Following the 150th anniversary of Belgian artist James Ensor, ING Belgium, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) and the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR) will join forces to shed new light on the work of the Ostend painter at the espace culturel ING in Brussels.
Ensor revealed will put together drawings and paintings to clarify the thinking of the strong-willed artist and the genesis of his masterpieces. The exhibition will be based on a selection of the internationally renowned Ensor collection of the KMKSA. It will be complemented by paintings and drawings on loan from local and international public and private owners. Herwig Todts, scientific officer at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and eminent Ensor expert is the exhibition's curator.
A key to the artist's works
Ensor revealed will allow the visitor to take a look at the artist's studio and will use three themes to explain his way of thinking and his artistic evolution. First, the exhibition will show that Ensor was one of the most important 19th century European realist painters. The exhibition will also focus on the most original and innovative part of Ensor's work: his famous grotesque representations and mask scenes. Last but not least Ensor revealed will display some treasures that have rarely been shown: drawings, pictures, documents, school exercise books and almost-indecipherable rough drafts or thoughts scribbled onto paper that are often the key to Ensor's well-known works.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue. Furthermore ING Belgium has commissioned a film from the Gemsel production house explaining the relationship between Ensor's drawings and his paintings.
Complementing the Ensor exhibition at the ING Cultural Centre, Bozar, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, will present another facet of the artist. The exhibition Ensor, a composer and writer will display a collection of autographs, publications, documents and photographs which will reveal the depth and prodigious nature of a highly colourful personality.
Ensor revealed is a cooperation between ING Belgium, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), Bozar and the Flemish Art Collection.
The exhibition is supported by the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union.