By the time you read this, it’s already over: ‘Nu dans une bouteille’, exhibition for one day
As pop-up store seems to be the key word in the fashion business (cfr. A.F. Vandevorst’s Gustav in Knokke), it was only natural that the art scene would follow suit. But as Matthieu Ronsse assured me today, that was the least of his thoughts. The Belgian artist (who’s represented by Brussels gallery Almine Rech) is living and working in the small, picturesque village of Mullem, these days. As he discovered that the house he is living in was once used as a gallery ánd that Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers had an exhibition there in 1967, he decided to do something special, on the occasion of some local festivities held in that tiny village of Mullem every year (the so-called Valiezenkoers). So he cleared out his stuff and with the help of some art loving friends put up an exhibition for just one day and one day only: Nu dans une bouteille. In the lovely country house they hung up works by, amongst others, Thierry De Cordier, Francesca Woodward and Jan Vercruysse. The contrast couldn’t have been any bigger, between the art loving happy few in that little castle and the people in the streets of Mullem (Belgian politicians Herman and his son Alexander De Croo, for instance) watching that bicycle race. But anyway: pop-up exhibition? Nice one. Who’s next?