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Exhibitions - Assemblies - Jan Dewilde

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From 12 april till 21 june 2020

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the ECC will be closed till the 19th of April.


Jan Dewilde was born in Kortrijk (Belgium) in 1955 (on the 1st of April). He was a teacher plastic education, music and expression of movement in special secondary education for young people with intellectual disabilities.

"The spontaneous and uncomplicated way of working and the somewhat childish imagination of these young people certainly influenced me.

I have been passionately occupied with assemblies for ten years. Assemblies are images created by combining existing objects. They merge and a completely different meaning is created. An example of a world famous assembly is the Picasso bull head, made with only a bicycle saddle and a handlebar. 

I am fascinated by old objects. They are silent witnesses to our past. Often made by hand, experienced, patinated by intense use. Wood, metal, leather: pure. Beautiful but useless. My objects give these objects a second chance.

I am not working with a predetermined plan. Sometimes it goes fast. As if my eye immediately fell on what was needed. Sometimes I have to play a bit first. I like simplicity. A statue often consists of one to four objects. Sometimes it seems that art must be heavy, difficult, complicated and important. I like to play, to have fun, to be light and amazed childish.

Thank you for your smile."


You can visit his exhibition in the ECC from 12 April till 21 Juin 2020, every Sunday from 10 to 12 am and from 2 to 5 pm. Groups of 10 persons or more are welcome on other days by appointment.