Flags

Flags hold a constant place in art, from classical historical painting to contemporary installations.

With the juxtaposition of their strips of coloured fabrics, flags have stimulated painters with their qualities for abstraction, well before abstract art preferred chromatic fields to the representation of reality. Tricolour or monochrome, each colour or combination of colours immediately evokes references that we find repeatedly in artistic creation.

 

Fondation Boghossian Flags, Kimsooja 1

 

Their political and symbolic resonance has been the primary pretext for including flags in works of art. A flag can serve to represent a nation, to celebrate a victory or the conquest of a territory, but also to symbolize and defend a cause. La liberté guidant le peuple or the flagged streets dear to Impressionist and Fauvist painters are outstanding examples, as are the more contemporary works of Gérard Fromanger and Mounir Fatmi.

 

 

As Alfred Pacquement, Curator, puts it, “Another reason why it captivates artists is its colours. The way in which they are arranged instantly speaks to all. When reduced to monochrome – red, black, or white – colours conjure up a meaning, a warning or a premonitory sign, in this case, revolution, anarchy or peace.
Whether an almost perfect abstract figure or a signifying object, the flag has many different uses and stirs the imagination of artists. It constitutes an infinitely versatile theme, both in terms of representation and as an element suspended in space and suitable for all kinds of settings.”

 

 

A flag being a sacred object, the voluntary destruction of a country’s flag is seen as a highly subversive act punishable by law, while the pattern of its colours is recorded in national constitutions.

But a flag is also an object, a frontal icon for Jasper Johns, a module for filling space in Daniel Buren’s installations, an image with multiple meanings for Marcel Broodthaers, etc.

It is these and many other uses of flags in modern and contemporary art that this exhibition seeks to bring together in a transnational course of exchanges and confrontations.

 

Fondation Boghossian, Flags, John-Gerrard Western, Flag

 

“Far from restricting their work to a unique image, with the danger of conveying a nationalistic message – or at least one that is addressed to a single country – many artists opt for confrontation and the positive connotations that [the flag] can engender. Associating flags, superimposing them, or bringing them together is a way of suggesting the possibility of reconciling nations.” Alfred Paquement

 

With Flags, the Boghossian Foundation explores the question of territory, multiple identities and intercultural dialogue.

 

Fondation-Boghossian, Flags, Marina Abramovic, The-Hero 1

 

Artists
Marina Abramovic
Saâdane Afif
Gordana Andjelic-Galic
Diane Arbus
Micha Bar-Am
Bruno Barbey
Nú Barreto
Pierre Bismuth
Alighiero Boetti
Marcel Broodthaers
Zoulikha Bouabdellah
Daniel Buren
René Burri
Mircea Cantor
Léon Cogniet
Roger de La Fresnaye
Wim Delvoye
Edith Dekyndt
Gustave de Smet
Raoul Dufy
Mounir Fatmi
Michel François
Stuart Franklin
Gérard Fromanger
John Gerrard
Gilbert & George
David Hammons
Keith Haring
Childe Hassam
Thomas Hoepker
Jonathan Horowitz
Jasper Johns
Nikita Kadan
Evgueni Khaldeï
Kimsooja
Robert Longo
George Maciunias
Peter Marlow
Susan Meiselas
Jonathan Monk
Adolphe Mouilleron
Claes Oldenburg
Martin Parr
Peybak
Pablo Picasso
Sara Rahbar
Jean-Pierre Raynaud
Marc Riboud
Faith Ringgold
Joe Rosenthal
Yara Said
Franck Scurti
Thomas Schütte
Andres Serrano
Sturtevant
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Larry Towell
Danh Vo
Gustave Wappers
Andy Warhol

 

FLAGS

Location: Villa Empain, Brussels

Duration: 29 September – 22 January 2023

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