Setting up an artistic project abroad seems impossible. Yet Eugenie and Arthur, a couple from Overijse, did just that. The couple left for New Zealand in May 2019. Their plan was to buy a small truck when they arrived and develop a traveling art gallery. As a curator, Arthur has already organized exhibitions in cities such as Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Berlin.
When the world turned upside down in 2020, the couple traveled to New Zealand. Target? Let as many people as possible discover local art: “While the interior of our mobile gallery serves as a support structure for unconventional pop-up exhibitions and public interventions, the exterior of the truck is a work of art. participatory public participation that New Zealand artists physically “and” conceptually “unite during a global pandemic.” No less than 106 artists in more than 70 different locations across New Zealand have added their artistic cachet in 2020. The result is a unique work of art that is not the same anywhere in the world.
Not only was this truck a traveling art gallery and a work of art in itself, but it was also Eugenie and Arthur’s home for a year: “Every night our traveling gallery turned into a real one. small room, ”they say. RTBF.
Declared a sculpture
By the way, great news for anyone who enjoys taking a trip to New Zealand after the crown. As of January 1 of this year, the mobile gallery has officially become a sculpture on Waiheke Island. “Our vision and our truck as a public statement was taken over by the Connell Bay Sculpture Park. Besides Gibbs Farm, it is one of Oceania’s most renowned sculpture parks. While we are releasing a book in Oceania and with a documentary in preparation, they will be exhibiting “The Nomadic Art Gallery” for a period of 16 months, ”said Eugenie and Arthur. In other words, the couple and their artistic car are far from over.
Meanwhile, Eugenie and Arthur are back on Belgian soil, certainly without the mobile gallery. They don’t think about sitting still, “What’s next? We are attracted to the African continent… We wish to exhibit our project in many different versions. If we were to do it in Italy it would be with a Vespa, for example. We also think of a boat. Our goal is really to discover art in an original and unconventional way, ”the couple continued. RTBF.
You can find more information about the project and updates at www.thenomadicartgallery.com.
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