‘Verboden boven de 18’ is an initiative by the ‘Muka Studio & Gallery’ from Auckland in New Zealand, which specialises in lithography and was set up by the Flemish couple Magda Van Gils and Frans Baetens. Well-known contemporary artists from every corner of the world have made litho prints specially for a young audience. 16 Belgian artists have also participated over the years. This time, we exhibit three artworks by each of them: Guillaume Bijl, Chantal Chapelle, Jacques Charlier, Leo Copers, Luc Deleu, Michel François, Ann Veronica Janssens, Jus Juchtmans, Johan Tahon, Christophe Terlinden, Luc Tuymans, Sven ’t Jolle, Koen van den Broek, Jan Van Imschoot, Annemie Van Kerckhoven and Joke van Leeuwen.
We are inviting the youthful visitors not only to give their eyes a treat, but also to learn about lithography. About their favourite artwork, we ask them to put into words what it is that most enthrals them and why, and what title they imagine would suit it. What is more, these young viewers can buy one or more artworks at an affordable price. When making a purchase they will not be influenced by adults, but will be guided by a member of the museum staff. To make everything more exciting, the names of the artists will not be mentioned in the exhibition. It is only when the purchased artworks are delivered to the young art collectors by airmail that they will find out who made the work they chose.
As an extra for this final exhibition of ‘Verboden boven de 18’, several large lithos by Belgian artists are being shown. Visitors over 18 are admitted to this section. ‘Muka’ is donating these lithos to S.M.A.K.
- Opening times
- Saturday 24/8 to Saturday 31/8 (except Monday), from 10 to 6.
- From Sunday 1/9 to Sunday 29/9 open only on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 to 6 and on Wednesdays from 1.30 to 5.30.
- During the last hour of the exhibition, from 5 to 6 pm on Sunday 29/9, those adults who cannot contain their curiosity can also take a look, but sales will already have closed by then.
- At 11 am on Sunday 8 September, Philippe Van Cauteren, the artistic director of S.M.A.K., will talk to the initiators Frans Baetens and Magda Van Gils.
 ‘Muka’ is a Maori word with the general meaning of ‘everything that brings people together’ and, more specifically, ‘the medium through which a spirit or an idea communicates with people’. Maori is the language of the original inhabitants of New Zealand.