29 Jan – 27 Feb 2000


Pawel Althamer, Harm van den Berg, James Lee Byars, Jan Dietvorst, Nicolas Dings, Desiree Dolron, Judith Fleischmann, Gijs Frieling, Florian Göttke, Caitlin Hulscher, Emma Kay, Rudy J. Luyters, Lin de Mol, Fahrettin Orenli, Maria Pask, Jan Rothuizen, Gery De Smet, Dick Tuinder, Geerten Verheus, Rogier Walrecht, Famke van Wijk

More than six hundred years after the completion of the Lamb of God, do cultural entrepreneur's corporate agendas still make room for the sublime, for quiet, for devotion? Does art have any task other than that of decorative reassurance - is there still something sacred?

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For Devotion (concerning the missing panel of the Lamb of God)', twenty artists were asked to create work displaying, honouring and celebrating the sublime (no irony involved).

The work was to focus on the universal and timeless, not the artists' personal problems or the insanity of the day. Contemporary reliquaries, processions, rituals, self-castigating believers and whining computers. An attempt to reconstruct Heaven, a bath, the Bible from memory, unanswered questions and a DJ set. Works fashioned from wax, blood, cherry pits, gold, and in sound. A multiplicity of forms and media brought together by a yearning for the sacred and eternal.

During the exhibition, the masterpiece 'Teorema' by Pier Paolo Pasolini was shown. Thanks to Marie-Puck Broodthaers / Hyperspace Brussels for lending the work of James Lee Byars. The sacred is not always safe from the profane; The Adoration of the Lamb of God, ±1432 , Jan van Eyck. The left panel was stolen on 11 April 1934.