The Jewish Museum of Belgium opens its doors for a new exhibition devoted to the iconic American artist, as well as to Galila Barzilai Hollander’s collection

The Jewish Museum of Belgium is pleased to welcome TheMerode members to discover their new exhibition devoted to the American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) and the exhibition Paper works from Galila Barzilai Hollander’s collection. The visit of the exhibition will be held by curator and director Barbara Cuglietta and president Philippe Blondin and followed by a drink.

Step Inside The World of Sol LeWitt

Through a unique selection of Wall Drawings, works on paper, gouaches, structures and archives dating from the 1960s to the 2000s, Sol Lewitt’s exhibition aims to highlight diversity and unity in his prolific production. It will present a double “first”: an exploration of his Jewish heritage and an investigation of his links with Belgium. It will also be accompanied by the launch of the new Sol LeWitt application created by Microsoft, for users to further explore the artist’s world. 

Sol LeWitt was an iconic American artist whose work helped to establish both Minimalism and Conceptual Art. LeWitt’s practice was based primarily within his own intellect, establishing a rubric of formal instructions which his assistants followed to create the works. Some of the artist’s most integral pieces are his Wall Drawings, in which he explored myriad variations of applying drawn lines onto walls. 

“When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art,” he wrote in his seminal 1967 essay Paragraphs on Conceptual Art.

The second part of the visit will lead us to “Works on Paper” exhibition that offers an incursion into the teeming world of Galila Barzilai Hollander, a Belgian collector born in Tel Aviv. For fifteen years, this extraordinary personality has been assembling works of contemporary art in a collection that tells the story of his own story: implicit in the works brought together, there is an imperious desire to reinvent himself. As he put it: “A collection is a state of mind.” 

We will then enjoy a brief introduction to the Museum’s architectural project followed by a conversation over a glass.


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