All of the Above, 2011-2020

Exhibition : Thursday 24 September → Sunday 27 December

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
Friday 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 11:00 - 19:00
Sunday 11:00 - 19:00
Square Sainctelette, 21 - 1000 Brussels map

All of the Above, the brainchild of John M Armleder, was inspired by memories of two exhibitions. As a child the artist visited the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and had the surprising sensation that it was not he and his family who were observing the sarcophagi, but the sarcophagi that were observing them. He also remembers visits to temples in Asia where the characters and the statues seemed to be watching the spectators as they walked through the entrance. All of the Above literally positions visitors right opposite works by around 40 artists. Laid out on a huge platform, these works jostle alongside and behind and in front of the other pieces and form a landscape that visitors can explore from a distance. The choice of the diverse range of works means that creations from the sixties mingle with more recent pieces, resulting in a mix of geographic origins, media and formats. In the same way as None of the Above (presented in parallel at the SR2), All of the Above is based on a gesture that is both simple and yet radical: the artist aligns the works on a structure. Installed rather liberally, they seem to be almost chaotic, representing a subjective and temporary collection. The stage an open space, potential, confronts the notions of permanence and fixedness that are all too often associated with museum collections. The works are thus brought back to their living, active dimension. And it is no coincidence that Armleder likes to remind us that, for him, "producing a painting, putting on a performance or an exhibition are all the same in a way”. Richard Aldrich, Carl Andre, Lisa Beck, Wallace Berman, Gregory Bourrilly, Chris Burden, Valentin Carron, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Bruce Conner, Isabelle Cornaro, Stéphane Dafflon, Philippe Decrauzat, David Diao, Emilie Ding, Sylvie Fleury, Christian Floquet, Poul Gernes, John Giorno, Dan Graham, Wade Guyton, Fabrice Gygi, Peter Halley, Gregor Hildebrandt, Ann Veronica Janssens, Scott King, Stéphane Kropf, Alix Lambert, Olivier Mosset, Virginia Overton, Laurent Pache, Mai- Thu Perret, Ugo Rondinone, Dieter Roth, Peter Schuyff, John Tremblay, Blair Thurman, Xavier Veilhan