The unique exhibition gathers twenty-four wall drawings in color by the American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). LeWitt’s wall drawings marked, from the late 1960s on, a revolutionary development in the history of contemporary art. The monumental drawings are executed directly on the walls, according to the artist’s instructions and diagrams. Between 1968 and 2007, LeWitt created more than 1200 wall drawings.
M’s exhibition of twenty-four works is the first major presentation in Belgium of LeWitt’s emblematic practice. Following the chronological evolution of the artist’s oeuvre, the exhibition is organized according to the media LeWitt used in color, namely pencil, crayon, India ink and acrylic paint. In addition to the wall drawings, a wide selection of LeWitt’s artists books is on view as well as a documentary film about the making of the wall drawings at M.
Drafters execute the wall drawings directly on the walls. The drawings adapt to the scale of the exhibition space. The first drawings were already executed by other artists. At M, professional drafters trained by the LeWitt studio were assisted by about seventy young artists and students from Belgian art schools. The wall drawings exist only for the duration of their exhibition.
Exhibition organised in collaboration with the LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut and realised with the LeWitt studio and the following colleges: Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel, La Cambre, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels Bruxelles, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten | KASK Gent, Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Gent, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Sint Lucas Antwerpen & SLAC/Academie Beeldende Kunst Leuven.
In collaboration with M, Centre Pompidou-Metz presents a retrospective exhibition with a selection of thirty-five wall drawings in black and white.
Curators: Béatrice Gross & Eva Wittocx