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Exhibitions Art > BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts
The Magician & the Surgeon
We are reopening the Centre for Fine Arts, in compliance with the measures against COVID-19, and with the greatest care for the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff. Unfortunately that means that we are unable to reopen this exhibition at this time. The following exhibitions are already accessible to the public: Keith Haring, Mondo Cane, Vjenceslav Richter. The World As A Pavilion en Ah, quelle aventure ! Jacqueline Mesmaeker.Twenty years after her first solo exhibition in Brussels, in the antechambers of the Centre for Fine Arts, the Belgian visual artist Ana Torfs is coming back with new works, including Sideshow. In this installation, a series of figures appear and disappear in an abstract decor with multi-coloured light. Figures without faces, such as a geisha, the invisible man, bird people and an illusionist with huge hands. In the images, filmed with stop-motion technique and featuring various performers, the artist's old predilections are portrayed: theatre, silent film, puppet theatre, butoh, circus, masquerade and cabaret.Ana Torfs (°1963) has lived and worked in Brussels for more than 30 years. She has had previous solo exhibitions, including at the Pori Art Museum, Finland (2017), the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2016), WIELS, Brussels (2014) and the K21-Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2010). She has also participated in major international group exhibitions such as Power of Language, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2018), Reading Cinema, Finding Words, Art after Marcel Broodthaers, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2014) and many biennials. She is currently preparing a solo exhibition in MUAC, Mexico City. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Discover the intriguing world of Ana Torfs online! In her solo exhibition The Magician & the Surgeon (extended until 31 October) she shows four never-before-shown installations, including When You Whistle, It Makes Air Come Out (2019). The work is inspired by a fragment from a book by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, The Child's Conception of Physical Causality (1927). Children’s answers to questions such as 'what is wind made of', 'where does wind come from', 'what happens when you blow', or 'where does the air in your mouth come from', are innocent and surprising