THE COLOURS OF MONOCHROMEMARTHE WÉRY, TOURNAI MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
In 2004, the BPS22 team held the largest exhibition to be dedicated to the artist Marthe Wéry (Brussels, 1930 - 2005) in Brussels. The exhibition took place at the Museum of Fine Arts in Tournai, as part of Lille 2004, the European Capital of Culture. The Colours of Monochrome brought together previous works of the artist as well as new creations inspired by the museum's collections and its architecture, which was designed by Victor Horta. The museum is constantly filled with natural light as it was built with a panoptic design, which offers multiple views of its galleries and creates a 'connection' between exhibition pieces. Marthe Wéry took this feature into account before deciding how her series would be presented according to the museum space and according to the location of previous works which served as points of contrast. Some of the series occupied the wall, like coloured shapes across a canvas, while others were displayed more 'neutrally' in the modernist tradition.
This original presentation of Marthe Wéry's work was characterised by so many features: earlier artwork, natural light, architecture, multiple viewpoints and work displayed in a variety of ways.
Exhibition Curator: Pierre-Olivier Rollin