It’s a family affair: the Janssen and Janssen ánd Janssen photography collection (Charleroi)

'Lily (Black Eye)' (Ryan McGinley, 2005; courtesy the artist & Team Gallery Inc.)

You’ll probably want to go and see the really important and much talked about ones first. Neo Rauch at Bozar (Brussels), Thomas Bayrle at Wiels and Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys at M HKA (Antwerp). But allow me to draw your attention (didn’t that picture help?) to a much humbler but really fine exhibition, that otherwise might escape your attention. Une affaire de famille (A family affair), at that lovely Musée de la Photographie (Charleroi, through May 12) presents a wonderful selection of photographs from the collections of Belgian art collectors/connoisseurs Stéphane Janssen, and his sons Rodolphe (from Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels) and Sébastien (from Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels). It’s an exhibition that would make many a museum green with envy, with works by Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman, Sally Mann, Lee Freedlander, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Garry Winogrand and Wolfgang Tillmans. Father Stéphane (born into the wealthy Solvay family) has bought more than 1.500 photographs since 1993, but the bulk of this exhibition comes from Rodolphe’s collection.

 

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