MAISON PARTICULIÈRE, Rue du Châtelain 49, 1050 Brussel (BE)
From ‘icône’ in French to ‘icon’ in English, from holy image to visual sign, from the sacred and venerated image to the symbol, this fourteenth exhibit at Maison Particulière explores both the intellectual significance and the emblematic figures of icons.
Spanning eras and styles, sweeping across the tastes and loves of each and every one, Icon(s) also seeks to be seen as iconoclastic. Rare is the exhibit where religious icons are found side by side with cartoon strips and contemporary art, which explains why the word Icon(s) is presented in both singular and plural form. Plural, because religious icons (Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist) are presented with major, towering figures from both modern and ancient history, master thinkers, and mythological or cartoon heroes. Singular, because these icons share a point in common: the power of the image, the “active presence” that incarnates “the deepest soul” of mankind*.
Maison Particulière is fond of unusual ideas that bear witness to the personal visions of its guests: the collectors, the artist, and the literary guest. Every guest has provided “personal commentary” on Icon(s).
For Icon(s), the guest artistic duo Pierre et Gilles intentionally and spontaneously selected a mixture of genres “found in popular Indian culture,” where, interspersed among the postcard stands, are Hindu gods, Catholic saints, Bruce Lee, and JFK. What a lovely excursion into their imagination.
Augmenting the works by Pierre and Gilles are the works of art selected by four art-collecting couples, each with different sensibilities, yet linked by one shared passion.
Every one of them has enriched the significance of Icon(s) through their personal visions and selection of emblematic works, like a snapshot of their collection.
Icon(s) is an outright emotional experience. Within the walls of Maison Particulière, the emotions aroused are many, the approach is all encompassing, and the pleasure is complete. This was our experience as we conceived this exhibit, and we hope the same will hold true for you.
Myriam et Amaury de Solages
(*)René Huyghe, Dialogue avec le visible, 1955