Dive into the world of the Roaring Twenties with the exhibition on the art journal Variétés

E.L.T. Mesens, La lumière déconcertante, 1926

E.L.T. Mesens, La lumière déconcertante, 1926

From 30 November, VANDENHOVE - Centre for Architecture and Art will take you to the exhibition ’Variétés (1928-1930) and photography from the Amsab-ISG collection’. A must for lovers of modernism and photography from the 1920s.

Variétés: Revue mensuelle illustrée de l’esprit contemporain was a Belgian art journal published between May 1928 and April 1930 through the initiative of Paul-Gustave van Hecke and E.L.T. Mesens, amongst others. Artistically and culturally progressive, this journal existed only for two years but managed to develop a new and modernist visual language in only 24 issues. Each of its these focused on contemporary phenomena such as the modern metropolis, industrial technology, new forms of entertainment and the New Woman. Variétés included photographs, photograms and photomontages by leading avant-garde photographers such as Eugène Atget, Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, László Moholy-Nagy, Eli Lotar, and Man Ray. By combining their photographs in a playful and often intriguing or fascinating new way,Variétés created formal, rhythmic, narrative, expressive, and symbolic visual associations of which the effects were often poetic and sometimes funny or shocking. Some eighty vintage photographs from the extensive Amsab-ISG-collection as well as the original issues of the journal will be on display at VANDENHOVE.

This exhibition is an initiative of VANDENHOVE - Centre for Architecture and Art, Ghent University and Amsab, the Institute for Social History. It is curated by Steven Humblet and Steven Jacobs and realized in collaboration with students and ex-students of Art History at Ghent University. Realized thanks to the support of P&V Insurances.

’Variétés (1928-1930) and photography from the Amsab-ISG collection’ runs from 30 November 2018 to 16 February 2019 (closed between Christmas and New Year) in Rozier 1, Ghent. More information.