[ A Must See: Isaac Julien’s Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement at WIELS Brussels ]

Risquons-Tout is an ambitious, thematic group exhibition that explores the potential of transgression and unpredictability. It examines how art challenges the homogenisation of thought in the now infamous echo chambers of our overcrowded info-sphere.

One of the artists part of Risquons-Tout is our very own Isaac Julien, whose work Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement is stealing the show.

Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement (2019) is a grandiose, open-ended meditation on the ideas of the visionary modernist architect andndesigner Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992). In linen with the tropicalismo and anthropofagia movements – the Brazilian answers to colonialism, and the commodification and homogenization of cultural differences – she invented a singular, hybrid brutalism which was a regional form of critical modernism. Filmed in buildings that are among her most influential designs, such as São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), SESC Pompeia and the Teatro Oficina, before travelling north to other public buildings she designed, Julien’s film portrays Bo Bardi at different stages of her 14 TOP life. He uses her iconic staircase designed for the Museum of Modern Art (Bahia) as the stage for a work by choreographer Zebrinha, while the Coaty (Salvador) accommodates a series of performancesby Brazilian art collective Araká.

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Isaac Julien
Lina Bo Bardi – A Marvellous Entanglement
Part of the group exhibition Risquons-Tout
On view at WIELS Brussels until 10 January 2021

For more information, please visit: https://www.wiels.org/en/exhibitions/risquons-tout

ABOUT Isaac Julien

Born in 1960, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK and Santa Cruise, CA

Isaac Julien, CBE RA is a critically acclaimed British artist and filmmaker. In 2018, Julien joined the faculty at the University of California Santa Cruz where he is a distinguished professor of the arts and leads the Isaac Julien Lab together with Arts Professor Mark Nash. Current and recent international solo exhibitions include: Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi — A Marvellous Entanglement, CentroCentro (Panorama Madrid), Madrid, Spain, on view until 29 August 2021; Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour, McAvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco (2020–2021); Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi — A Marvellous Entanglement, MAXXI, Rome (2020–2021); Isaac Julien: Western Union: Small Boats, Neuberger Museum, New York (2020); Isaac Julien: Frederick Douglass: Lessons of the Hour, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2019); Looking for Langston at Tate Britain (2019); and Playtime at LACMA (2019). Julien has previously exhibited at venues including Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Art Institute of Chicago (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2012), and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2005). Julien is the recipient of The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award 2017 and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017.

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