leuven-belgium

Philippe Van Snick

M-Museum Leuven

Although providing an overview of Philippe Van Snick’s practice, this survey of the Belgian abstractionist’s oeuvre at the new and remarkable M-Museum was modest, taking up only five rooms. In the first gallery, one found a reconstruction of Dag//Nacht (Day//Night), 1986, an installation composed of one black square and one blue square facing each other on the walls of a narrow corridor, paired with two geometric monoliths made of wood and glass painted the same colors and facing each other in a similar way. The exhibition was not chronologically arranged—the same space contained (0-9) Stoel ([0-9] Chair), 1975, a sculpture whose network of wires under a stool brings to mind a constellation; it also held Territorium (Territory), 1999, a white wooden pillar, and Peau de Chagrin (The Wild Ass’s Skin), 1996, a black painting that appears to depict a landscape. Indifférence orbitale (Orbital

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