Updated: Sep 3, 2022
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium dedicate an exhibition to Jean-Pierre Ghysels (Uccle, 1932), a Belgian sculptor who studied with Zadkine at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. The exhibition will give the public the opportunity to discover a series of sculptures made of the artist's two favourite materials, beaten copper and bronze, works which, even when small in size, surprise us with their monumentality and sensuality.
The selection, which was made in close collaboration with his wife Colette Ghysels, with whom he shares a passion for travelling, tribal art and ethnic jewellery, is also a tribute to the importance the artist attaches to his beloved ones. He says: “It really makes me happy when my wife comes into my studio, looks at my work and says she loves it. Then I almost believe it, it warms me and it seems to me, at that moment, that my sculpture reflects us."
Among the selection: Secret Angle (1973), a polished bronze that entered the museum's collection when Philippe Roberts-Jones was chief curator in 1976, is the oldest work in the series of beaten brass and bronze.
According to the artist, "generating a sculpture means taking a material, dialoguing with it, telling it about space, lines, volumes, curves, verticals, proportions, everything you want for it. It means loving it before it even exists". Jean-Pierre Ghysels will celebrate his 90th birthday on 20 September.
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