Artist talk & book presentation: Peter Downsbrough | Sunday 17 March 2019 - 4 pm

Artist talk

The work ‘5.50 I 3.10, Two Pipes’ (1974) by Peter Downsbrough was recently acquired by the S.M.AK. collection and permanently installed in front of the museum building.

Since the 1970s, Peter Downsbrough (b. 1940, New Brunswick) has developed a strong visual language that he deploys to explore the space in a precise and personal way. His early work consisted of minimal spatial interventions with vertical metal bars, ‘Two Pipes’ and ‘Two Poles’. He gradually expanded his visual vocabulary with lines, words and fields. These elements stand alone, are combined, or enter into dialogue with architectural or urban elements. A visual interaction between the work and its context or environment is therefore established. A logic that the artist also carries through to models, videos, artists’ books and work on paper.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Streitberger is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Catholic University of Leuven (UCL) and director of the Lieven Gevaert Centre for Photography. In 2011, he published the book Shifting Places. Peter Downsbrough – The Photographs. In an artist talk he explores Peter Downsbrough’s work in greater depth and arrives at a contemporary interpretation. The new book 5.50 I 3.10, Two Pipes will also be presented to the public for the first time.

Practical details:

  • Sunday 17 March 2019 at 4 pm
  • In English
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