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View of “Jan De Cock,” 2013.

Jan De Cock

Deweer Gallery

View of “Jan De Cock,” 2013.

Located in a small village yet presenting major local and international artists, the Deweer Gallery occupies a special position in the Belgian art scene. It started out small in 1979 in the attic of owner Mark Deweer’s mansion but has grown substantially over the years, and has now been housed in his former textile factory for nearly two decades. Recently, the gallery renovated its premises and doubled its exhibition space. For Jan De Cock, such expansive environs are desirable, if not mandatory. This Belgian artist is known for his vast and elaborate geometrical sculptures in multicolored fiber and chipboard, with which he time and again occupies institutional spaces wholesale—regardless of the scale of the establishment, let alone the nature of the invitation. He seizes on every show as an opportunity to make history—in some senses literally, given the extensive

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