A dream of eternity. The long road of Oriental arts
07 October 2011 – 26 February 2012

Time is usually considered from two opposite angels: the instant and the duration. However, there is a third dimension of time, registered in the theory of dynamic systems, defended by mathematician Henri Poincaré: that of a long time, potentially never-ending.

The Boghossian Foundation has chosen to evoke this long time here; not from a scientific approach, but rather through the presentation of artistic expressions stemming from various cultures and times.

In every culture, the notion of time is inseparable from the human consciousness and its finitude, from the spiritual, religious and social life, from the artistic and artisanal creation.

Dream of eternity, myth of the eternal returning, meditation and contemplation are expressed through works of art which are sometimes spectacular, sometimes humble, testifying of a big patience.

Used to the time (which) runs from the western modernity, neglecting more and more the values of the transmission and the inheritances of ancient know-how, we remain nevertheless fascinated by their persistence in the oriental creation, whether artistic or artisanal.

The project for this exhibition came from an impressive selection of oriental embroidered textiles. In order to emphasize the dialogue between various cultures, the Boghossian Foundation chose to present these magnificent textiles in addition to the other creations which inevitably evoke the long time necessary for their realization: lacquers, miniatures, lace, and jewelry, are especially a part of these testimonies.

The beauty of this ensemble is even more reinforced by the vicinity of works realized by contemporary artists who express various perceptions of time, going from slowness, wisdom, meditation to old age and death.

The selected artists for this project :
Isbah Afzal (Pakistan), Manish Arora (India and France), Mar Arza (Mexico), Ali Assaf, (Iraq and Italy), Annie Bascoul (France), Hicham Berrada (Morocco and France), Pol Bury (Belgium and France), Céline Cléron (France), Claude Cortinovis (Switzerland), Hélène de Gottal (Belgium), Diane Didier (Belgium), Emmanuelle Dupont (France), Angelo Filomeno (Italy and USA), Gérard Garouste (France), Luis Gonzalez Palma (Guatemala), Taraneh Hemami (Iran / USA), Kahn & Selesnick (United Kingdom), Marie-Rose Lortet (France), Shirin Neshat (Iran and USA), Simone Pheulpin (France), Eric Poitevin (France), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand), Samuel Rousseau (France), Raqib Shaw (India and United Kingdom), Chiharu Shiota (Japan and Germany), Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan), Lee Ufan (Korea), Arlette Vermeiren (Belgium and Italy) & Maurizio Galante (Italy), Michael Young (United Kingdom).

The exhibition A dream of eternity will be presented at the Villa Empain, Center of art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West, from October 7th 2011 until February 26th 2012.

It is conceived and coordinated by Diane Hennebert, in charge of the Direction of the Boghossian Foundation, with the close cooperation of Christophe Dosogne, Artistic Advisor of the Boghossian Foundation and Magali Defrenne, Collection Administrator.

With the cooperation of the Royal Museums of Art and History (Brussels), the Museum of Costume and Lace (Brussels), the Museum Guimet (Paris), the Benaki Museum (Athens), the Daniel Templon Gallery (Paris), Maison parisienne (Paris), the Gladstone Gallery (New York / Paris), the Patrick Derom Gallery (Brussels / New York), the Aeroplastice Gallery (Brussels), the Duchange & Riché Gallery ( Brussels), the Anne de Villepoix Gallery (Paris), the Gisèle Croës Gallery (Brussels), the Gimpel Fils Gallery (London), the Kevorkian Gallery (Paris), the Alexis Renard Gallery (Paris), the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery ( Salzburg and Paris), the Galerie Micheline Szwajcer Gallery (Antwerp), the White Cube Gallery (London), the Boghossian Collection (Brussels and Geneva), the Marcel and Zaïra Mis Collection (Brussels) and several private collections who prefered to stay anonymous.

A catalogue is published on the occasion of this exhibition, on the initiative of the Boghossian Foundation, of which the introduction was written by the Philosopher Frédéric Lenoir.

International meetings will be organised at the Empain Villa on November 29th and 30th and December 1st, 2011, and will supplement this reflection over time. They will be introduced by the philosopher Frédéric Lenoir and will gather many personalities of international renown.