The Raft – Art is (not) Lonely

In 2014 we said goodbye to Belgian curator Jan Hoet. Hoet gave Ghent its SMAK and he put the artists and art scene of Belgium in the international spotlight. His last exhibition was to be an ode to the sea, a source of inspiration for many artists. The Sea became a tribute to Jan Hoet, with grand gestures and small stories, a salut d’honneur.
On 22 October a follow-up exhibition can be seen at Mu.zee, wtih the raft taking centre stage.
The raft. Kunst is (niet) eenzaam / The Raft Art is (not) Lonely is about the vessel and the rapture of art. In this exhibition, curator Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos show the many facets of the sea and the town. Starting point was a through research into the Raft of the Medusa (1818) by Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre’s utopian raft from Kunst is (niet) eenzaam (1986).  In spite of a time gap of 170 years and two completely different histories, Fabre creates a dialogue between the two pieces. The contemporary artists who can be seen in this exhibition, used this dialogue as their inspiration. The result is an opinionated take on the raft through new and older work.
The exhibition runs from 22 October 2017 to 15 April 2018, at Mu.ZEE and on various locations throughout the town: the court of law, the Dominican church, the Royal Loge, the Delvaux room, Villa Maritza… which all open their doors specially for this occasion.

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Jan Hoet and his portrait painted by Marlene Dumas – picture by Stefan Vanfleteren

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Left: The Raft Of The Medusa painted by Théodore Géricault in 1818
Right: Art is (not) lonely by Jan Fabre 1986

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Left: The Children’s Hospital – Installation by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at The Raft Art is (not) Lonely
Right: Altar – sculpture by Kris Martin for The Sea-salut d’honneur Jan Hoet

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Left: inside view of Mu.ZEE
Right: Blue Bord – sketch by Jan Fabre exposed at The Sea-salut d’honneur Jan Hoet

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