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RECALL SCULPTURE. Sculptures from the collection of the KMSKA

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Date 28/10/2017 - 18/03/2018

RECALL SCULPTURE is an exhibition of table-top sculptures from the 1950s to the 1970s. The works come from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), and were purchased at the biennials the Middelheim Museum organised since its inception. 

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These 41 table-top sculptures bear witness to the renewed creative and artistic freedom discovered by post-war artists. Figurative, abstract or informal; heavily burdened or light as a feather; within or outside an artistic movement; reacting to society or detached from any referential framework: the small sculptures of RECALL SCULPTURE are also and above all a forerunner of contemporary art.

The works of Pietro Consagra (1920-2005), Arnoldo Pomodoro (born 1926), Francesco Somaini (1926-2005), Elisabeth Schaar (1908-1975), Bernhard Heiliger (1915-1995), Marino Marini (1901-1980) and others are therefore displayed in a perfect setting in the Middelheim. And in a way, they are also coming home for a while

Cross-pollination

On 1 June 1950, the International Exhibition of Sculpture 1900-1950 opened in Antwerp’s Middelheim Park. The idea quickly arose of making the exhibition permanent in the form of an open-air museum for sculpture, the current Middelheim Museum. As well as leading to the idea of a permanent collection, the successful exhibition of 1950 in the Middelheim Park also gave rise to a plan for periodic presentations. These ‘international exhibitions of sculpture’, held every two years, became known as the Middelheim Biennials from 1953 onwards. 

For the KMSKA, the Middelheim Biennials were an equally important source of information and inspiration. At these successive two-yearly events, the KMSKA acquired about forty table-top sculptures. In addition, the museum gave out a number of large sculptures from its own collection on long-term loan to the Middelheim – iconic works such as Rik WoutersHet zotte geweld and Auguste Rodin’s Balzac. These masterpieces have remained among the Middelheim Museum’s most important works until the present day.

Curator of the exhibition is Greta Van Broeckhoven, conservator of 20th century art, KMSKA.

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