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The Moderns. Art during the Great War

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Date 20/09/2014 - 13/01/2015

This is the seventh in a series of exhibitions on The MODERNS at Koningin Fabiolazaal, a venue run by the Province of Antwerp.

Before the Great War, the futuristic work of Jules Schmalzigaug exuded a sense of progress, speed and technology, and the art of Rik Wouters was a celebration of vigour and vitality. Then came the shock of war, the waves of which would continue to ripple through art and literature for years to come. Some artists and writers fled to the Netherlands or Great Britain, where they came into contact with foreign movements. Others stayed at home, capturing life on and behind the frontline. Paul van Ostaijen gave expression to his traumas in the books of experimental poetry Bezette Stad and De Feesten van Angst en Pijn. Other authors and artists from Antwerp and Flanders were equally deeply affected by the carnage. This exhibition testifies to the impact of the Great War on the lives and work of six authors and artists, including Rik Wouters, Emile Verhaeren and Paul van Ostaijen.

Logo's Provincie Antwerpen, KMSKA, Letterenhuis, Provinciaal Museum Emile Verhaeren en Antwerpen '14-'18

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Les Modernes. L'art pendant la Grande Guerre

  • Hippolyte Daeye, Nu aux bras croisés (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Hippolyte Daeye, Nu aux bras croisés

  • Paul van Ostaijen, Floris en Oscar Jespers dans l’atelier de Floris Jespers à Mortsel pendant  la Première Guerre mondiale (1918)  (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Paul van Ostaijen, Floris en Oscar Jespers dans ...

  • Jules Schmalzigaug, Fromes lumineuses (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Jules Schmalzigaug, Fromes lumineuses

  • Ramah, Paul Gustave Van Hecke (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Ramah, Paul Gustave Van Hecke

  • Page du titre de De Feesten van Angst en Pijn, recueil de poèmes de Paul van Ostaijen (1921)  (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Page du titre de De Feesten van Angst en Pijn, recueil ...

  • Frans Masereel, Le prophète (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Frans Masereel, Le prophète

  • La Belgique en Guerre, avec une contribution de Cyriel Buysse (1918)  (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    La Belgique en Guerre, avec une contribution de Cyriel ...

  • Georges-Henri Tribout, Verhaeren met wandelstok (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Georges-Henri Tribout, Verhaeren met wandelstok

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