Honoré d’O: Meeting Bruegel Book – God is a Child
Honoré D'O, Luk Lambrecht
On the occasion of the commemoration of the 450th anniversary of Bruegel’s death Honoré d’O decided for the exhibition ‘Feast of Fools. Bruegel rediscovered’ in the Castle of Gaasbeek to put a book with links on the Marquise Visconti’s bedside table. To accomplish that Honoré d’O went on a journey: not just to have a look at Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Castle on the Lake in Siena, or to visit Pieter Bruegel’s large retrospective in Vienna and Adriaen Brouwer’s exhibition in Oudenaarde, but also to travel in his work and archive, and to make an exhibition in a book based on three great artists from history. What links these three artists, is their emphatic attention to the real human being in which we recognize ourselves. The book only comprises images. It’s a travelogue, a textbook. The images have been chosen and ordered in first instance to read them aloud one by one and to see them in the context of links developing. The purely visual language feeds on unacademic methods, the research seeks comparisons, proposes suggestions, discovers associations, uses subjectivities, fragments in interpretations, embraces symbolism,… and almost parallel with the academic study, reveals in its clarity the ‘mythological’ thinking of the work of art (the artist). God is a Child wears the mask of the metaphor. The metaphor for endless research is knowable only as work of art.