Fun, provocative, and rebellious: these words perfectly describe the artworks by Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye. His work reflects his extraordinary skill, but it is also full of contradictions. This is the first solo exhibition in the Netherlands by this internationally renowned artist. You will discover that nothing is what it seems in this impressive compilation of his work.
Playing with opposites
Wim Delvoye has a fondness for traditional handicrafts and skilled workmanship. His boundless productivity has led to this particular eclectic collection of artworks: from gas canisters decorated with Delft Blue patterns and gothic trucks to his stained glass windows with x-rays of the human body. Delvoye likes to play with opposites. He is always looking for ways to bring together arts and craft, popular culture, and fine art.
From car tyres to ironing boards
Delvoye manages to effortlessly sneak in all kinds of everyday objects into the world of art, including car tyres, suitcases, and ironing boards. He marries them together with highly valuable materials or religious images. The result is strange and confusing combinations that allow you to step back and observe recognizable objects in a different light.
Wim Delvoye collaborates with specialists from all over the world. He visits artisan workshops and factories in various countries in search of the finest quality. A good example of this is his series of aluminium suitcases that he asked Iranian metalworkers to decorate for him.
About the artist
Wim Delvoye views society critically and with irony. Delvoye has won international acclaim for his artwork, particular for his Cloaca series. His artworks are on exhibit in museums all over the world. His previous solo exhibitions were held in the Royal Museum of Fine Art in Brussels, the Louvre in Paris, and The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg. Wim Delvoye: Labour of Love is the first solo exhibition in the Netherlands of Wim Delvoye's work.
Would you like to read more at home, at your leisure? To accompany the exhibition, there is a catalogue that includes texts by arts and culture journalist Anneke van Wolfswinkel and Jacqueline Grandjean, Director of Het Noordbrabants Museum. The catalogue is available from the online bookstore and the museum shop. It also makes a great gift!
TEN-YEAR COLLABORATION WITH THE RENSCHDAEL ART FOUNDATION
Wim Delvoye's exhibition in Het Noordbrabants Museum coincides with the 10-year anniversary celebrating the museum's collaboration with the Renschdael Art Foundation. Part of this collaboration includes a spectacular annual exhibition showcasing the work of international artists, who have held solo exhibitions for the first time in the Netherlands such as Eva Jospin (2021), Ali Banisadr (2019), and Chiharu Shiota (2017).