05/09/2019 – 19/10/2019

5 Rue Saint Georges, 1050 Ixelles.

For his first exhibition at the Félix Frachon Gallery, Jimmy Ruf proposes « Vanishing point  « 

My work engages with vanity. The concept first appeared in one of the books of the Old Testament: The Poetic Books –Ecclesiastes 1.2. “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity…”. This “all” is the central point of my reflection. If all is vanity, then all living and manufactured forms yield to this observation. My art aims to transpose this absolute state of finiteness.

Starting from this first notion of vanity, I embrace the main themes of the human –the inanity of the human –death, sex, religion… with which we are assaulted, notably through the imagery of mass culture. For example, when we watch death and violence on television, our propensity to digest these actions becomes automatic. Through my work, I try to create a pause, a time to reflect and so a time to think of states of being: of solitude, morality, guilt…

My work is created through different mediums. Images appear as representations of “objects” [1]. I use writing to evoke mental imagery, these “words” do not drive the audience to the world they describe, but act purely as arbitrary signs.

[1] –I choose the word “object” as my perspective is essentially an artistic and aesthetic one. The images presented to the observer are above all objects, which, under a diktat demanded by remembered experience, take on symbolic forms.

Artist’s statement




05/09/2019 – 19/10/2019

26 Rue Saint Georges, 1050 Ixelles.

L’exposition « Art Naif, joies et couleurs du Brésil. Collection Lucien Finkelstein » présente un ensemble d’œuvres de peintres naïfs brésiliens provenant directement de la collection privée de Lucien Finkelstein, réalisateur et fondateur du MIAN – Museu Internacional de Arte Naif do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro.

L’Art Naïf, un des cinq plus grands courants artistiques de l’histoire moderne, occupe une position très importante dans l’art brésilien.

Les naïfs brésiliens sont en effet les plus authentiques porte-paroles de la peinture et de la vie brésilienne. Cette exposition est donc pensée comme une fenêtre ouverte sur la faune et la flore du Brésil, ses manifestations culturelles et populaire, son syncrétisme religieux ambiant, sa vie quotidienne en ville et en campagne, perçus et retransmis à travers le prisme de l’Art Naïf.

Découvrir cette ingénuité, cette liberté, cette simplicité, mais aussi les couleurs comme nulles autres tropicales, chaudes et séductrices à l’image de la joie de vivre du peuple brésilien, c’est finalement rencontrer l’essence même de nos peintres brésiliens naifs.

– Jacqueline Finkelstein


Infos pratiques
Du mardi au samedi
5 rue saint georges
1050 Bruxelles - Belgique
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The gallery was created to present and promote in and from Brussels, the young contemporary art scenes from the « emerging » countries. Following of seasonal themed programmation of 5 to 7 solo-shows questioning the essence of frontiers, time and politics, different discours, medias, origins, and art practices. The seasons are as follow: India 2016/17, Africa and its diaspora 17/18, Central & South America 18/19 and Arabic Countries 19/20. All the shows in one season are interlinked not by the « origin » or « place of work » of the artist, but by the questions and « Propos » defended by each artist. Following our aim to introduce different cultures, a book will be edited and a seminar organized.