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Daniel Buren, Michel Francois, Bertrand Lavier and Walter Swennen in Private Views

28 April—13 August 2023
Group exhibition at La Boverie, Liège, Belgium

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Before museums began to embrace new forms of expression, it were private collectors who, by visiting workshops, exhibitions, and fairs, helped cultivate the art of today. In this city and surrounding areas, there is still a strong network of dedicated collectors who support contemporary art.

For the first time in Wallonia, a group of private collectors have agreed to loan a large number of pieces for an exhibition that is solely based on their contributions. By breaking down the walls of the traditional museum, these loans will allow visitors to discover a vast array of mostly new pieces, highlighting areas of contemporary art that most museums rarely explore.

Private views is therefore an alternative form of a contemporary museum, providing a living representation of our cultural history in direct connection with the world of today. It is a surprising and dazzling, bold and humorous, thought-provoking and stimulating discovery of works that have been carefully collected by people of all backgrounds, driven by their passion for art alone.

The selection, made from a vast collection of several thousand pieces, will take visitors on a journey through five decades of artistic creation, comparing internationally renowned artists with creators from our region, just as the collectors do themselves, in an exceptional dialogue with the works chosen from the permanent collections.

The exhibition will feature works by: Pierre Alechinsky, Francis Alys, Charlotte Beaudry, Christian Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Marlene Dumas, Jan Fabre, Michel François, Simon Hantaï, Shirley Jaffe, Bertrand Lavier, Barbara and Michael Leisgen, Sol LeWitt, Jacques Lizène, Bernd Lohaus, Giorgio Morandi, Herman Nitsch, Niki de St Phalle, Walter Swennen, Philippe Vandenberg and many others.