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.