Four seasons in one garden: Ugo Rondinone in Deurle

Summer’s here. New York has Miranda July and what will we get? That’s what I wrote a couple of weeks ago (read here). Well, for starters: we are having Ugo Rondinone. Last Sunday Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens unveiled its summer exhibition Beyond the sublime (and Belgian artists Jan De Cock and Koen van den Broek were among the guests checking it out that day). As an extra, the museum is presenting Rondinone’s Sunrise east in its garden. The twelve sculptures by the Swiss artist were already on display in Paris, last autumn, at the Jardin des Tuileries (for the Festival d’Automne). The totem-like figures each represent one month of the year, in an evocation of the cycle of seasons, of the eternal return of the same (close-ups here). I wasn’t really swept away by Beyond the sublime, which presents paintings by Gustave Van de Woestyne, Gerhard Richter, Lucio Fontana and Christopher Wool, but do let Sunrise east seduce you to go to that lovely village of Deurle/Sint-Martens-Latem on a nice summer’s day nonetheless. There’s also a second part of Beyond the sublime on view at the Roger Raveel Museum. (through September 19th)


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