8th Biennial of Painting
From 26 June to 2 October 2022, MDD, mudel en Roger Raveel Museum present the 8th edition of the Biennial of Painting. MDD’s exhibition, entitled The ‘t’ is Silent, is curated by curator Gabi Ngcobo and artist Oscar Murillo.
Painting, historically regarded as the ‘royal road’ of artistic practice, has over the centuries meant that the art form, alongside drawing, served as a foundation for artistic education, where such education was available. The history of western art pedagogy in colonised places across the world often reveals that the colonial government’s rule was indirectly played out in how formal artistic pedagogies were organised. The recent calls for decolonial education around the world – fuelled by the Black Lives Matter and other affiliated movements, as well as the pandemic – have inspired reconsiderations of the human condition and the politics of care. At the same time, these social movements have coincided with a new rise in representational painting that has been critiqued, in the words of artist Olu Oguibe, as “jolly, no-worries, all sunshine and flowers, ebullient wealthy middle-class representation of Blackness…”
The ‘t’ is Silent operates adjacent to this renewed emergence. Departing from the work of Jenny Montigny in MDD’s collection and Oscar Murillo’s Disrupted Frequencies, this exhibition focuses on artists and works that record time differently, works that are about painting or that think through the medium of painting as a form of journaling – of working things through and of learning anew. The artists featured in this exhibition face history and the present by embracing ‘trouble’ and a kind of ‘paining’ that forces one to decide, in a time marked indecision. Where objects disappear, they are replaced by feelings and energy; where they appear they are being dissected in order to uncover another world of possibilities.
Oscar Murillo (1986, Valle del Cauca, Colombia) is based in various locations. His body of work demonstrates a sustained emphasis on the notion of cultural exchange and the multiple ways in which ideas, languages, and even everyday items are displaced, circulated, and increasingly intermingled.
Gabi Ngcobo (1974, eThekwini, South Africa) engages in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational projects in South Africa and on an international scope. She is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platform NGO – Nothing Gets Organised. NGO focuses on processes of self-organisation that take place outside of predetermined structures, definitions, contexts, or forms.
About the Biennial of Painting
Since 2008, MDD, mudel and Roger Raveel Museum have simultaneously presented paintings from Belgium and abroad every two years. This ‘celebration of painting’ always departs from the context and the collection of the three museums. For this 8th edition, each museum explores the history of painting in its own unique way. The result is three exhibitions, for which each museum invites one or more guest curators who, based on an individual selection, shed light on the characteristics of the medium of painting and link it to current themes.
The Biennial of Painting is an ideal cultural excursion or weekend trip for the whole family. The three museums are located in a straight line barely 13 kilometres from each other. Combine a visit to the three museums with a combi-ticket and a cycling or walking tour through the beautiful Leie region.
Anh Trần, Annabelle Agbo Godeau, Brandon Ndife, Chemu Ng’ok, Dalton Paula, Donna Kukama, Francis Offman, Hamishi Farah, Jenny Montigny, Kerry James Marshall, Marcela Cantuária, Misheck Masamvu, Oscar Murillo