Reaching Out. An Homage to Jan Cox
M HKA, Antwerp
18 May 2019 - 01 September 2019
In 2019 we celebrate the centenary of Jan Cox (1919-1980), co-founder of the Jeune Peinture Belge, and a pivotal international figure in the early days of the Antwerp gallery De Zwarte Panter. It is there that Cox presented his strongest works, characterised by compositions with a magical, surreal atmosphere, with references to 'classical' themes such as violence, cruelty and vulnerability. Cox considered the artist's practice to be an artistic and humanistic project.
The M HKA sees Jan Cox as a contemporary artist and mainly focuses on his later oeuvre with works that can be described as 'source works' or 'key works'. These are works in which the artist sets out to explore and experiment, sharp works that remain very fresh even today and that encourage the viewer to reflect on the human condition.
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Jan Cox, Orpheus, 1979. Painting, acrylic on canvas with object, 150 x 200 cm and 16 x 18 x 12.5 cm.
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Clips from Jan Cox, A Painter's Odyssey Bert Beyens, Pierre De Clercq, Jan Cox, A Painter's Odyssey, CinéTé, Antwerpen-Amsterdam, 1988, 7