Rik Wouters & The private Utopia
September 17th 2016 ’till February 27th 2017 – MoMu, Antwerp BE
featuring works of: Rik Wouters, Walter van Beirendonk, Dirk van Saene, Bernhard Willhelm and others
Right before the closing of the exhibition, my friend Katrien and I decided to pay a visit to ‘Rik Wouters & het huiselijk utopia’ (Rik Wouters & the private utopia) at the MoMu in Antwerp.
‘Reading Woman’ by Rik Wouters (1913), picture by Ronald Stoops
The recurring theme of domestic intimacy on the post-impressionist paintings by Rik Wouters was the foundation on which the exhibition was build. Contemporary trends of people searching for domestic intimacy, restoring contact with nature and the current popularity of crafts, linked the exhibition with the utopian ideas of Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden. A book published in 1954, introducing a non-industrial, natural lifestyle as an alternative for an over-stimulated consumer society (of which a book-review will follow soon).
Impression of ‘Rik Wouters & het huiselijk utopia’
The exhibition also featured works of contemporary artists and fashion designers. A beautiful homage to a painter who died 100 years ago.