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Paul Delvaux. A Waking Dreamer

Paul Delvaux. A Waking Dreamer

Time: 25.11.16–12.03.17  10:00–18:00
Location: Kumu exhibition spaces

The Great Hall

With the exhibition we invite you to discover the world of images created by one of the most outstanding surrealistic painters of the 20th century. The uniqueness of the artist’s oeuvre can be witnessed in his favourite subjects: women, duality, yearning for ancient times, imaginary journeys, skeletons etc. Paul Delvaux’s extraordinarily coherent imagery is a unique synthesis of motifs which had inhabited his imagination since childhood. The motifs come together to form an alternative, timeless reality, which Delvaux then carried over to his mysterious and exuberant oeuvre. The unusual, enigmatic and fascinating universe in his paintings abandons all rational and universal logic, instead offering us a key to a dreamlike poetic reality.

The unreal atmosphere and combination of seemingly unconnected iconographic elements place the artist’s work in the surrealistic spectrum. However, Delvaux is not a typical surrealist. With a few exceptions, he largely remained untouched by the activities of the surrealistic school, wishing to maintain his intellectual independence. We are undoubtedly dealing with an extraordinary person in Belgian art history, whom we can get to know a bit better at this exhibition via a thematic journey through his whole career.

An exhibition in cooperation with: Musée d’Ixelles:

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Exhibition curator: Claire Leblanc
Exhibition coordinator: Liis Pählapuu
Exhibition design and graphic design: Tuuli Aule

Translators: A&A Lingua, Kadi Sutter

We thank: Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris

Paul Delvaux. Le rêve. 1935. Private collection. Musée d’Ixelles, deposit