Exhibition

Camouflage, Behind the Abstract Pattern

Art - Nature - War

24.11.2019 - 29.03.2020 The FeliXart Museum is temporarily closed for the set-up of the exhibition. Everyone is welcome to the opening on November 24th, from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Schools

Schools, groups and families: all in khaki

Pre-school (5 year old)

Guided tour and workshop:
Where is Leon the chamleleon? Animal coloration and camouflage

Lower Primary School

Guided tour and workshop:
Hidden! Animal and human camouflage.

Upper Primary School

Guided tour and workshop:
Inspired by nature. the evolution of camouflage in history. 

Secundary School

Guided tour: Camouflage and Abstraction. Behind the abstract pattern (art, nature, war)

A guided tour is recommended but not compulsory. Classes can visit the exhibition with their teacher.
A teacher’s pack will be available on demand.
Possibility to book adapted visits as part of language courses. 

Family

Family parcours in the exhibition (from 5 years old)

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Tarifs:

€60 per class +
€2,50 per pupil

€60 per group +
€5 per entry

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Opening hours and practical info

Opening hours

Thursday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 5 pm
Group visits are also possible on other days on reservation.

The FeliXart Museum is temporarily closed for the set-up of the exhibition.
Everyone is welcome to the opening on November 24th, from 2 pm to 5 pm.

You can eat your lunch in the cafetaria, the garden, or the orchard.

Accessibility

Brussels South: Tram 82 direction Drogenbos kasteel, stop ‘Grote Baan’.
Bus MIBV/STIB: 50, 90
Bus De Lijn: 153, 154

In the surroundings

– Château of Beersel
– Paper Mill of Herisem, Alsemberg
– Chocolate temple, Côte d’Or, Halle
– Château of Gaasbeek
– Domaine Provincial of Huizingen
– Fondation Folon, La Hulpe

More: www.tripzmetdeklas.be

Calendar

24.11.2019: Vernissage – Opening
1.12.2019: creative workshop: open to all

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Exhibition

Camouflage, Behind the Abstract Pattern

Art - Nature - War

Schools

Schools, groups and families: all in khaki

More info

Opening hours and practical info

Camouflage

Camouflage, Behind the Abstract Pattern

The concept of camouflage involves much more than a particular type of abstract motif. The exhibition Camouflage: Art – Nature – War at the FeliXart Museum offers a historical overview of the various tactics and motives involved in camouflage, and examines and reflects on the theme of camouflage in art and in our contemporary societies. With the advent of facial recognition systems and the risks of invasion of privacy, the subject is more than ever topical.

The abstract camouflage patterns we are so familiar with today took shape on an experimental basis during the First World War, at the same time as Belgian artists were also experimenting with abstraction. The exhibition presents a surprising and original combination of specimens of natural camouflage, military objects and works of art. It highlights camouflage’s relation to nature, the phenomena of optical illusion and the ambiguity of images.

Artists: Abbott H. Thayer, Rik Wouters, George Creten, J. Vanden Eeckhoudt, Jules Shmalzigaug, E-F. Lecomte, Joseph Lacasse, Frans Masereel, Paul Poiret, Jos Albert, Ferdinand Schirren, Felix De Boeck, Ramah, Marthe Donas, Jozef Peeters, Edmond Van Dooren, Floris Jespers, Leo Dohmen, Robert De Smet, Marc Eemans, Marcel Lefrancq, Raoul Ubac, Willy Kessels, Victor Servranckx, J-J. Gailliard, Walter Leblanc, Michel Seuphor, Anne Bonnet, Louis Van Lint, Victor Vasarely, Maurice Wyckaert, Piet De Groof, Scott Paper, Jozef Mees, Alfons Schilling, Jan Yoors, Fred Bervoets, Pjeroo Roobjee, Emily K. Kngwarreye, Ria Pacquée, Martin Margiela, Walter Van Beirendonck, John Mawurndjul, Pascal Bernier, Lieven Segers, George Tjungurrayi, Kathleen Petyarre, Gérard Berréby, Michael Kampe, Simon Menner, Adam Harvey, Isabella Streffen, Roy Villevoye, Blexbolex, C. Gonzalez-Casanova, Gery Desmet, Sylvie De Meerleer, Adji Titus, Nidraged …

© Abbott Handerson Thayer

Nature
Art
War

Nature

Abbott Handerson Thayer

Animals develop specific colours, behaviours and patterns with which to conceal themselves in nature. These camouflage strategies form the basis of the artistic research of American painter and naturalist Abbott H. Thayer (1849-1921) and of his publication Concealing-Coloration in the Animal Kingdom: An Exposition of the Laws of Disguise Through Color and Pattern published in New York in 1909. Considered the father of scientific camouflage, Abbott Handerson Thayer researched the theme of camouflage extensively. The military aspects of his investigations served as inspiration to the English and American armies. His work on this theme, exhibited for the first time in Europe, provides the starting point for the exhibition Camouflage: Art – Nature – War.

Art

The twentieth-century eye, a different perspective

Playing with ambiguous images, dissolving the the outlines of shapes, and liberating colours are all typical of the artistic avant-garde of a century ago. The world underwent a radical change. Frames and fixed shapes blurred as people went searching for new ideals of wonderment and openness, fresh perspectives, widened horizons, economic recovery, social progress. This avant-garde approach expressed itself in particular in abstract art, of which Felix De Boeck was a pioneer in Belgium. Camouflage, the ideas it conveys and the forms it has helped popularize, inspired not only abstract artists, who played with shapes, but also Surrealists who employed it as a strategy. With the industrialization and generalization of camouflage during the Second World War, its impact increased even further, as camouflage motifs invaded fashion, music, cinema and, quite naturally, counter-culture.

War

Optical illusions in the firing line

The First World War, which marked an indisputable turning point in the history of the twentieth century, also advanced many technical innovations of its day. Among these it established camouflage as a real military science aimed at protecting one’s own troops, and surprising, distracting and, above all, deceiving the enemy. At the same time as soldiers traded their traditional coloured uniforms for more sober colours, numerous tactical experiments were conducted to teach soldiers to blend in with the natural environment and to deceive the enemy. Concealment (krypsis) and imitation (mimesis) are just two of the many forms and techniques of animal camouflage applied to military engineering. In the navy, a different motif and principle was developed: the razzle dazzle. This camouflage technique, consisting of linear and disruptive motifs is intended, not to make a ship invisible, but to make it difficult for the enemy to determine its course and speed. This form of camouflage has a disruptive effect on the predator’s vision, in the same way as the stripes of a herd of zebras intersect and blur a lion’s perception of them.

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About the FeliXart Museum

In an unexpected location, in the centre of the now urbanized municipality of Drogenbos, lies the FeliXart Museum, surrounded by a 5 hectare green oasis. This estate formerly belonged to Felix De Boeck (1898-1995), one of the pioneers of abstract art in Belgium. The museum opened in 1996 and focuses on the abstract art of historical avant-gardes, contemporary art and questions of visual perception. Through various projects, including exhibitions and publications of national and international importance, the museum has developed real expertise in these areas, taking, in recent years, an increasingly prominent place in the museum world.

FeliXart fully camouflaged

On the occasion of the exhibition, the theme of camouflage has been developed across the FeliX site, both in the museum (FeliXart) and in the surrounding 5 ha eco-area (FeliXeco). A portion of the museum’s façade will be camouflaged and integrated into the exhibition as part of a participatory project involving the inhabitants of Drogenbos.

Calendar

24.11.2019: Vernissage – Opening
1.12.2019: creative workshop: open to all
13 & 14.12.2019: Scientific workshop “New perspectives on camouflage and abstraction” – session 2
29.12.2019: Cine-club: “Harry Potter en de Steen der Wijzen”
12.01.2020: creative workshop: open to all
9.02.2020: creative workshop: open to all
Krokusvakantie – vacances de printemps – spring holiday:
24.02 – 28.02.2020: Camouflage stage
8.03.2020: Family day