Frans Masereel en hedendaagse kunst/Frans Masereel and contemporay Art
Frans Masereel and Contemporary Art: Resistance in Images reveals Masereel’s vision of the world, his social criticism and pacifism. Frans Masereel (1889-1972) can be considered the most important graphic artist and woodcutter of the twentieth century. This publication looks back on his work, and brings Masereel’s ideas into dialogue with today’s society through the work of contemporary artists from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and America, including Mary Evans, Anton Kannemeyer, Glenn Ligon, Dan Perjovschi, Billie Zangewa, William Kentridge, Philip Aguirre e Otegui, Slavs and Tatars, Kerry James Marshall...
Frans Masereel and Contemporary Art: Resistance in Images highlights the artists’ social commitment and brings different kinds of pacifism and internationalism to the fore, which are often associated with varied motifs and open to multiple interpretations. At the beginning of the twentieth century, but also before, people were already thinking about the developments that we would now call contemporary, such as migration and globalisation. From a constructive standpoint, the artists question injustice and inequality. With a critical eye, and sometimes with satire, they tackle the subjects that personally interest them and offer them up for discussion via images. As an illustrator for newspapers and magazines, and working with woodcuts, Masereel had the opportunity to pose critical questions to a wide audience in an accessible manner. Visual immediacy and storytelling are just two of the strategies that are explored in the wide range of exhibited works. The common denominator is a positive outlook on the future and, in this, Masereel’s portrayal of mankind was unfailingly optimistic.
Adriaan Gonnissen, Ilse Roosens, Phillip Van den Bossche, Steven Jacobs, Samuel Dégardin, Karima Boudou, Mohamed Ikoubaân, Joris Van Parys, 352 p, soft cover, ed. Mu.ZEE