After the war, he settled in Brussels. There, he was co-founder of Jeune Peinture Belge and also had contacts with Cobra. In this period, his lasting friendship with Pierre Alechinsky and Hugo Claus also came about. In 1956, he went to the United States, where he was head of the painting department of the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1974 he found a new home in the circle around gallery De Zwarte Panter in Antwerp. Jan Cox considered his artistry as an artistic and humanistic project. He painted surreal and magical scenes but also numerous haunting expressionist works. He chose classical themes: Orpheus, Homer’s Iliad, Judith and Holofernes, the Passion of Christ, in which autobiographical references merge with general human problems. They invite the viewer to reflect on the human condition, the hopes and terrors of the modern world.
Jan Cox-EN – Living one’s art
Jan Cox (1919-1980) was born in The Hague and spent his youth in Amsterdam. Shortly before the Second World War he moved with his parents and brother, composer Harry Cox, to Antwerp and studied art history at Ghent University.
The ethnographic literature of the 20th century focused mainly on the sculptural traditions of the numerous ethnic groups that populated Southern Nigeria while the more northern areas remained largely terra incognita. In 2013 Jan Strybol published a study on the sculpture of Northern Nigeria. He pointed out that in many parts of this region there are peoples who still had, at least until recently, their own sculptural tradition.
Despite some field research, our knowledge of the sacred among the Mumuye is very limited. In all these non-hierarchical groups, which are dichotomous and antinomian in composition, the va-complex predominates, which has a rich semantic meaning, with certain emphases prevailing depending on the circumstances. Religious power resides in sacred objects watched over by the elders.
In Bruegel Revisited, renowned Flemish artists use photography, graphics, installations, video and film to find an answer to the question of what Breugel can mean for the 21st century. The location for this exhibition is the Castle of Bouchout, situated in the National Botanic Garden in Meise.
Herman Asselberghs, Anne Daems, Building Transmissions & Douglas Park, Vincent Meessen, Hans Op De Beeck, Arno Roncada, Katrien Vermeire, Angelo Vermeulen, Dirk Zoete.
Curator: Prof. Dr. Hilde Van Gelder, Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography and Visual Studies