Godart Bakkers & Wouter De Vleeschouwer
Interview of Paul Van Gysegem & Karin De Vriendt

19.12.22  –  07.01

For several decades artist-musician Paul Van Gysegem [Berlare, 1935] has been printing and sending a personal end-of-year card to numerous fellow artists and friends. With the help of his wife Karin De Vriendt [Sleidinge, 1948], whom he met in 1991, he maintains long-term contacts that were established in the period 1957-1987 in Ghent. Van Gysegem was educated in the city at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (K.A.S.K.) and was a teacher at the same academy for 35 years. For the presentation in KIOSK, a selection was made of Christmas and New Year's cards from artists and friends, which Paul Van Gysegem received during the above period. Contributions by Jean Bilquin, Jan Burssens, Mark Cloet, Enk De Kramer, Emiel Hoorne, Roger Raveel and Pierre Vlerick, among others, are on view at KIOSK. The interview took place in Ghent on December 7, 2022.

Thanks to: Naninga Lens, Koen Brams & Simon Delobel

The Letters Project

In 2022-2023, KIOSK together with the research group Ghent, playing field of the visual arts (1957-1987), will focus on letters from or to people from Ghent, or concerning the Ghent art scene. The letters are selected for their content, but also for their form.

For a whole year, the group will present a different letter every week in KIOSK, and will highlight its context or the questions it raises. During these presentations, the letter (or a facsimile) will be shown, possibly with other artefacts that are mentioned or that can clarify its meaning.

Ghent, playing field of the visual arts (1957-1987) consists of Naninga Lens, Sofie Frederix, Wouter De Vleeschouwer, Koen Brams and Godart Bakkers. For The Letters Project the group is reinforced by Simon Delobel and some guests.