Archive 2013

Leonid Brezhnev, soviet leader and Colonel Gaddafi April 27, 1981 in Moscow
Leonid Brezhnev, soviet leader and Colonel Gaddafi April 27, 1981 in Moscow

15.02.13 - 09.06.13

Power! Photos! Freedom!

A cheering crowd in a Libyan sports stadium, gazing hopefully in the direction of their leader. Thus started the dubious political career of Muammar Gaddafi, a career which would end 42 years later in blood and gore. The photos went around the world. The FOMU focuses on the power of photography during recent events in the Arab world. The extensive Gaddafi archives are complemented by photographs on Syria, Egypt and Tunisia. Even though photography is clearly the ultimate propaganda tool for leaders in authoritarian regimes, it can also prove to be an important weapon for the people during a revolution. 

 

 

 

 

Babugeri, Bulgarije Reeks: Wilder Mann, 2010-11
Babugeri, Bulgarije Reeks: Wilder Mann, 2010-11

15.02.13 – 09.06.13
Charles Freger: Wilder Mann

Who are these people, covered in heavy animal skins or straw skirts and adorned with cow bells or goat's legs? Charles Fréger (FR, °1975) accompanied traditional groups to remote, unspoilt places. The rituals create a sense of unity with the land, with the ancient customs and with each other. Fréger shows us a forgotten slice of European culture, which is as close as it is alive.

 

 

 

 

 

Bateke stamhoofd
Casimir Zagourski: Bateke stamhoofd, Belgisch-Congo, ca. 1930

15.02.13 - 09.06.13

Camera exotica: Selection from the FOMU collection

Photography played an important role in the western European perception of the exotic worlds, because it opened up a dialogue about what is 'foreign' and fuelled people's imagination in the process. The FOMU shows a selection of photographs from its own collection going back to the very beginning of photography up until the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28.06.13 – 06.10.13
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Music and photography are inseparably linked. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet shows the work of photographers who stand out for their unique style and original approach. The exhibition includes intimate backstage portraits, eccentric group portraits and iconic album covers. FOMU is showing work by, among others, Joris Bulckens, Dean Chalkley, Daniel Cohen, Charlie De Keersmaeker, Koen Keppens, Ryan McGinley, James Mollison, Alex Salinas, Michael Schmelling, Oliver Sieber, Alex Vanhee, Eva Vermandel and Rob Walbers. The exhibition includes album cover art, music videos, photography books and an installation by Radio Soulwax. 

 

 

Jongen in vijver onder planten

28.06.13 - 06.10.13
Ruud Van Empel

The photography of Ruud van Empel (NL, °1958) is hailed for its haunting beauty. He creates collages using hundreds of fragments of his own work. Van Empel uses Photoshop to construct romantic, fictional worlds and conjures up people and landscapes that only exist within a photographic reality. The images depict lovely dreamscapes. However, the shadowy side of this beauty is never far away.

 

 

 

Series: Jesus, Make-up and foorball
Series: Jesus, Make-up and foorball

28.06.13 – 06.10.13
Young Belgian photography

FOMU presents the second exhibition in the series Young Belgian Photography. This edition will show work by Frederik Buyckx (BE, °1984) , Max Pinckers (BE, °1988) and David Widart (BE, °1982) , three nominees for the Paule Pia rize for young Belgian photography. While their work cannot be placed in one category, they are evenly matched in their conviction and dedication.




 

Koningin Fabiola, Kasteel van Laken, Brussel, 1976
Koningin Fabiola, Kasteel van Laken, Brussel, 1976

25.10.13 - 02.03.14 
Germaine Van Parys & Odette Dereze

Germaine Van Parys (BE, 1896–1983) was a pioneer in Belgian photo journalism. Together with her godchild Odette Dereze (BE, º1932), Van Parys accomplished an impressive oeuvre. Their work offers a unique insight into the history of Belgium from 1918 until the end of the last century. Van Parys made an important contribution to the development of professional photography in Belgium. Odette Dereze’s work also reflects a broad interest in politics, culture, business and events. This exhibition was realized with the help of the foundation Germaine Van Parys and co-curator Johan Swinnen.

 

Matsesta, Russia 2009
Matsesta, Russia 2009

25.10.13 - 02.03.14
The Sochi Project: An atlas of war and tourism in the Caucasus - Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggen

The Winter Olympics in 2014 will be held in Sochi, South Russia. It will be the most expensive Games ever and takes place in a subtropical resort and near the very brutal North Caucasus. Since 2009, photographer Rob Hornstra (NL, °1975) and author Arnold van Bruggen (NL, °1979) have worked without interruption on a comprehensive documentary about this controversial conflict area. Topics including corruption, violence, terrorism and tourism are the common themes throughout the project.

www.thesochiproject.org  

Théâtre de 10 heures à Bruxelles, ca. 1930
Théâtre de 10 heures à Bruxelles, ca. 1930

17.10.13 - 08.06.14 
FOMU Collection: Le Lynx

Press photography forms an inherent part of our society. Images tell and illustrate stories in newspapers and magazines. With the creation of the news agency Le Lynx, Jospeh Quatannens (BE, 1902–1974) contributed to the professionalization of the young sector of photojournalism.

The archives of Le Lynx are unlocked and preserved by the FOMU.

 

 

 

 

 

De Volkskrant
De Volkskrant

25.10.13 - 02.03.14 
Editing the news

The news that ends up in the newspapers at our breakfast tables has been subjected to endless filters. Every day, thousands of photographs are posted to editorial offices, while only a few make it to the finish. With this exhibition FOMU questions these selection rounds. Why is one image chosen above another? Through whose lenses are we looking anyway? With work from Hans Aarsman, Alfredo Jaar, Martijn Kleppe, Paul Qaysi and Frank Schallmaier.

This exhibition was realized in collaboration with Belga News Agency, Time and Myriade.