Panamarenko, Marc Bauer, and Collector’s Room #18

Deweer Gallery, Zwevegem / Belgium

February 7–March 11, 2018
January 29, 2018

Vernissage: February 4, 2:30–6pm

Deweer Gallery
Tiegemstraat 6A
8553 Zwevegem
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Marc Bauer, Untitled (Exotic Plants), 2018. Oil on coated aluminium, 45 x 32 cm.

35 Years Panamarenko & Deweer Gallery – A Brilliant Story since 1983
If Panamarenko did not exist, they would have to invent him. From the early 1970s until his retirement in 2005, the utopian dreamer created his own boyish fantasy world. From self-built submarines and flying saucers to cars, zeppelins and spacecrafts. His imagination was the perfect breeding ground for poetic creations, always mixing the scientific with the artistic, and now on the way to eternal youth!

Between 1976 and 2005 the Deweer family collected an impressive amount of remarkable works. Never before Deweer Gallery presented an overview of all the available work by Panamarenko featuring a great number of significant historic works. From the Batopillo and the Donnariet to the IJsvogel and the V1 Barada Jet. From unique objects and drawings to photography, multiples and editions. They all evoke Panamarenko's surprising, authentic universe.

Marc Bauer: Avondland
In previous years, Marc Bauer has made a great impression with his drawings. For his second solo exhibition Avondland at Deweer Gallery, the Swiss artist also explores painting. He relies on iconography and the light used in 16th, 17th century paintings from southern and northern Europe. As a child of a German father an Italian mother, Marc Bauer carries both cultures. He positions himself somewhere in between, almost literally, as he also lives in Switzerland. You can expect references to Italian masters such as Caravaggio, but also references to masters from the Northern and Southern Netherlands like Pieter Brueghel the Elder/the Younger and Melchior d’Hondecoeter. Avondland refers geographically to the continent of Europe, but the title can also be interpreted more broadly. It also suggests the Western view of the world and Western culture influenced by exotic motives and melancholy.

Collector’s Room # 18: Out of Time – In Search of Stillness
Stillness descending upon us—who doesn’t long for it? Stress is a major problem in today’s society. People are busy at work, busy at home and busy with social obligations. Experts agree on it: moments of rest are very important for body and mind. To be in the moment and to be mindfully aware of what is going on right here and now. Walking, meditating or just having a good conversation are obvious examples. But let’s not underestimate the impact of certain works of art. Time to highlight some at Deweer Gallery! With works by, among others, Gabriele Beveridge, Angela Bulloch, Thomas Kratz, Nasan Tur, Norbert Witzgall.