Picture : Ode Bertrand in his worshop in Paris, 2018 © Lin Delpierre




Opening Brunch- Sunday 28.04.2019 from 13:00 to 18:00  in presence of the artist.


The Lee-Bauwens Gallery is delighted to welcome Ode Bertrand for her second solo exhibition, from 28 April to 25 May 2019. Very rarely, Ode Bertrand talks about her painting. La Discrète, the title of the exhibition, alludes to the artist's monastic personality, as in another life she would have liked: “To be a monk, wearing sandals, in an abbey, in charge of the illuminations”(1) 

“Today, the artist continues to work happily in the shadows, with no other need than to constantly question and find answers in action. Doing, getting lost in the meticulous and absorbing execution of works painted on paper and canvas by an impeccable hand, unfettered by any impulsive temptation. To better explore the rhythms, movements and digressions of the line. To create developments from one painting to another, from one series to another. This complexity at the heart of the greatest simplicity nourishes the soul and in exchange, asks for time in contemplation.”

Marie-Fabienne Aymon
Director of the Louis Moret Foundation Martigny, 1997-2017


ODE BERTRAND - Born in Paris in 1930, lives & works in Paris.

She has been a painter for nearly 40 years, after having been a dancer. From her early days, Ode Bertrand chose geometrical abstraction, without going through a figurative phase, or trying other styles. Her aunt was Aurélie Nemours, who encouraged, advised and showed the artist by example, and she was also her aunt's assistant for 35 years until her death in 2005

The position of Ode Bertrand is singular, a little student, a little disciple, adept of the same rigor both in the purification of the form that in the accuracy of the bill, but quickly possessing its own language, composed of a limited number of elements that play with strong contrasts, and her own expression, both full of restraint and emphasis on rhythm. The abstraction of Ode Bertrand is distinguished by its radicality, without it however resorting to systems and justifications like the painters of the concrete art.

« In apparent simplicity, the complexity of Ode Bertrand's work is based on subtle relationships and scholarly equilibrium. In favor of rhythm. To express an order where chaos remains. »

Serge Lemoine
President of Musée d’Orsay, 2001-2008

(1) Ode Bertrand - Trait et Lumière - Introduction by Serge Lemoine, interview with Anne Tronche, text by Evelyne de Montaudoüin, Somogy editions 2007


The exhibition LA DISCRÈTE will take place from April 28 to May 25, 2019


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_AGGREGATIONS  - KWANG YOUNG CHUN                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA

16.11.2018 – 28.07.2019


_BRUSSELS IN SONGEUN - IMAGINING CITIES BEYOND TECHNOLOGY 2.0                                                                                                                                                

SongEun Art Space, Seoul, South Korea

25.03.2019 – 08.06.2019




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Charme, 36
1190 Brussels - Belgique
+32 (0)475 411 963
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Founded in december 2012 by Minyoung Lee and Gil Bauwens, the gallery's goal is to reveal and promote artists who are mostly coming from the Korean art scene, but also to show European artists works in Korea, through exhibitions or art events. As a curator, Minyoung Lee works closely with art institutions and museums and organizes exhibitions such as TEAF 2014 (Taehwa River Eco Art Festival) in Ulsan, 3rd Identiy Hybrid 2010 in Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, Boarding Bridge 2009 in Seoul Kring Kumho Museum, Dissipation and Return 2009 in Seoul Metro Museum, or Age of Fragrance 2008 in Dae-Jeon Asia Museum. And more recently, the first solo show at the Boghossian Foundation with the south korean's artist Chun Kwang Young. And the exhibition of Chun Kwang Young "Chaotic Harmony II" in the museum de Reede in Antwerp. Brussels in Songeun, Imagining cities beyond technology 2.0. at SongEun Art Space, Seoul, South Korea. Today, the gallery represents a group of about ten international artists with a large creative scope such as sculpting, painting, new media and installations. These include Korean artists Chun Kwang Young, Sungfeel Yun, Namgoong Whan, Kim Joon, Moon Pil Shim, Kim ku Lim, Yunkyung Jeong, Sunghong Min and European artists Maurice Frydman, Ode Bertrand, Vera Molnar, Aurélie Nemours, Paola Pezzi, Javier Leòn Perez.