Maison Particulière, Brussels
Exhibition: January 22 – March 29, 2015
one show: Tectonic Plates, 2013, Charcoal on paper 205 x 120cm
Maison Particulière asbl Rue du Châtelain, 49, 1050 Brussels
To be fascinated by a person, an object or an idea. To be dominated by demanding, sometimes uncontrollable, disturbing and poisonous thoughts. An obsession is intrusive, disturbing, it can lead to carry out ritual and compulsive gestures. Collecting often means to dedicate oneself to a hardly curable habit; on the other hand, the act of creation frequently calls to be dominated by thoughts. Obsession, 13th art exhibit of Maison Particuliere, will definitely not be neutral. Its main interest will remain in the “folie raisonnante” with which artists and collectors daily live.
While choosing works from his sculptural and pictorial oeuvre that fascinate us, Gerard Garouste also imagined his ideal collection – from Marcel Broodthaers to Thierry de Cordier, to only quote the Belgian artists – providing this way an overview of his sensibility, and allowing us an insight into his mind.
The invited collectors along with Gerard Garouste assume their obsessions. They’ve looked in their collection for artworks that show their own obsessions or the recurring characteristics of certain artists that might demonstrate a certain kind of mania. Two literary guests take part in this art exhibition: Francois de Coninck, whose gift for writing and sensibility delight us; and Francois Rachline, because his erudition and friendship with Gerard Garouste seem essential to us in order to unravel the mysteries that surround his work. We are honoured by the participation of these guests in Obsession. It is not only prestige and passion that they bring, but also their trust, friendship, and sincerity.
Artists: Arman; Ophélie Asch; Vanessa Beecroft; Valérie Belin; Hans Bellmer; Ben; Alvin Booth; Michaël Borremans; Sergei Bratkov; Marcel Broodthaers; André Butzer; Sophie Calle; Sandro Chia; Francesco Clemente; John Coplans; Johan Creten; Giorgio de Chirico; Thierry De Cordier; Wim Delvoye; Nathalie Djurberg; Lionel Estève; Jan Fabre; Laura Ford; Michel François; Elizabeth Garouste; Gérard Garouste; Jean Hélion; Jitish Kallat; Kcho; Rachel Kneebone; Zenita Komad; Abdoulaye Konate; Karine Laval; Tony Marsh; Jonathan Meese; Ritsue Mishima; Benjamin Moravec; Barbara Nanning; Helmut Newton; Navid Nuur; Sigmar Polke; Nicolas Provost; Tal R; Arnulf Rainer; Neo Rauch; Gerhard Richter; François Rouan; Michal Rovner; Sterling Ruby; Benjamin Sabatier; Takayuki Sakiyama; Chiharu Shiota; Shouchiku Tanabe; Guido van der Werve; Levi van Veluw; Claude Viallat; Akiyama Yo; Yue Minjun.