Rome

Guillaume Bijl

Sala 1

In light of the conspicuous number of art exhibitions these days that involve artificial displays and ready-mades, one cannot help but be happily surprised by the honest correctness of the Belgian artist Guillaume Bijl. He creates installations, which he calls “pièces composées” (“compositions”); to date, he has made 26 of them, from the “driving school” installation of the Ruimte Z in Antwerp in 1979 to this recent installation of terra-cottas in Rome. These are dramatic constructions that present no theory, idea, concept, image, or vision of the world—that is, no logical or formal discourse—but present themselves for what they are: unsettling, out-of-place gods.

If René Magritte’s alien spirit and Marcel Broodthaers’ love of small signs constitute Bijl’s éducation (sentimentale), there is also a longer Belgian national tradition, from Jan van Eyck to Hergé (the creator of Tintin and of

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