Ton Slits, Untitled, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 160 cm, ©Ton Slits
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Benoît Jacquemin, Palimpseste, 2019, series of eight black and white inkjet prints, laminating on 18 mm wide MDF boards, 150 x 100 cm, ©Benoît Jacquemin
Foto: Ludoviv Beillard

21.06.–01.11.2020

UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES
The New Additions to the IKOB Collection and Guests

There are always certain circumstances which exercise a determining influence on a collection to a far greater degree than is the case with planning, concept or finances. These certain circumstances, however, are difficult to regulate. They consist of factors which resist being controlled by individuals. Thus coincidence and luck must be considered to be the crucial variables of these certain circumstances.

An examination of the history of museums teaches us that it is often these coincidences along with a good bit of luck which first made an acquisition, a donation or a permanent loan possible. These factors exercise their influence long before contracts are signed or financial transactions are made, and they have a fundamental impact on a future collaboration. For example, when owners decide to give their works of art into our hands as permanent loans, then this occurs because they trust us. The IKOB has enjoyed this trust for twenty-seven years.

In recent years, our collection has accordingly grown larger not only through acquisitions, but also through permanent loans. For this reason, we have decided to present the new additions to our collection. In parallel, we have invited friends of the IKOB to enter into a dialogue with us and our collection in the framework of parallel events. They were invited to let us participate in their artistic practice in the form of exhibitions, open ateliers, screenings and workshops. For these actions, we have made two spaces of the IKOB available to be used in different ways. The artists can spread out across the ground level with exhibitions, concerts, lectures and presentations. On the upper storey, we have set up a so-called Black Box which can likewise be used for video art and performances. The major part of the exhibition surface, however, is reserved for the collection itself. It constitutes the framework – or more precisely, the artistic horizon – in front of which there unfolds what we call the ‘critical present’.

Artists featured in the collection presentation are or were:
Marcel Berlanger
Franck Bovet
Guillaume Bijl
André Blanck
Jean Pierre Bredo
André Butzer
Bert De Beul
Julie De Bleeckere
Dirk Dietrich Hennig
René Korten
Andrea Lehnert
Adrien Lucca
Léopold Plomteux
Pat Rosenmeier
Jana Rusch
Paul Schwer
Heinrich Siepmann
Ton Slits
Johan Tahon
Johan Van Geleuwe
Marcel Warrand
Yves Zurstrassen

Artists invited to the parallel events are:
Aline Bouvy, Benoît Jacquemin, Tanja Mosblech, Francis Schmetz

Exhibition view,

Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Jana Rusch, The Dot, 2020, mixed media on canvas, 190 x 240 cm, ©Jana Rusch
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

René Korten, Speech, 2008, acrylic on multiplex, 120 x 140 cm, ©René Korten
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

René Korten, Nerve, 2014, Collage on masonite, 120 x 140 cm, ©René Korten
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Léopold Plomteux, 1995, Composition, Oil on canvas, 200 x 170 cm ©Léopold Plomteux
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Johan Tahon, Alpha & Omega, 2010, Plaster on wood, 295 x 245 x 3 cm, ©Johan Tahon
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Johan Tahon, Lotus, 2014, Plaster sculpture, 270 x 75 x 100 cm ©Johan Tahon
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Yves Zurstrassen, 06 08 10, 2006, Oil on canvas, 250 x 250 cm ©Yves Zurstrassen
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Paul Schwer, Ohne Titel, 2013, Sculpture on wooden cabinet, 13 x 110 x 80 cm ©Paul Schwer
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Serge Ecker, Fukuyu_2, 2020, 120 x 100 x 100 cm, copper, gold leaves, steel frame, infrared heater ©Serge Ecker

Guillaume Bijl, The history of eroticism, 2020, mixed media, 400 x 500 x 200 cm, 1996-2012, ©Guillaume Bijl, Installation im IKOB
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Guillaume Bijl, The history of eroticism, 2020, mixed media, 400 x 500 x 200 cm, 1996-2012, ©Guillaume Bijl, Installation im IKOB
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Exhibition view,

Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Léopold Plomteux, 1995, Composition, Oil on canvas, 200 x 170 cm ©Léopold Plomteux

Andre Butzer, 2017, Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 150 cm ©Andre Butzer

Jean-Pierre Bredo, HEIMAT, 2005, carpet, multiplex, 50 x 120 cm ©Jean-Pierre Bredo
Foto: Ludovic Beillard

Ton Slits, Ohne Titel, 1996, Acryl auf Leinwand, 130 x 200 cm
©Ton Slits