The artist also makes the most of the specific nature of the site to establish an interaction with the contemporary architecture of the museum space, but also with the Grand-Hornu site’s neoclassical architecture. Ne rien dire, ne rien voir, ne rien entendre (1999) or No More Heroes (2011), placed outside, particularly resonate with the industrial site, whilst the MACS bridge room (over 40 metres long) takes the form of a sculpture gallery, instilling a surprising dialogue between Le Marteleur, an emblematic work by Constantin Meunier, and the assemblage sculptures which Johan Muyle created using plaster moulds, such as De Spinario - Le Tireur d’épine (2017).
To round off the exhibition, Johan Muyle chose to enlarge the work Singin’ in the Rain (2008) to the scale of the final museum room and to accentuate its spectacular aspect to make a monumental installation combining assemblage sculpture and cinematographic staging.
The artist will give two performances during the preview. The first is a tableau vivant which is perceptibly reminiscent of L’Amie du magicien (1989). The second incorporates an evocation of the current health crisis that has come about with the emergence of the Covid-19 virus.
They will be filmed and screened throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Curator: Denis Gielen