Grilles se déformant, 1965 & René Daniëls, Zonder titel, 1987 (c) Dirk Pauwels
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COLLECTION | Sol LeWitt - Cabinet 6: Ann Veronica Janssens | 31.10.2015… 14.02.2016

The artworks in this focus exhibition were selected by Ann Veronica Janssens to accompany Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing No.36. The main themes of the works Janssens chose from the S.M.A.K. collection are form, light and movement.

Stanley Brouwn, Seven Objects Each 1 Ell, 1997 & Joe Scanlan, Nesting Bookcase, 1995 (c) Dirk Pauwels
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COLLECTION | Sol LeWitt - Cabinet 5: Ayşe Erkmen | 31.10.2015… 14.02.2016

The artworks in this focus exhibition were selected by Ayşe Erkmen in relation to Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing No.36. She chose works from the S.M.A.K. collection which she intuitively considers to be reflections on the role of the artist.

Red Square, Rope Drawing, 2015, paint, rope, courtesy Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin
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COLLECTION | Sol LeWitt - Cabinet 4: Brian O’Doherty | 06.09… 25.10.2015

In relation to Sol LeWitts Wall Drawing Nr.36, S.M.A.K. selected several works of Brian O'Doherty for a fourth cabinet presentation.

Daniel Buren Cabinet (c) Dirk Pauwels
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COLLECTION | Sol LeWitt - Cabinet 2: Daniel Buren | 11.04… 31.08.2015

S.M.A.K. has reconstructed four works by Daniel Buren (1938, France). They were selected with reference to Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing No.36.

Claude Rutault, Gamme de 26 couleurs, 1978, (c) Dirk Pauwels
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COLLECTION | Sol LeWitt - Cabinet 1: Claude Rutault | 11.04… 04.06.2015

To accompany the presentation of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing No.36, the S.M.A.K. delved into its collection and selected Gamme de 26 couleurs (1978) by Claude Rutault ((°1941, France).