Romain Van Wissen
Who is in the House
The exhibition “Who is in the House” is presenting the East Belgian painter Romain Van Wissen in his first solo show at a museum. More than fifty of his paintings as well as three new spectacular installations will be on display at the IKOB. The installation “I believe I can fly” (2017) is clearly the highlight of the exhibition; it shows the world-view of the artist in the form of a panorama.
Van Wissen combines realism and abstraction with Pop Art elements. He has advanced to a status as one of the East Belgian / Wallonian artists most in demand. The contents of his paintings derive their strong-willed and mysterious power from sources in art history and popular culture. Moreover, Van Wissen has developed an unmistakable visual language in which he deliberately contrasts muted colours with glaring neon tones and combines realistic landscape depictions with abstract coloured surfaces.
As a special event at the opening, the internationally acclaimed musician Pierre Bastien will appear at the IKOB. The performance has been made possible in cooperation with the music festival MEAKUSMA, which is occurring at the same time in the Alter Schlachthof.