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Hieros Glyphos


Curated by Jan Hoet

With Ad Reinhardt, Ann Veronica Janssens, Katja Strunz, Michael Dean, Mandla Reuter

With this exhibition, “Hieros Glyphos”, literally “sacred words” we want to demonstrate that a lot of artists in the early years of this new millennium return to the aesthetics of constructivism and modernism of the 50’s up until minimal-art, if only from the question whether these movements reached their ultimate goal or not and if it is not possible, as Benjamin claimed, to connect and reconcile the present world with what already existed and thus to complete a more comprehensive whole, either by contextualization, either through a process of reliving.

Therefore we chose as a challenging reference a work by Ad Reinhardt that is exemplary of what is meant here with modernism. We also have four artists who have all in their idiosyncratic way affinities with the ideas of Reinhardt for whom “art is not what is not art and everything else is different.”


Ad Reinhardt
Abstract Painting, Red, 1952


Mandla Reuter
The Agreement, Antwerp, 2011


Mandla Reuter
Untitled Right, 2011


Mandla Reuter
Untitled Left, 2011


Katja Strunz
Moments of decomposition, 2008


Katja Strunz
Tick, 2008


Ann Veronica Janssens
Untitled (Gold), 2011


Ann Veronica Janssens
Untitled (Deep Blue), 2011


Katja Strunz
Untitled, 2011


Katja Strunz
Memory wall (The Fall III), 2008


Katja Strunz
Faltgestalt, 2004


Michael Dean
Days (Working titles), 2011


Michael Dean
Hours (Working Titles), 2011


Katja Strunz
Untitled, 2011

Hieros Glyphos


Curated by Jan Hoet

With Ad Reinhardt, Ann Veronica Janssens, Katja Strunz, Michael Dean, Mandla Reuter

With this exhibition, “Hieros Glyphos”, literally “sacred words” we want to demonstrate that a lot of artists in the early years of this new millennium return to the aesthetics of constructivism and modernism of the 50’s up until minimal-art, if only from the question whether these movements reached their ultimate goal or not and if it is not possible, as Benjamin claimed, to connect and reconcile the present world with what already existed and thus to complete a more comprehensive whole, either by contextualization, either through a process of reliving.

Therefore we chose as a challenging reference a work by Ad Reinhardt that is exemplary of what is meant here with modernism. We also have four artists who have all in their idiosyncratic way affinities with the ideas of Reinhardt for whom “art is not what is not art and everything else is different.”