DIERIC BOUTS. Creator of images
From the 20th of October until the 14th of January M will present an extensive retrospective exhibition on Dieric Bouts. Never before have so many works by the Flemish Master been brought together in his hometown. Moreover, you get a totally new perspective on work that was made more than five centuries ago — through a radical confrontation with today's visual culture.
Dieric Bouts (ca. 1410-1475), who could be mentioned in the same breath as Jan Van Eyck or Rogier Van der Weyden, is one of the most important Flemish Masters. The painter spent most of his life in Leuven, which is also where he painted his best panels of rich scenes, powerful portraits and otherworldly landscapes. Bouts was even given the honorary title of painter of the city in 1472. At that time, Leuven was undergoing tremendous urban renewal, experiencing its glory days thanks to the new university – the ideal context for Bouts to develop as a Renaissance artist.
The concept of this exhibition is definitely radical: we are not looking at Bouts as an artist. The image we have today of the artiste peintre did not exist in the 15th century. Dieric Bouts was not a romantic genius or brilliant inventor, he was an image-maker. He painted what was expected of him and excelled at it, just think about master pieces such as The Last Supper and The Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus. That is why it makes sense to juxtapose him with today's image-makers: sports photographers, filmmakers and game developers. M places them side-by-side with the old master.
Plan your visit
Buy your ticket (with time slot) in advance, so we can make sure everyone has a nice visit.
M is open:
Every day: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Publication 'DIERIC BOUTS. Creator of Images'
Dieric Bouts is one of the most elusive figures in the history of Western art. Flemish primitive of the second generation, painter of silence – such are the labels that are usually attributed to him. But was the Master of Brabant not more than that?
This book attempts to get closer to this enigmatic figure. Bouts had both feet in his world: it is perhaps that we seem unable to understand his work. This book includes comprehensive essays and shorter texts that outline the social, intellectual, and artistic context in which Bouts worked. They highlight his oeuvre from new angles and offer new perspectives on works that are now more than five centuries old – through a radical confrontation with the visual culture of today. The result is a more nuanced image of the great artist from Leuven. Dieric Bouts regains his place in the history of art as the eye-expanding maker of images that he was.
The publication (€55) is available for purchase at Barbóék in M.