[ 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.

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

Sir Isaac Julien KBE RA (GB, 1960), a London-born filmmaker and installation artist, is celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to art, seamlessly merging film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting, and sculpture to craft compelling visual narratives through multi-screen film installations. Notably, his 1989 documentary-drama “Looking for Langston” and the Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique prize-winning debut feature, “Young Soul Rebels” (1991), garnered critical acclaim on a global scale.

Julien’s international acclaim extends to prestigious solo exhibitions at prominent venues, including the Barnes Foundation, Smith College Museum of Art, and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. His works have graced the walls of renowned institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Julien has made significant contributions to academia, holding key positions at institutions like the University of Arts London and Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe. His educational efforts were further recognized when he was awarded the James Robert Brudner ’83 Memorial Prize and delivered lectures at Yale University in 2016.

Isaac Julien’s dedication to the arts has earned him distinguished accolades, including The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award in 2017 and a knighthood as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Honours List in 2022. Furthermore, he was honored with the esteemed Kaiserring Goslar Award in 2022.

In April 2023, Tate Britain hosted a comprehensive survey show, presenting Isaac Julien’s illustrious career. This exhibition featured works spanning four decades, encompassing early films and expansive multi-screen installations that delve into the themes of global movement and history. It marked the first-ever presentation of Isaac Julien’s extensive body of work in the United Kingdom. Following its showcase at Tate Britain, the exhibition traveled to K21 in Düsseldorf, with its next destination set to be Bonnefanten in Maastricht, where it will be open for viewing from March 9 onwards.