For more than 5,000 years, glass has been one of the most difficult materials for man to master. The "Venetian Frenzy – Spanish Glass from the 16th to the 18th Century" exhibition offers a selection of more than 200 Spanish glass art objects, the result of a fusion between "Venice-style" glass and local shapes and decorations
Most of the pieces that will be exhibited at the Grand Curtius in Liège between 8 June and 20 August 2012 come from the private collection of Isy Halpern. An antiques dealer from Liège, who has been passionate about history for more than thirty years, he "hunts" and – driven by his passion for Jewish history – has built up a significant collection of objects that evoke the great moments of Judaism through their variety and the diversity of their origins, from its glory days to its major tribulations.
Liège, the 1930s. Joseph and Chaia Wygocki, who did not return from Auschwitz. © Coll. Sophie Kornowski, Dannes-Camiers Fund. Approximately ten years ago, sons and grandsons of former Jewish deportees from the Liège region in the camps of northern France committed themselves to keeping the memory of this tragic episode alive.
Both police and photography are lawful forces: one through its attempts to maintain order and the other through its technique and power to bear witness. It is no wonder, then, that they came together and that investigative work quickly came to view the photo as a valuable tool for determining facts and establishing evidence.
In spring 2011, the Grand Curtius museum presented the Curtius Circus exhibition, which was the result of a pilot project carried out with students from the 1st year of the Advertising Masters at the ESAL (Liège Royal Academy of Fine Arts). This aimed to be a playful reinterpretation of the objects in the collections, offering a new, altered perspective. The exhibition broke away from the still well-rooted stereotype of a "dead” museum, turning this inwards.
This exhibition will present the winners and works selected during the 23rd edition of the competition, which is organised, with the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, by the Domaine de la Lice, an association of Belgian creative artists working with tapestries. Tapestries are a means of expression in their own right and are a part of several studies in contemporary art.