All you need is… two straight lines, a circle and a red triangle (Walter Swennen’s ‘Le Grand Mogol’ at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels)

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A couple of straight black lines, a circle and a red triangle. Sometimes you don’t need much. I must have stared for at least 15 minutes at Le Grand Mogol (2014), the centre piece of Walter Swennen‘s show at Xavier Hufkens (Brussels, last day today; his first since his retrospective at Wiels). With that big belly and those two tiny black feet, a painting a child could have made. It’s these sort of encounters that bring me back to art. That reconcile me with a world that seems to have been taken over by numbers, by fairs, auctions and collectors, with a world that seems to have become an other world than the one that made me hooked to contemporary art. In this particular case, there’s a simplicity, a sense of poetry and unobtrusiveness that really appeals to me. In that way, it reminded me of Cathy Wilke‘s show at the same gallery earlier this year, comprising one work that made an equally strong impression. (images: courtesy Xavier Hufkens, Brussels)

 

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