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Quinten Ingelaere - 'Queeste in Tantan'

Exhibition
Thursday 03 June → Saturday 10 July

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday Closed
Avenue de Stalingrad, 26 - 1000 Brussels map

For Ingelaere (b. 1985), it is a sense of nostalgia for both the pictorial traditions of old and modern masters that creates the mental space required to excite an inventive imagination. Poised between fantasy and apparent verisimilitude, the ‘picture perfect’ qualities of Ingelaere's still-life-like paintings invariably collide with an unavoidable pictorial confusion. The question 'how was this painting made?', then, unfailingly turns into 'do I see what I think I see? Is nothing what it seems?’ "Untitled", tantan from the Kwartsiet series also resembles a painted 'thing', a small pebble of sorts. The painting appears to be inspired by the Venus of Tan-Tan, a miniature stone statue measuring only six centimetres, which was unearthed by archaeologists near the Moroccan city of Tan-Tan in 1999. The academic debate continues to this day: is this truly a man-made idol? Or is it an ordinary stone that, shaped by the ravages of time, happens to resemble a human form? It is not surprising that Ingelaere is intrigued by the story: do we see what we want to see? Does our perception sometimes play tricks on us? Is nothing what it seems?