Sven 't Jolle

Stella Lohaus Gallery

The title of Luis Buñuel’s 1972 masterpiece The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie could well have been the credo for Sven ’t Jolle’s show of recent work. The actual title—“De betere klasse heeft ook recht op ontspanning!” (The better class also has a right to entertainment!)—certainly sounds like a never-made film by the Spanish director, and the similarities run deeper than mere titular resemblance. In ’t Jolle’s work as in Buñuel’s, irony, social problems, subversiveness, and political reflections are all mixed together in a lighthearted artistic survey of what is wrong with society.

One of the key installations in the show, Drawings sur Fond Rouge (all works 1998), centered around a copy of Fernand Léger’s Les Loisirs sur fond rouge (Leisure on a red background): The installation comprised over twenty mixed-media works in which a small black-and-white replica of Léger’s image appears at

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