© Cobra: Photography, Film and Prints
Thu 28 Nov 2019, 19:00 to Fri 14 Feb 2020, 18:00
Vandenhove, Ghent

The Danish-Belgian-Dutch art movement Cobra (1948-1951) is first and foremost associated with expressive and colorful paintings. Lesser known are the many experiments with print, photography, and film. The exhibition “© Cobra: Photography, Film and Prints” focuses on this understudied relation between Cobra and techniques of mechanical reproduction in Belgium, and pays attention to the studios of Les Ateliers du Marais, which was founded in 1949 in Brussels and where artists and theorists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Christian Dotremont, Serge Vandercam, Raoul Ubac, Jean Raine, and Luc de Heusch came into contact with modern media. Belgium was also the site of Cobra’s sole photography exhibition, “Les Développements de l’Oeil” (1950), and of the only Cobra film: Perséphone (1951) by de Heusch, which was inspired by Alechinsky’s photobook Poupées de Dixmude (1950). Curated by Griet Bonne, Joséphine Vandekerckhove and Marit Van der Jeugt, “Copyright COBRA” aims to contribute to a better understanding of the significance of graphical and mechanical reproductions for the Belgian artists of the Cobra movement.

The exhibition can be visited at the Vandenhove-Paviljoen in Ghent from Thursdays until Saturdays, between 14h and 18h.


Coinciding in the studio space (atelier) of Vandenhove between December 5 and 7, the exhibition “The Eye on the Skin: On Architecture, Film and Video” examines the cinematic perception of architecture, and how artists and filmmakers use the camera eye to give shape to the human vision on architecture in its technical, social, artistic and subjective forms. A selection of films is divided into five themes: ‘Construction’, ‘Living in Architecture’, ‘Art as Architecture’, ‘In-sight’ and ‘Traces of Memory’. Ten screens show films in loop by James Casebere (A Film, 1979, 9'), Robbrecht Desmet (Boekentoren, 2010, 8'), Charles & Ray Eames, Ellen Harvey, Hans Op de Beeck, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Agnes Varda, and Rachel Whiteread among many others. The exhibition is curated by master students Art History at the University of Ghent in the context of the research seminar ‘Modern and Contemporary Art’ by Prof. Dr. Wouter Davidts and Prof. Dr. Steven Jacobs. With the assistance of Griet Bonne, Anton Pereira Rodriguez, Joséphine Vandekerckhove and Bram Vandeveire.

Opening: Thursday 5 December 19h – 23h | 6 and 7 December: 14h – 18h