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Walter Swennen

The Kasterlee Case

period: 04.07.2021 → 29.08.2021

In the first half of 2021, Belgian artist Walter Swennen spent two months in the Frans Masereel Centrum, preparing for his solo exhibition ‘The Kasterlee Case’.

The aptly chosen title immediately puts us on the wrong track. Much more than a story, or a concept, the exhibition is an excerpt from Swennen’s life. The factual case, namely the lack of a plot, thus becomes a pars pro toto for the entire artistic practice of the artist, who is not easily caught.

Visual and literary quotations create an illusion of meaning, recognition and support. As in his paintings, you notice in the exhibited works on paper that this is only a feint, and sometimes an excuse. The humour present reinforces the insight that there are several ways of looking at something.

Apart from brand new works on paper and an artist publication, the exhibition also includes works from 1965 that are now being printed and presented for the first time. The exhibition thus spans Walter Swennen’s artistic practice from 1965, when he was still studying at the Royal Academy in Brussels, to mid-2021 – but only in a literal sense. The gaping void in between might just be read as meaningful.

Every paying visitor receives a copy of the artist’s publication ‘Vrienden, Buren & Vijanden’ (2021) on entry. For children between 5 and 14 an additional creative assignment has been developed.

Friday-Sunday (13-17h)
Entrance: 5 Euros (free: -18 years, ICOM)

To ensure a calm and safe visit, we ask you to purchase your tickets online.

Artist Talk: SUN 25.07 (2 pm)
Please join us for an exceptional conversation between artists Walter Swennen and Patrick Verelst. Verelst, a good friend and valued discussion partner for some time now, will talk with Swennen about the exhibition and the preceding residency, as well as about Walter Swennen’s extensive artistic practice.

You can purchase your ticket for the Artist Talk here.

In the first half of 2021, Belgian artist Walter Swennen spent two months in the Frans Masereel Centrum, preparing for his solo exhibition ‘The Kasterlee Case’.

The aptly chosen title immediately puts us on the wrong track. Much more than a story, or a concept, the exhibition is an excerpt from Swennen’s life. The factual case, namely the lack of a plot, thus becomes a pars pro toto for the entire artistic practice of the artist, who is not easily caught.

Visual and literary quotations create an illusion of meaning, recognition and support. As in his paintings, you notice in the exhibited works on paper that this is only a feint, and sometimes an excuse. The humour present reinforces the insight that there are several ways of looking at something.

Apart from brand new works on paper and an artist publication, the exhibition also includes works from 1965 that are now being printed and presented for the first time. The exhibition thus spans Walter Swennen’s artistic practice from 1965, when he was still studying at the Royal Academy in Brussels, to mid-2021 – but only in a literal sense. The gaping void in between might just be read as meaningful.

Every paying visitor receives a copy of the artist’s publication ‘Vrienden, Buren & Vijanden’ (2021) on entry. For children between 5 and 14 an additional creative assignment has been developed.

Friday-Sunday (13-17h)
Entrance: 5 Euros (free: -18 years, ICOM)

To ensure a calm and safe visit, we ask you to purchase your tickets online.

Artist Talk: SUN 25.07 (2 pm)
Please join us for an exceptional conversation between artists Walter Swennen and Patrick Verelst. Verelst, a good friend and valued discussion partner for some time now, will talk with Swennen about the exhibition and the preceding residency, as well as about Walter Swennen’s extensive artistic practice.

You can purchase your ticket for the Artist Talk here.

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