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JAN VANRIET - DE STAD BEWEEGT IN DE PALM VAN MIJN HAND

SOME CULTURE...

2004

In this long, narrow corridor with two moving walkways, Jan Vanriet uses the space to the full: he uses the walls as a background for a sort of story in pictures, an analogy with the old wall tapestries in which we find all sorts of themes flowing along together: the first steps on the moon, Place De Brouckère, terrace chairs… There is a mix of architectural context, in other words the Place De Brouckère itself, the Rogier concept architecture from the middle of the last century, mixed with modern skyscrapers and components of the metro itself: escalators, signs, etc. The idea for this work of art comes from a poem by Benno Barnard, and fragments of this text feature in the work of art, along with a song by Jacques Brel in which he sings about Brussels and the Place de Brouckère. Pieces of linocut, mixed with photos were used to create “The city is moving in the palm of my hand”