SAM DILLEMANS AUTHORS
April 19 - June 16, 2013
Worshipper of the great masters, painter of expressionist (self-)portraits, tormented bodies and boxers, the man who fights the angel and the paint on a daily basis, the consistent outsider... exhibits new works in Gaasbeek Castle.
Over the past few years, Sam Dillemans has painted more than three hundred (!) portraits, mainly of authors; however, the series also includes a number of composers, painters and scientists. Once again, he characteristically approaches his subject in a highly equivocal and thus fascinating fashion. Dillemans is a keen observer. His subjects are mostly recognisable, resulting in an almost compulsive need to identify them. In some, the model is immediately identifiable; in others, the subject’s identity is (playfully) concealed. Nevertheless, it is the technique that counts. Dillemans is a master of linear structures and patterns. In this series, his mastery also gradually paves the way to free expression, liberation from the recognisable and defining details. The longer one observes the portraits, the greater one’s impression that they are an embodiment of both the outer form and inner life. Dillemans has also clearly immersed himself in the subjects’ work in order to penetrate their very soul. Thus the paintings also possess a powerful emotive force. In the black and white pieces, his obsession with the inner life and technique is expressed in pure linear patterns. A playful balance between recognition and expressive power…
Following this exhibition, the paintings from this series are bundled in the artbook Authors, which is published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle. The book is on sale in the museum shop of the castle and the bookstore.
Practical informationOpen daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.), from Friday 19 April through Sunday 16 June 2013, closed on Mondays. Ticket price is €8, with a discount rate of €6. €1 for those 26 and under, and free for children 7 and under.
Visits to the castle take place with an audio-guide and under the supervision of a member of our museum staff. Castle visits thus take place in group. The visit takes about 1 hour.
You do not need to make a reservation for a visit without a guide. But if you wish to visit the museum with 15 persons or more, please contact us in advance: T. 00 32 (0)2 531 01 30 or bezoek.gaasbeek(a)vlaanderen.be.
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