• Anne Veronica Janssens, Black Body
    Anne Veronica Jenssens, Black Body
  • Carl De Keyzer, Airshow Presentation of Stealth Bomber
    Carl De Keyzer, Airshow Presentation of Stealth Bomber
  • Carl De Keyzer, Universal Studios Opening
    Carl De Keyzer, Universal Studios Opening
  • Christine Clinckx, Tried to Wash Him Off Me
    Christine Clinckx, Tried to Wash Him Off Me
  • Christine Clinckx, Want to be Loved by You
    Christine Clinckx, Want to be Loved by You
  • Honore D'O Installation
    Honore D'O Installation
  • Honore D'O, Detail of installation
    Honore D'O, Detail of installation
  • Jan Fabre, Man Who Measured the Clouds
    Jan Fabre, Man Who Measured the Clouds
  • Jan Fabre, Man Who Measured the Clouds
    Jan Fabre, Man Who Measured the Clouds
  • Mark Luytens, Untitled (Self Portrait)
    Mark Luytens, Untitled (Self Portrait)
  • Mark Luytens, When I Leave Myself
    Mark Luytens, When I Leave Myself
  • Wim Delvoye, Tatooed Pigs
    Wim Delvoye, Tatooed Pigs

1.The World On Its Head_Revised1The World on Its Head: Contemporary Art from Belgium
October 12 – November 25, 2000
San Francisco Art Institute

This exhibitions included nine established and emerging artists from Belguim who shared an affinity for both the perceptual and the conceptual. Some of their work also reflects the complex intermingling of disparate cultural, linguistic and geo-political factions and chaotic conditions that characterize Belgium today which is why I called the exhibition The World on Its Head, a Flemish proverb referenced by an upside down globe in Pieter Breughel the Elder’s famous painting Flemish Proverbs (1618).

After several curatorial visits to Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent I selected work for the exhibition by both well-established, internationally known artists and those who were well-recognized in Europe, but had not exhibited much in the US. The exhibition included sculpture and video by Christine Clinckx, photographs by Carl DeKeyzer; the Tattooed Pig project by Wim Delvoye (in which two pigs lived on campus for a part of the exhibition); a complex plastic tubular installation by Honore d’O; a monumental bronze sculpture by Jan Fabre (Man Measuring the Sky, perched on the highest part of the SFAI roof) and digital prints by Ann Anne-Mie Van Kerkhoven. Additionally there were several site specific works: neon text sculptures by Marc Luyten, an installation inside the SFAI café by Angel Vergara and Anne Veronica Janssens perceptual mirror work installed on exterior walls and benches covered with heat-sensitive materials that created iridescent body prints.

The 70-page full-color exhibition publication included my own preface to the project, with an introduction by Jan Hoet, then director of the SMAK Museum in Ghent and a guest essay by Johan Pas, a curator based in Antwerp.

Click here for a pdf of the preface and introduction to the book.

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