Michaël Borremans, Lucia Bru, Jean-Marie Bytebier, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Raoul De Keyser, Jan Dries, Ann Veronica Janssens, Renato Nicolodi, Hans Op de Beeck, Koen Van den Broek, Koen Vanmechelen, Jef Verheyen
Curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti
Organised by the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco, 3780, Venezia
Vaporetto: Sant’Angelo (line 1), San Samuele (line 2)
9 May > 22 November 2015
Belgian Artists Michaël Borremans, Lucia Bru, Jean-Marie Bytebier, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Raoul De Keyser, Jan Dries, Ann Veronica Janssens, Renato Nicolodi, Hans Op de Beeck, Koen Van den Broek, Koen Vanmechelen, Jef Verheyen have been selected to expose in PROPORTIO.
The exhibition PROPORTIO examines the role that proportion plays in our lives and the complex universe in which we live. By examining wide-ranging and diverse representations found in art, nature, physics, economics, history, science, music, medicine, and many other subjects, the study of proportion uncovers the natural patterns that are used to create everything in the material world.
Proportion is not only a question of numbers. Nor is it a simple comparison of measurements and dimensions in relation to a whole. According to Plato, the definition of proportion is the transition from duality to unity. It’s the investigation of how elements and patterns are connected and interconnected across disciplines. It’s the investigation of how we, as humans, perceive those patterns through our senses, as well as through our intuition. It’s also an exploration of how universal proportions guide our understanding of creation and the dynamic dance between order and chaos.
Throughout the course of known human history, the knowledge of proportions and sacred geometry in particular, has been applied across many civilizations for thousands of years. The sophisticated knowledge of sacred geometry, especially the golden ratio, was considered highly advanced and closely related to secretive spiritual wisdom and religious traditions. As a result, its use was controlled, because it was thought that it’s misuse might have undesirable consequences. In the Western world, the knowledge of sacred geometry was so secret that it was intentionally guarded for hundreds of years and may have been purposefully forgotten or discarded.
What was known? How was this knowledge used in the past? How can it help us to understand the world around us today? As an exhibition, the aim of PROPORTIO is to re-start a contemporary dialogue surrounding the lost knowledge of proportions and sacred geometry.
PROPORTIO features specially commissioned artworks by contemporary artists, 20th century masterpieces, Old Master paintings, archaeological artefacts, as well as architectural models and a large library of historical books on proportions. All these works provide a lens to help us see what proportion can teach us about the essential design of the present and how we can use this knowledge to create a blueprint for the future. This exhibition is an opportunity to explore universal proportions and an invitation to reflect upon the interconnectedness of our universe.