I pass the Bozar every morning on my way to work, and couldn’t help but notice the colorful posters for the Fernand Léger, Beauty is Everywhere exhibition. I really love modern art and have seen many of his works in other museum, but never in a retrospective setting.
Bozar (Palais des Beaux-Arts) gives 5 Reasons to Be Excited:
- Major Retrospective: The term ‘once in a lifetime’ is banded about way too often, but this is the first retrospective of the French artist in Belgium since 1956. We’ll let you do the maths.
- Man of the People: No ivory tower for this painter. Léger was a politically engaged artist, with his feet firmly planted on the factory floor (or in the circus). His art was, as befits a member of the Communist Party, truly aimed at everyone.
- Man of His Time: Léger was thrilled by the technological and industrial whirlwind of his era. And he was crazy about Charlie Chaplin and cinema. He painted movie posters, designed sets, and even co-directed a movie.
- Influential Teacher: As a teacher Léger helped shape a whole generation of artists. His grateful students include artists like sculptor Louise Bourgeois and photographer William Klein. And even an aspiring painter called Serge Gainsbourg.
- Beauty is Everywhere: Léger found beauty in the everyday. Even in “the rows of pots hanging against the white wall of your kitchen.” So be prepared to look at your kitchen utensils in a completely new way.