Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, Havana (CU)
Opening: 2015/02/13 14:00
Francis Denys, Charif Benhelima, Peter De Cupere, Koen van den Broek
'The Importance of Being...' is an exhibition on contemporary art taking place in several locations in Latin America throughout 2015 and 2016. The project is curated by Sara Alonso Gómez. Bruno Devos is the project director.
Rather than focusing on strictly geographical features or criteria, the exhibition raises questions concerning the polymorphy of the multilingual, transcultural mindset associated with a certain - elusive – Belgian identity.
This highly existential manner of looking at Belgium resulted in the development of the overarching theme of 'Being' itself. It also resulted in the inclusion of several non-Belgian artists, further exemplifying the plurality of discourses and international nature of the artistic proposals. “The Importance of Being ...” gathers 40 artists (born or not in Belgium) offering a vast panorama of contemporary art in the country, without intending to encompass thoroughly. “In this sense, the goal has been to go beyond the notion of Belgium.” The particular 'Belgium' the exhibition is concerned with, is a quasi-abstracted instance, the concept of a decision-making entity with a strong influence on shifting world relations.
Five conceptual trends, each illustrated by a telling quote from the pages of international literature, will outline the ambitions of the exhibition even further.
Special attention is paid to the distinction between 'identity and otherness', the notions of 'space and time', the shifting boundaries between the 'inside and the outside' (exemplified by the concept of the nomadic), and the role of art in a world where a great deal of important notions have come to be under question.