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Almine Rech

The Wall: Werner Mannaers To Make Meringue, You Must Beat The Egg

Mar 7 — Apr 13, 2024 | Brussels

Opening on Thursday March 7, 2024 from 5 to 8pm 

Almine Rech Brussels is pleased to present To Make Meringue, You Must Beat The Egg, Werner Mannaers' first solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from March 7 to April 13, 2024.

The drawings (and paintings) are a boundless exploration of form, rhythm, repetition, layering, imagination, nuance, play... You may have noticed that I have firmly avoided the word 'abstract'. To teasingly push the point - in whatever direction - I would call Werner Mannaers a figurative painter. This to make it clear that the act of categorising a visual language can only simplify an artistic reality. Of course, the artist's work is more closely aligned with a tradition of painters labelled as abstract. But I deliberately distance myself from this. Because Werner Mannaers' work is also a way of being alive, the belief that drawing and painting can be a form of resistance, a response to the instrumentalisation of our world, and thus to the instrumentalisation of art. Perhaps Werner Mannaers is the kind of artist that does the following: "Making the problem part of the viewer".

- Philippe Van Cauteren (S.M.A.K Artistic Director), Berlin, January 14 2024

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