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Art Matters — with Nicolas Bourriaud and Kendell Geers
Arts & Culture

Mon. May 27, 12:15PM

Art Matters — with Nicolas Bourriaud and Kendell Geers

Join Art Matters lunch monthly, curated by Kendell Geers, for a convivial discovery of a personality sharing their knowledge, experience, and why Art Matters.

Art Matters is a masterclass on all matters relating to art with artist Kendell Geers. Each month he invites someone close to his art to a lunchtime talk at The Merode where they will share their knowledge, memories, experience, loves and hates about food, friendship, wine, love and most importantly why Art Matters. 

For the first Art Matters lunch, Kendell Geers is inviting curator and art critic, Nicolas Bourriaud.

Join us for a lunch signed by JML, where Kendell Geers and Nicolas Bourriaud discuss the evolution of Bourriaud's ideas from Relational Aesthetics to the 15th Gwangju Biennale that he is curating for September 2024.

Having met at the 1993 Venice Biennial Nicolas Bourriaud and Kendell Geers have worked together for exhibitions at the Palais Tokyo, Lyon Biennial, Moscow Biennial, Venice Biennial and many more. In 1998 Bourriaud added a chapter to Art History with his book “Relational Aesthetics” describing “artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space.” Throughout his career, Bourriaud has consistently explored art practices based on human relationships and communication, often intersecting with technology, media, and networks.


Nicolas Bourriaud

Nicolas Bourriaud is a curator and art critic. Bourriaud has a strong theoretical foundation and extensive experience in curating large-scale exhibitions such as Tate Triennial 2009, Taipei Biennale 2014, and Istan-bul Biennale 2019. He founded and co-directed the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (1999-2006). He was Gulbenkian Curator for Contemporary Art at Tate Britain in London (2007 to 2010). In 2022, he curated PLANET B. Climate change and the new sub-lime, Palazzo Bollani, Venice for Radicants, an international curatorial cooperative which he created earlier the same year.


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers is a pivotal figure in contemporary African art, whose powerful works explore themes of identity, resistance, and the complex legacies of history. Born in apartheid-era South Africa, Geers' journey from a working-class family to an artist in exile has profoundly shaped his unique artistic language, defying simple categorization. Geers gained international recognition early in his career, with notable participation in the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale and Documenta 11 in 2002, curated by the esteemed Okwui Enwezor. In 2013, Enwezor further cemented Geers' significance by curating his retrospective at the prestigious Haus der Kunst in Munich. Now based in Brussels, Geers continues to push artistic boundaries, creating works that resonate globally while remaining firmly rooted in his African identity and experiences.

last seats available

Mon. May 27, 12:15PM
Mon. May 27, 2:00PM
A Seat at the Table
Guest allowed?
Yes, 1 per member
34.99€ incl. VAT


Place Poelaert, 6
1000 Brussels
Parking Poelaert, Place Poelaert 1000 Brussels

Detailed program

Mon. May 27, 12:15PM
Lunch and conversation
Mon. May 27, 12:30PM
Mon. May 27, 2:00PM

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