Remembering Landscape

Today many will question the landscape: scientists, activists, farmers, urbanists, architects, artists… A common question is what kind of landscape we desire and how this can construed or portrayed? What is the role of art? How can art close the gap between a landscape past and present in a single image or series of pictures?

These questions were behind the project "Remembering Landscape", in which pictorial strategies are connected to aspects in memory, memorial and establishing the past.

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De Markten, 25.04 > 09.06.2019

The exhibition's artists and groups of artists grant a voice to landscape. They create current landscape images located between fiction, symbol and documentation, and appeal to our ability to read and decipher them – but also to the imagination and our capacity to mourn.

Marianna Christofides, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Lukas Einsele, Anne Heinlein and Göran Gnaudschun, Markus Karstieß, Thomas Kellner, Jan Kempenaers, Aglaia Konrad, Susanne Kriemann, Armin Linke, Andreas Mühe, Alexandra Navratil, Unknown Fields Division, Danny Veys and Kristof Vrancken.

Practical information:
opening: thursday 25 april, 17h30
Open: april 26th till june 9th from 12h till 18h.
Closed: Monday 

Venue:  De Markten, Oude Graanmarkt 5, 1000 Brussel

Dr. Eva Schmidt (Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen) and Prof. Dr. Kai Vöckler (HfG Offenbach)

Brecht Heytens, Kain Walgrave and Sint-Lukasgalerie Brussel vzw

Leen Engelen and Jan Cools, LUCa School of Arts

Exhibition design: 
Aslı Çiçek, Brussel


De Markten, 25.04.2019

Prior to the opening of the exhibition Remembering Landscape LUCA School of Arts organises a one - day symposium on landscape and memory at De Markten. During this day, scientists and artists working in different fields will shed light on how landscapes can incorporate history and how the memory of landscapes can be imagined in arts and sciences. With contributions by Bruno Notteboom, Susanne Kriemann, Jeroen Laureyns, Veerle Van Eetvelde, Patrick Verlaak, Kristof Vrancken en Miek Zwamborn.

The language of the symposium is English. Attending is free, but registration is mandatory. The symposium is organised by LUCA School of Arts, in conjunction with the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Siegen) and GC De Markten (Brussel).

10.00 - 10.20: Welcome by prof. Veerle Van der Sluys (vice-dean, LUCA School of Arts ) + Opening words by Eva Schmidt & Kai Vöckler (curators oft he exhibition Remembering Landscape)
10.20 - 11.00: What is landscape? - Patrick Verlaak (LUCA School of Arts, BE)
11.00 - 11.45: A Landscape’s Ear - Miek Zwamborn (Visual artist & writer, Scotland)
11.45 - 12.30: The Spomeniks by Jan Kempenaers and the desert of post - socialism - Dr. Jeroen Laureyns (LUCA School of Arts)
12.30 - 13.30: LUNCH
13.30 - 14.15: Recollecting Landscapes: Rephotography, Memory And Transformation - Prof. Bruno Notteboom (Dept. Of Architecture, KU Leuven)
14.15 - 15.00: Photography and Scanning to Discover and Remember Landscapes from a Bird - Eye Perspective - Prof. Veerle Van Eetvelde (Dept. of Geography, Ghent University)
15.00 - 15.15: COFFEE BREAK
15.15 - 16.00: Pechblende - Susanne Kriemann (independent artist, Germany)
16.00 - 16.45: The physical landscape as an agency for the photographic image of the Anthropocene era - Kristof Vrancken (independent photographer / LUCA School of Arts, Belgium
16.45 - 17.00: CLOSING REMARKS
17.30: official opening of the exhibition Remembering Landscape

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Eva Schmidt en Kai Vöckler (ed.) 
Texts by Isabelle Busch, Branislav Dimitrijevic, Brenda Hollweg, Jeroen Laureyns, Friedrich Meschede, Sean O’Hagan, Ludwig Seyfarth, Eva Schmidt, Sabine M. Schmidt, Alexander Streitberger, Ursula Panhans-Bühler, Kai Vöckler, Raluca Voinea

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About the project

What is landscape today? We continue to imagine the aesthetic ideal comprising a variety of natural, agricultural and settlement areas. By contrast, modern landscapes are often ‘non-places’. Traces appear there – traces of industrial intervention, changing  borderlines, flight, war or uncontrolled development and mining.

What remains is a remnant of nature, in which ruins bear witness to historical events. Barren landscapes that speak of past violence, degraded to material. At the same time memories (of war) are embodied visibly by 20th century architectural monuments.


The exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Siegen), the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Boekarest), the Centre for Decontamination (Belgrado), De Markten en de vzw Sint-Lukasgalerie Brussel and LUCA School of Arts (Brussel).

Supported by

Kulturstiftung des Bundes, de Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Sociales of the Sparda-Bank West, de Vlaamse Gemeenschap and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

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