From 21 September 2019 to 26 January 2020, “Evelyne Axell: Pop Methods”: a major exhibition of the work of Evelyne Axell (Namur, 1935 – Zwijnaerde 1972) is to open the artistic season at the new renovated and extended Delta (previously the Maison de la Culture de Namur – Cultural and Art centre of Namur).
This large-scale event will include paintings, collages, sketches, preparatory drawings, and documents bearing witness to the artist’s working methods and providing opportunities to explore her specific methods, including her use of numerous photographic self-portraits.
At the peak of her time, Evelyne Axell succeeded in mastering the new materials that became available (plexiglass, fur, etc.) to break out of the confines of canvas and experiment, for example, with opaline plexiglass transparencies. Her work reveals her own view of a world gathering pace, where eroticism goes hand in hand with a feminist discourse. The exceptional discovery of 17 of her first works, never exhibited before, provides an opportunity to explore the early stages of her plastic work. These are mainly collages dating from 1964 – which show in particular the influence of English Pop artists (Pauline Boty and Peter Phillips particularly).
This exhibition, conceived in close collaboration with her son, Philippe Antoine, is set to travel through several European countries.
Service de la Culture de la Province de Namur Le Delta / Arts Plastiques / Expositions, Avenue Reine Astrid, 22 B B – 5000 Namur, Belgium