Maarten Vanden Eynde

The third Triennial of Contemporary Art glorious (?) FAILURE, explores failure in the more specific context of the Duffel Psychiatric Hospital.

There is a broad interest in failure in society, which of course also has a huge influence on art. Social problems as globalisation, religious extremism, endless economic growth, worldwide social injustice, migration, suppression, poverty, environmental issues etc., have always been a source of inspiration for artists. Their creations grow from an admirable idealism, hoping that art could save the world. Artists question the (failing) society in a critical way. Searching for a new balance, they create art based on their independence and imagination.

Whereas society chooses success over failure, it is inevitable for an artist not to fail when creating art. The artist’s failure is considered a necessary step to obtain artistic innovation. Precisely because of this ambivalence, the social and universal relevance and the interconnectedness with mental health, this has become the exhibition’s central theme.

Artists

Abramovic & Ulay, Francis Alÿs, Banksy, Ben Benaouisse, Polien Boons, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Cuyvers, Johan De Wilde, Johan De Wit, Nick Ervinck, Gao Brothers, He Sen, Mark Manders, Kris Martin, Gustav Mesmer, Bruce Nauman, Next Rembrandt, Luc Tuymans, Panamarenko/Jef Cornelis, Thom Puckey, Qui Zhijie, Meggy Rustamova, Lisa Spilliaert, Lotte Van Den Audenaeren, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Frederik Van Simaey, Anne Wenzel, Patrick Wokmeni.

During the exhibition it is also possible to visit the permanent collection (Thierry De Cordier, Els Vanden Meersch, Orla Barry, Job Koelewijn, …).

Exhibition

glorious (?) FAILURE

Triennial of Contemporary Art at Duffel Psychiatric Hospital
Open: 04/04/2018 - 17/06/2018
Location: Stationsstraat 22c, 2570 Duffel, Belgium
Curators: Hans Martens, Luk Pelgrims, Christian Verschelden

With: Abramovic & Ulay, Francis Alÿs, Banksy, Ben Benaouisse, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Cuyvers, Nick Ervinck, Gao Brothers, He Sen, Mark Manders, Kris Martin, Gustav Mesmer, Bruce Nauman, Luc Tuymans, Panamarenko/Jef Cornelis, Thom Puckey, Meggy Rustamova, Anne Wenzel, Patrick Wokmeni, et al.

glorious (?) FAILURE looks at the ambivalence, the social and universal relevance and the interconnectedness of art in relation to mental health.