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1.Apr.2023 - 10.Sep.2023

Grace Ndiritu Healing The Museum

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Healing The Museum is the first mid-career retrospective dedicated to Grace Ndiritu’s diverse artistic practice. Performance, film, social actions, publications, textile work and research into museum collections are all part of this multi-layered exhibition project, in which she argues for the re-energization and ethicalization of the museum space and, by extension, the whole society.

Intrigued by the question of what 'embodied architecture' might mean, the artist conceived the exhibition as a journey through space and time, incorporating a personal architectural design entitled The Spiritual Overlay. The journey ends at The Temple, an architectural structure intended for a critical collection presentation but also a spiritual space for encounter, transformation and healing.

The exhibition Healing The Museum is part of the long-term research project of the same name in response to the spiritual decline in cultural institutions and its artist residency at S.M.A.K.

A variety of activities will take place during the exhibition: from slow art day, meditation with pregnant women to lectures.

  • Press conference : Thursday 30 March 2023 at 11:00

To January 2024, FOMU (Antwerp) will show Grace Ndiritu Reimagines The FOMU Collection, a wide-ranging, personal selection of works from the museum’s holdings including her own work, curated by the artist.

22.Apr.2023 - 10.Sep.2023

Haegue Yang Several Reenactments

Haegue Yang, 'Sonic Female Natives', 2023 (detail)
Haegue Yang, Sonic Female Natives, 2023 (detail). Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Studio Haegue Yang.

S.M.A.K. is the first museum in Belgium to present a solo exhibition by internationally renowned artist Haegue Yang.

Haegue Yang's fascinating and sophisticated artistic practice includes works on paper, photography, video, sound art and text in addition to large sculptures and installations. Her works are also distinguished by their formal agility and their capacity to convey various ideas, histories, perceptions and emotions. The central hall is occupied by seventeen sculptural units titled Warrior Believer LoverVersion Sonic (2023).

  • Press conference : Thursday 20 April 2023 at 11:00

7.Oct.2023 - 3.Mar.2024

Jan Van Imschoot The End Is Never Near

Jan Van Imschoot
Jan Van Imschoot, L’échange des bêtises, 2021. Courtesy Templon, Paris, Brussels, New York Photo: Kristien Daem

With 'The End Is Never Near', S.M.A.K. brings a first comprehensive retrospective of this Belgian painter. Some 90 paintings are brought together from his early days until today.

Van Imschoot's work is built around historical themes from literature and art history. It bridges predecessors such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Goya, Manet, and others. The artist engages in an ongoing dialogue with the past, often focusing, with a dose of cynicism, on phenomena or figures on the margins of contemporary society.

Curator: Dieter Roelstraete.

  • Press conference : Thursday 5 October 2023 at 11:00

More in S.M.A.K.

  • Apr.2023
    • Guy Rombouts transforms the wondrous word ‘oei’ into a total installation at S.M.A.K.
  • May.2023 - From the Collection
    • Pieter Engels
    • Matthys-Colle
    • Motel Corona, relance purchases Flemish Government 2021
  • 2.Dec.2023 - europalia georgia
    • The first museum solo exhibition of Georgian artist Karlo Kacharava ( 1964 – 1994 ) outside Georgia.
  • Permanent

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