Back to Basics, Riet van der Linden

13 Decembre 2020 - 10 Janvier 2021
December 13, 2020 - January 10, 2021 


With the sole objective of showing new talents, once a year, Art'Loft organizes a personal exhibition of a "Guest Artist". This year, we are proud to present the work of Riet van de Linden in this "Back to basics exhibition.

Riet van der Linden is a Dutch artist and writer, based in Bourg sur Gironde in France and Shenzhen in China.

Riet van der Linden was educated as an art historian in the Netherlands at the universities of Leiden and Amsterdam. At the beginning of the 1980’s she became involved in the Dutch women’s art movement (Stichting Vrouwen in de Beeldende Kunst) based in Amsterdam. She organised exhibitions, symposia and workshops on feminist issues, whilst initiating exchanges with women art organisations abroad. From 1991-1995 editor in chief of Ruimte (a Dutch feminist art magazine). She was co-founder -president of the International Organization for Women in the Arts (IAWA) and co-founder -president of the Judith Leyster Foundation (An award for senior women artists). During 1995, Riet van der Linden lived in Chicago (USA) and became a visiting professor at the University of Chicago(Illinois). In 1999, in addition to writing about contemporary art she started to write fiction (short stories) and developed as an artist.

Her artistic career accelerated in 2013 when Riet van der Linden moved to Shenzhen (China)where she set up a new studio to create works painted in gouache on cardboard packaging found at random in the street. Her work is not the result of preconceived ideas but rather the logical consequence of the unusual medium, a cardboard box decomposing into its original one-dimensional form. This is how Riet van der Linden's work takes shape, on these unfolded cardboard boxes, no recognizable images, just pictorial elements, a visual play between lines, abstract geometric shapes and color.

The affinity with avant-garde movements such as De Stijl (an artistic movement that originated in the Netherlands as part of its cultural heritage) or Constructivism will come to us naturally.

"My art consists in a residual treatment, in the transformation of the waste collected in my environment, generating a form of visual poetry"

Riet van der Linden


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Art'Loft, Lee-Bauwens gallery, is an art gallery where artworks are showcased in a living space. When you step into this old printing house in Brussels, you are walk- ing into a loft space where art is not only exhibited but also shared. This excep- tional configuration allows visitors to discover the works in a living interior while the artists have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a multi-purpose place that focuses on their art. Founded in december 2012 by Min Young 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, Min Young 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. Recently, the gallery collaborated with Asad Raza for the first personal exhibition organized by the Boghossian Foundation at the prestigious Villa Empain. An event entirely dedicated to the Korean artist Chun Kwang Young, performed in parallel with the exhibition Chaotic Harmony organized at the gallery. In 2019, as curator with Pooluna Chung (Laurence Geoffrey’s, Ltd.) and Ramona Van Gansbeke (GLUON), Min Young Lee organizes the exhibition : Brussels in SongEun: imagining cities beyond 2.0 technology, during the visit of the King of Belgians in Seoul. With artists as Je Baak, Younes Baba-Ali, Pierre Jean Giloux, LAb[au], LarbitsSisters, Félix Luque Sánchez, AnneMarie Maes, Mioon, Hye Min Park, Beat Streuli, Thomas Willemen, Ji Hye Yeom Today, the gallery represents a group of about fifteen international artists consti- tuting a broad creative panorama ranging from sculpture to painting and associating them with new media and installation. Korean artists such as Chun Kwang Young, Yun Sungfeel, Kim Joon, Moon Pil Shim, Nam Tchun-Mo, Kim Hyun-Sik, Jeong Yun Kyung and Sunghong Min, Jiana Kim goes along with European artists such as Aurélie Nemours, Maurice Frydman, Ode Bertrand , Paola Pezzi, Daniel Pandini, Javier León Perez.