The Spectacle of Our Lives

Every year, De Studio functions as the central location for the Antwerp Art Weekend and Antwerp Art invites a curator to produce an exhibition in one or more of De Studio's many rooms. This time, Antwerp Art invited artist duo and Brussels based artist run exhibition space Deborah Bowmann, or Amaury Daurel and Victor Delestre, to create a site specific exhibition in De Studio's biggest space: a giant black box. Titled 'The Spectacle of Our Lives', the exhibition is narrated by its artworks, the pieces activating and de-activating, being lit at specific moments in time, while others remain engulfed in darkness, the exposition changing to a slow rhythm. Performers enter the stage, or rather the exhibition space, outspoken and loudly, as well as emerging from a place hidden in plain sight. Art pieces will start to perform and visitors too, who unwarily become part of the whole, blurring the lines between art, artist and the spectator. The exhibition, the spectacle, will not be the same an hour later, so make sure to come back multiple times throughout the duration of the Antwerp Art Weekend in order to experience the entire thing.

'The Spectacle of Our Lives' shows pieces by artists Anouchka Oler-Nussbaum, Stefanie Schwarzwimmer, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Elise van Mourik, Stéphane Barbier Bouvet, Laurie Charles & Nicolas Jorio, Théo Demans & Carolin Gieszner, Arnaud Eubelen, Benoît Gruel, Coraline Guilbeau, Romain Juan, Felix Kindermann, Eva L’Hoest, Stephanie Quirola Margaux Parillaud & Mie Frederikke Fischer Christensen, Clément Carat and Hugo Dinër, is curated by Deborah Bowmann and is realized with the support of Antwerp Art, De Studio, Flanders and the City of Antwerp.

Edit: Art Viewer featured the full documentation of The Spectacle of Our Lives on their platform.

De Studio doesn't just house Deborah Bowmann's 'The Spectacle of Our Lives'. Subbacultcha Belgium, who normally takes care of the Nacht van de Beeldende Kunst, Antwerp Art Weekend's celebratory party, now instead has put together a community exhibition after launching an open call to their readers with the oppurtunity to present their work on the first floor of De Studio. The exhibition shows over a hundred pieces of art, from young artists all over Belgium.

And in De Studio's foyer you'll be able to find TIM Magazine's bookshop. TIM Magazine is a recently launched biannual artist's magazine that focuses primarily on the work of an emerging generation of artists, also using the magazine as an exhibition platform and a place where artists can meet and openly talk about their practice. For the Antwerp Art Weekend, TIM asked AAW participants, their affiliates and beyond to submit their publications, as they will be presenting and selling a curated selection.

Find out who curated who, what and when in this extensive overview of past exhibitions at De Studio during Antwerp Art Weekend.
For more information on the De Studio's current exhibitions, navigate here.