“Matters of Concern | Matières à panser”: an exhibition series at La Verrière

27 Apr
6 Jul 2019
Lois Weinberger
Lois Weinberger, Holding the Earth, 2010 photographie, 60 × 90 cm. Courtesy Salle Principale, Paris © Paris Tsitsos
Jean-Luc Moulène
Jean-Luc Moulène, Divertimento, 2019, terre cuite, celluloïd, 50 × 28 × 24 cm. Courtesy de l’artiste and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris © Florian Kleinefenn
Odonchimeg Davaadorj, Carnet « EEJ », 2014, encre de Chine sur toile, 8 pages, 30 × 42 cm. Courtesy de l’artiste © Odonchimeg Davaadorj
Opening in 2019, “Matters of Concern | Matières à panser” is the third series of exhibitions curated by Guillaume Désanges for La Verrière. Following on from “Des gestes de la pensée” (“Gestures, and thought”) and “Poésie balisitique” (“Ballistic poetry”), this series coheres around a particular attention to materials. With a title borrowed from philosopher Bruno Latour, it features a wide range of different approaches that variously foreground the spiritual, social, symbolic, therapeutic and magical properties attributed to materials. Across the exhibitions that make up the series, new relations between art and the living world, objects and material elements emerge. Désanges offers an open exploration that sets out to pay close attention to, and even to “care” for, materials, as well as to grasp their transformational power.

The inaugural exhibition of the series creates original links between objects and both recent and existing works of art. Its approach goes beyond the traditional hierarchies that govern craft and art, foregrounding magical and therapeutic practices: from artisanal stained glass celebrating Mamadou, the healer of Roubaix, to the cathartic and therapeutic dance of Anna Halprin; from Fabric’art’s détournements of medical objects to the cellular tapestries of Karen Kamenetzky; from Raymonde Arcier’s feminist dolls to Aline Ribière’s symbolic and organic garments and the shamanic effigies of Harald Thys and Jos de Gruyter. Many of the artists whose work features in the exhibition share a common interest in reconceiving modes of material production and usage by emphasising attention and care. Through their ideas and their gestures, they point to the possibility of a shift in perspective that might allow the world to regain its enchantment.

Visual arts
La Verrière
“Matters of Concern | Matières à panser” is the third series of exhibitions curated by Guillaume Désanges for La Verrière.
From April 27 to July 6, 2019, the inaugural exhibition of this series encompasses a wide range of different artistic practices.
Each one of these practices offers a potential avenue for bringing enchantment back into the world.


Exhibition dates

“Matters of Concern | Matières à panser”, from 27/04/2019 to 06/07/2019 featuting :

  • Igshaan Adams
  • Raymonde Arcier
  • Camille Blatrix
  • Jean-Baptiste Calistru
  • Gilles Clément
  • Odonchimeg Davaadorj
  • Shoshanah Dubiner
  • La Fabric’Art Thérapie
  • Jos de Gruyter et Harald Thys
  • Anna Halprin
  • Karen Kamenetzky
  • Corita Kent
  • Maria Laet
  • Jean-Luc Moulène
  • Musée du Compagnonnage de la ville de Tours
  • Mamadou Michel N’Diaye
  • Meret Oppenheim
  • Gina Pane
  • Violeta Parra
  • Artavazd Pelechian
  • Aline Ribière
  • Lois Weinberger

The finishing of the exhibition will takes place on June, 21 from 6 p.m.

Practical information

La Verrière
50, boulevard de Waterloo
1000 Brussels Belgium

Free admission, 
Tuesday to Saturday
from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Guillaume Désanges