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13 · 09 · 2017

Plant B Molenbeek Skulptuure Parc

The exhibition, Plant B, opened on Friday the 8th of September. It is a collaboration between the curatorial collective Komplot, Danish curator Toke Lykkeberg, and Danish Cultural Institute in Brussels. The exhibition remains open until the 30th of November 2017 in Parc de la Fonderie and La Fonderie, Brussels Museum of Industry and Work in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean.

 

The title of the exhibition, Plant B, is a wordplay on an imaginary plan A, which is the natural balance of planet Earth. We are currently entering Plan(t) B that is a future bio-technosphere where processes are fast paced and unpredictable. The exhibition shows how climate change and technology cause irreversible changes to our planet. In other words, Plant B is an example of a manmade world beyond man’s control.

 

The exhibition has two neighboring locations, which were both influenced by the, at the time, rapid progress during the industrial revolution. Molenbeek is an old working-class neighborhood moulded by Belgium’s history as the first country to realize a network of railways in continental Europe. The site itself therefore reflects some of the thoughts behind the exhibition. One part of the exhibition is next to Musée de la Fonderie (Museum of the Foundry), a former factory (La Compagnie des Bronzes 1854-1979), which shut down in the beginning of the 20th century. Old remains from the foundry, such as metallic columns, train tracks, and building stones are still there. Today, the site is a museum dedicated to educating visitors about its industrial history. The other part of the exhibition is in Parc de la Fonderie, opened in 1991. The park was meant to be decorated by old machines. Now it is a green area, much like an empty museum.

 

Danish curator, Toke Lykkeberg, at Plant B.

Toke Lykkeberg is a curator, critic, and consultant based in Copenhagen. Most recently, from August 1st, he has been appointed head of Contemporary Art Center, Tranen, founded in 1970 in Hellerup, Denmark. Lykkeberg is previously the co-founder of the artist-run space, IMO, in Copenhagen and served as its director from 2009 to 2013. He has also worked as a correspondent and art critic in Paris and Copenhagen and published various essays and books.

 

Komplot is a curatorial collective founded in 2002 in Brussels. Komplot was at first largely inspired by collaborative art from the late sixties, organizing seminars, and making documentary films. Nowadays, Komplot works mostly as a curators’ office collaborating with both residing and guest curators, studying relations between art and society. Komplot is above all a critical platform for experimental art currently with several addresses in Brussels and an active, international profile. Sonia Dermience, from Komplot, has had a close relationship with the Danish art scene, ever since she curated TRUST, a large exhibition event involving Copenhagen’s five kunsthalles, back in 2015.

 

Plant B is a combination of pieces from Danish and international artists. In 2017, Plant B exhibits Benedikte Bjerre The Birds, Jonathan Boutefeu Monument X Sand Racer, Aline Bouvy Monument To Spit, Carl Mannov Railing (Jannus), Xavier Mary The Enigma of Steel, Marthe Ramm Fortun Exit The Forest, Philippe Van Wolputte Go Zone, and Maiken Bent Trolley #15. In 2018, the exhibition reopens to exhibit the pieces of Clémence de La Tour du Pin Alien and Antoine Renard.

 

The exhibition is made with the support from Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Commission Communautaire Francophone, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Danish Arts Foundation, Moleenbeek Municipality, and several local initiatives in Molenbeek.

Maiken Bent: 'Trolley #15'.