Famous French artist Guillaume Bottazzi will create a monumental artwork in Brussels that is going to highlight his exhibition at the city’s Artiscope Gallery. The piece will be created at the emblematic Place Jourdan, which is widely considered as the most “European” of all Brussels public squares. This modern square is located in the so-called “Brussels bubble” – at the edge of the European District of the Brussels-Capital and it’s a place popular both among Belgians and members of the European Parliament and other officials of the EU institutions. In 2017, the Place Jourdan will be renovated by the commune and the Bottazzi’s artwork will contribute to the improvement of the space. The transformation of this public area is a joint project realized by the Federal State and the Brussels-Capital Region with the aim of enhancing the prestige of Brussels as the capital of Belgium and also – of Europe. Guillaume Bottazzi will be working on the piece for about two months in order to complete the project.
Guillaume Bottazzi Creates a Monumental Artwork in Brussels
The monumental painting will measure 16m high by 7m wide, a scale that means that the viewer must move around in order to see it properly. Guillaume Bottazzi will work alone on the piece, without any assistants, while the very process of creating of this massive oeuvre is perceived as performance. Once the painting is finished, it will remain permanent on public view. A study that was carried out by scientists Helmut Leder and Marcos Nadal from the University of Vienna proves that Guillaume Bottazzi’s art reduces anxiety in the people who look at it. Therefore, it is expected that the square will attract even more visitors in the future once the painting is completed. The composition integrates multiple external parameters, with the painting interacting with elements around it – from architecture to open space.
Exhibition at Artiscope Gallery
At the same time of the grand artistic undertaking, Artiscope Gallery will host an exhibition of new works by Guillaume Bottazzi entitled Guillaume Bottazzi – Free creations 2016. The exhibition is composed of 12 paintings measuring from 290cm x 190cm, to the smallest 22cm x 28cm. Techniques used by the artist include fine plaster on fabric, and ink or oil on raw linen canvas. The exhibition will also feature a film showing the creative process of the artist used to produce works in public spaces. The documentary will show the public work of Bottazzi in Japan, China, and Paris, among other places. By watching the movie, the audience is meant to gain a better understanding and a shred of the experience of viewing the piece Bottazzi will be creating at the Place Jourdan.
Guillaume Bottazzi in Brussels
Born in 1971, Guillaume Bottazzi has his studios located in both France and Belgium. So far, he has signed more than forty artworks in public space and he has been exhibited widely across the globe. In the months to come, the Brussels art scene will certainly be marked by the art this creative of an Italian name.
The work at the Place Jourdan will be realized during October and November. The exhibition Guillaume Bottazzi – Free creations 2016 will be on view from October 3 until October 29, 2016 at Artiscope Gallery in Brussels, from Monday to Friday, 3pm to 6pm and by appointment.