The complicated art of wrapping: ‘inGewikkeld’ in Hasselt

Promises, promises, is what that Belgian eighties band Allez Allez once sang. The press release for inGewikkeld, a new exhibition at an unusual place in Hasselt, sure looked promising. The curators managed to get hold of works of art by Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Christo, Koen Vanmechelen, Marcel Broodthaers, Arne Quinze and many others. ‘inGewikkeld’ (which means complicated as well as wrapped) wants to bring together ancient as well as contemporary views on the process of wrapping. The curators took their cue from shrouded mediaeval skulls that are being kept at Hasselt’s cathedral. Admittedly, the location for this temporary exhibition is impressive: an ancient convent, with lots of narrow corridors and tiny rooms. But as a whole ‘inGewikkeld’ is a letdown. Too many mediocre works of art. It seemed to me that the big names merely function as a means to get attention; it’s not so much about the works themselves. Go and look for Christo and you’ll find two drawings, go and look for works of art by sculptor Berlinde de Bruyckere and you’ll find just two drawings too, in one of those small rooms along those corridors. Promises, promises. (‘inGewikkeld’, Clarissenklooster, Hasselt, till August 29. More info here.)

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