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Stijn Ank - Exhibition in Rome

Stijn Ank - Exhibition in Rome

We are pleased to remind you of Stijn Ank's upcoming exhibition 'Poems to Rome' at Academia Belgica in Rome. The opening takes place on Wednesday the 22nd of January and the exhibition is on view until the 28th of February 2020.


Poems to Rome

Opening: Wednesday 22th January 2020, 6 pm - 9 pm
+ Artist Talk with Thomas Claus at 7.30 pm

Exhibition dates: 23th January 2020 – 28th February 2020, weekdays 10 am - 5 pm

Academia Belgica
Via Omero 8, 00197 Rome


"During his residency at the Academia Belgica Stijn Ank has been working from a different perspective on works of art that are in essence an inquest into the relationship between matter, colour, time and space. Having worked on frescoes at various locations over the years, the opportunity to be in Rome and delve deeper into what he considers to be the core of his artistic endeavours has enabled him to shed a new light on his body of work. (...)

Ank finds answers in approaching the city's immemorial impressions from a different angle. A fresco to him is the translation of an act from which the artist is trying to make himself absent. Creating moulds in which layers of pigmented plaster are poured, he allows works to appear that can’t be defined as sculptures, because they behave too much as surfaces, nor can they be called paintings, because they have a body that reflects a subjective willingness to crystallize into what it wants to be. Therefore we should look at them as subjects, creatures with a life of their own, frozen in the space of their mould, like brittle postcards from a volcano perhaps, the size of small windows opening up into another world. It's up to us not to be cold spectators, but participants in the dialogue it engages us in.

On view at the Academia Belgica in Rome is a selection of a new series of works called ‘Poems to Rome’ which are originating from a daily studio investigation during Ank's residency."

Click here to see the Facebook-event. Click here to read the full press release (PDF).

Two articles have already been published regarding the exhibition, both written in Italian. Click on the following links to have a look: