Roger Ballen - Ronny Delrue

Opening    : Wednesday 13 November at 18:00
Exhibition : Thursday 14 November → Saturday 14 March

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:30:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:30:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:30:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:30:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:30:00 - 18:00
Place Sainte-Catherine, 44 - 1000 Brussels map

The Theater of the Ballenesque, the first Brussels major show of artist Roger Ballen, includes photographs, videos and installations in situ, and also blends in some of the artist’s graphic interventions. Roger Ballen is indisputably one of the most important photographers of his generation. Born in New York in 1950, he has lived and worked in South Africa for more than 30 years. His work has been collected and exhibited in Tate Britain (UK), Rijksmuseum (NL), MoMA (New York, US) and in the Museum Dr. Guislain (Ghent, BE), etc. The Theater of the Ballenesque invites visitors to a completely immersive journey in the universe of the artist. Spectators will be able to fully experience the richness and density of a complex work that explores the meanders of the human spirit. Having graduated in psychology and then geology, Roger Ballen decided to explore the depth of the human mind through the means of photography. Under the impulsive hand and the methodological eye of the artist, components emerge, becoming the elements of a theatre of the absurd: the Ballenesque. This exploration of the unconscious is also at the origin of the exhibition Correspondences in which the Belgian artist Ronny Delrue will present his photographs, in dialogue with those of Roger Ballen, enhanced by his drawings and photomontages of the two artists. The two projects at CENTRALE are the result of unprecedented collaborations with major Belgian institutions: Ancienne Belgique and SMAK (Ghent). As part of the forty years of the concert hall of Ancienne Belgique will be held the concert of the internationally renowned South African group Die Antwoord, with whom Roger Ballen collaborates regularly, among others for the video I fink you freeky, which enjoyed millions of views on Internet. Roger Ballen will provide an artistic intervention to the group’s performance of November 25, 2019 at AB. Finally, the exhibition Correspondences by Ronny Delrue, presented in parallel at SMAK, will also include collaborations with Roger Ballen. Atonement, 2019 © Roger Ballen, in collaboration with Ronny Delrue and Marguerite Rossouw PRATICAL INFORMATION Roger Ballen – The Theater of the Ballenesque Curators : Carine Fol & Stéphane Roy Ronny Delrue – Roger Ballen – Correspondences Curators : Carine Fol & Philippe Van Cauteren In collaboration with SMAK Vernissage : 13.11.2019 Exhibition : 14.11.2019 > 14.03.2020 CENTRALE for contemporary art Place Sainte-Catherine 44, 1000 Brussels WED > SUN 10:30 > 18:00 ———————————————————— Correspondences, in parallel at SMAK Vernissage : 18.10.2019 Exhibition : 18.10.2019 > 19.01.2020 SMAK Jan Hoetplein 1, 9000 Ghent TUE > FRI 9:30 > 17:30 SAT > SUN 10:00 > 18:00 ———————————————————— Concert Die Antwoord 25.11.2019, 20:00 Ancienne Belgique Boulevard Anspach 110, 1000 Brussels