Mother Mary and a few balloons: group show ‘Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae’, Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels)

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Shall we start this year off on a lighter note? Although… a lighter note? A gallery show centered around an excerpt from the Ave Maria? Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae? Now and at the hour of our death? With works referring to religion and the virgin Mary? What I mean is this: visiting the new show at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels, through February 11) certainly is a good, not too highbrow way to start your new year of gallery shows. It is a nice collection of 12 works of art, by Wim Delvoye, Kendell Geers, Thierry De Cordier, Thomas Lerooy, Adel Abdessemed, Jonathan Meese, Andra Ursuta and Yan Pei-Ming. All dealing with serious stuff, although not all of them are to be taken that serious, I guess. No sacred atmosphere during the opening, yesterday, that’s for sure: French fries were served to everyone. After all, this is Belgium, right?

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