The monumental and monochrome sculpture Danse Macabre evokes both a nostalgic and a melancholic feeling. The carousel looks grey and the horses and carriages seem petrified. In this merry-go-round, time seems frozen, the engine has ground to a halt and all gaiety has disappeared. It has a spooky quality that fluctuates between dream and nightmare. Do the horses go up and down in your imagination? Can you hear the organ playing? Can you smell candyfloss? Or can you just see a still image that refers to the human need to be entertained?
HANS OP DE BEECK: As a multidisciplinary artist, Hans Op de Beeck follows a remarkable artistic path. The list of media is long, ranging from sculpture and installation, over photography and watercolour to video and opera. During the creative process, the artist often departs from familiar situations and adds an alienating twist. In this way, Op de Beeck creates a fictional world that evokes the complexity of reality. Depending on the content of the work of art, generally from a social trend or a cultural-historical perspective, Op de Beeck considers various forms of aesthetics that not infrequently culminate in serene, minimalist forms, mixed with bombastic, Mannerist elements. With his strongly staged work, the artist wants to create tranquillity and encourage the viewers to contemplate themselves, society or the meaning of life and death.
Danse Macabre and many others incredible works can be visited now at Bruges Triennale 2021: TraumA.
From 8 May 2021 – 24 October 2021
Various Locations, Bruges, be