Jacqueline Mesmaeker: Quelle aventure!

Luk Lambrecht, Lieze Eneman, Michel Baudson, Jean-Michel Botquin, Saskia De Coster, Anne Pontégnie, Melanie Deboutte, Sophie Lauwers, Philippe Van Cauteren

CC Strombeek, Bozar, Roger Raveel Museum, S.M.A.K. & MER. B&L, 2021


The work of Belgian artist Jacqueline Mesmaeker (b. 1929) is intangible, discreet and captivating. Starting from analytical intentions and experimental protocols linked to perception and representation, her practice remains anchored in a literary and poetic universe, including references to Lewis Carroll, Mallarmé, Melville or Paul Willems. Minimal, sometimes even unnoted, her rare and precise work is nonetheless present. It willingly takes over space, playing with the actual and symbolic architecture, revealing the structures and lines of force, but also the errors, by thwarting their perspectives or correcting them with delicate touches.
In the year of 2020, CC Strombeek, BOZAR and Roger Raveel Museum have exhibited new selections of Mesmaeker’s fragile ensembles; poetic works that evade every semantic description. CC Strombeek succeeded—in consultation with the artist—to reconstruct the work Enkel Zicht Naar Zee, Naar West (1978) to its original presentation, after 35 years. The work consists of 5 projections captured on transparent, natural silk scrims. They show a flock of flying birds, circulating and mingling in space, appearing and disappearing through the veils.
This book forms a catalogue of Mesmaeker’s trilogy of solo-exhibitions in 2020: Ah, Quelle aventure ! at Bozar (May–July 2020) and CC Strombeek (January–March 2020) and De page en page at Roger Raveel Museum (December 2020–March 2021).


ISBN: 9789463932790

232 pages, illustrations in color & b/w, 28 x 21,5 cm, paperback, English/Dutch/French