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Brussels' Art & Marges outsider art museum turns 10

21:43 01/10/2020
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Brussels’ museum of outsider art, Art & Marges, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Part of the museum’s 4,000-piece colletion has become a backdrop for the work of 10 invited artists who have created installations, be they sound, visual, literary or culinary, inspired by the displayed works of art. The show is called Embrasez-vous (Set yourself ablaze), a play on the expression Embrassez-vous (Hug each other) and its aim is to set our senses ablaze with incandescent art.

“The artists are giving us another point of view on works in our collection,” says museum director Tatiana Veress. “For instance, we have in our collection detailed fantasy maps created with felt pens and paper by artist Jeroen Hollander. Textile artist Cécile Hupin has taken one of those maps and woven a rug in its image and accessorised it with wooden toy trains creating a three-dimensional piece from a two-dimensional source.

“During the six months of the exhibition different projects will evolve as students from art schools will also dance, perform and create installations.”

There is also a book being published for the occasion, which features 200 of the museum’s pieces. “We show the works in the collection with very beautiful pictures," says Veress.

"But it’s also really a book that says something about the philosophy of the museum, which tells about the specificity of Belgium. We had the idea of making a dynamic book with anecdotes, with poetic texts, and with more theoretical texts.” 

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Written by Richard Harris