Letter from Dan Van Severen to the Culturele dienst van de A.S.L.K., 02.03.1986
14.03.22 – 20.03.22
This week, we’re presenting a letter from artist Dan Van Severen to the cultural department of the A.S.L.K. (Algemene Spaar- en Lijfrentekas). The artist was very displeased about the presentation of his work Kruisweg(1984) in the exhibition Religieuze Thematiek, organized by the A.S.L.K. In the letter, Van Severen refers to another exhibition in Ghent, more specifically at Richard Foncke Gallery, where the work was properly exhibited. Which reactions did the display of Kruisweg evoke? And why did Willy Van Den Bussche get involved?
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.