Het Transcendente [The Transcendental]
Cross-overs between various levels of reality – dream, vision, utopia – fascinated many artists during the 1960s and ’70s. Their work reveals an uneasiness with the self-assured and universalist position of what we choose to call ‘the Essential’. Instead the artists of the Transcendental – many of whom belonged to the arte povera (‘poor art’) movement in Italy – created works open to interpretation and doubt and critique. These artists address issues that are relevant to humanity as a whole, but they often did so through individual, subjective, even idiosyncratic gestures. Their ideological identification was anti-authoritarian and deliberately open-ended.
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Espace Perdu [Lost space]
Guy Mees, Espace Perdu [Lost space], 1964. Sculpture, neon, lace, 124 x 136 x 51 cm.