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Mares' Tails, Mackerel Scales

Sunday, 16 May, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, 31 December, 2021 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Marlies De Clerck

 Mares' Tails, Mackerel Scales


Exhibition: "Mares' Tails, Mackerel Scales" by Marlies De Clerck

The exhibition is built around the research into the depiction of clouds throughout art history. In the tradition of painting they have gone through an interesting evolution: from a background of secondary importance, the demonstration of perspective, a mythical and religious application or as an equal to the earth in landscape painting.

When the Sublime as an aesthetic quality in nature (thanks to Kant's Beobachtungen über das Gefühl des Schönen und Erhabenen, among others) starts to play an important role in painting, artists like Caspar David Friedrich start using the clouds to depict this in an artistic way.

Throughout the centuries and art tradition we depict the sky, yet it is rarely chosen as the only subject of the painting.

With the supportive theoretical help of curator Prof. Hans De Wolf and professor Meteorology of the VUB, the following contradictions will be investigated:

abstraction vs figuration, sublime vs the everyday, religion vs science, stagnation vs movement, necessity vs envy, magical untouchability vs destruction and reality, nothing vs everything, truth and realism vs the idyllic image ...