Dirk Snauwaert (born 1963 in Tielt, Belgium; lives and works in Brussels, Belgium).
A group exhibition curated by Dirk Snauwaert on view at Wiels, Brussels from May 29-August 15, 2010.
Featuring: Leonor Antunes, Alexandra Leykauf, David Maljkovic, Manfred Pernice, Falke Pisano, Tobias Putrih, Pia Rönicke, Oscar Tuazon, Armando Andrade Tudela, Up (Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Kris Kimpe).
“The title of the exhibition can be understood in different ways: as the rehabilitation of the unrecognized architect Adrien Blomme, of Modernism in general or of a building which, after twenty years of decay, was saved, almost clinically, from its downward spiral of neglect and decrepitude.
Ten artists who are inspired by the ideas, forms and aspirations of early radical Modernism were asked to respond to the phenomenon of rehabilitation or refurbishment of old [modernist?] buildings. As a result, while not necessarily site-specific to the Blomme building or its history, the artists nevertheless reacted to the architecture of Wiels, its spaces and symbols with a project in line with their artistic practice. The exhibition thus provides an overview of a generation of young artists interest and fascination with the production processes of forms and ideas, as well as with the social function of art through direct or indirect references to icons of modernist architecture and design which they integrate in their work.”
—Press release, “Rehabilitation,” Wiels website.