The Moderns. Art during the Great War

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Date 20/09/2014 - 11/01/2015

This is the seventh in a series of exhibitions on The Moderns at Koningin Fabiolazaal, a venue run by the Province of Antwerp. Campaign image Art during the Great War

In the years prior to World War I, the futurist work of Jules Schmalzigaug evoked a sense of progress, speed and technological innovation. The art of Rik Wouters was a celebration of vitality and joie de vivre. But then came the shock of war. This exhibition illustrates the profound impact of this event and its aftermath on art and literature in Belgium. Some artists and writers fled to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, where they came into contact with foreign art movements. Others tried to capture life behind or on the frontline.

The experience of war

Paul van Ostaijen confronted his traumas in the experimental poetry of Bezette Stad and De Feesten van Angst en Pijn. But other writers in Antwerp and Flanders were also deeply affected by the experience of war. This exhibition is built around six central figures, Rik Wouters, Emile Verhaeren, Cyriel Buysse, André de Ridder, Jules Schmalzigaug and Paul van Ostaijen. It explores how each was affected by the Great War.

Visitors guide

Download the visitors guide (PDF, 1,60 MB) or ask for it at the exhibition information desk.

Art during the Great War is part of a series of exhibitions on The Moderns at Koningin Fabiolazaal in Antwerp, organised by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the Province of Antwerp in collaboration with the House of Literature Antwerp and the Provincial Museum Emile Verhaeren.
 

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THE MODERNS. ART DURING THE GREAT WAR

  • Hippolyte Daeye, Serenity (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Hippolyte Daeye, Serenity

  • Paul van Ostaijen, Floris and Oscar Jespers in the studio of Floris Jespers in Mortsel during World War I (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Paul van Ostaijen, Floris and Oscar Jespers in the ...

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

    Jules Schmalzigaug, Light

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

    Ramah, Paul Gustave Van Hecke

  • Title page of De Feesten van Angst en Pijn, a volume of poems by Paul van Ostaijen (1921) (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Title page of De Feesten van Angst en Pijn, a volume of ...

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

    Frans Masereel, The Prophet

  • La Belgique en Guerre, with a contribution by Cyriel Buysse (1918) (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    La Belgique en Guerre, with a contribution by Cyriel ...

  • Georges-Henri Tribout, Verhaeren with walking-cane (click to enlarge; use the escape key to close the window)

    Georges-Henri Tribout, Verhaeren with walking-cane

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