Freedom is a concept to which Albert attaches great importance, not only in terms of style and subject matter, but also in his own artistic development. When the demand for Niemeyer’s works exploded in the 1980s and his creations found their way into both private and company collections, the artist remained true to himself and his ideals. His aim is to bring timeless quality. Creativity prevails. It typifies Niemeyer as an artist: self-willed, sincere, penetrating, expressive, inquisitive and always developing.
With TraumA, the Triennial of Bruges dives into the ‘uncanny’ history and reality of Bruges. Historical layers are exposed, forgotten or hidden storylines discussed. This edition explores the thin line between dream and trauma, between paradise and hell. It appeals to the imagination, to the pomp and circumstance, but also to the ‘uncanny’ that is present underground. For although Bruges seems to be a dream destination for many, poverty, loneliness, pollution or fear also lurk in this picture-perfect world.
Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA uses artistic and architectural interventions to bring the less attractive aspects to the surface and make them part of the city’s image. It creates a polyphonic discourse, where there is room for imagination, beauty, darkness and complexity. A space where artists and architects can explore both the stage and the dusty wings. Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA balances between the present and the hidden. With a course of sculptural, architectural and organic creations, it is a celebration of the versatility and mobility of this city.
Between private and public.
Between dream and nightmare.
27 x 20 cm
Bilingual edition: English/Dutch