curated by Sabine Schaschl
22 October to 10 January 2021 / Opening: 21 October, 6 pm
Squares, rectangles, polygons with curved edges, circles and segments of circles, reflected, multiplied and placed opposite each other with various color contrasts – these are the key elements of Léon Wuidar’s compositions. Museum Haus Konstruktiv is dedicating an exhibition to this Belgian artist (b. in 1938 in Liège, now lives in Esneux), the first of its kind in Switzerland. Works spanning the period from the 1960s to the present day will be on display.
This self-taught artist started his career in 1955 and, after trying out various figurative styles, began to get increasingly closer to geometric abstraction around the year 1964, whereby he had an underlying interest in constructivist-concrete art, as well as in architecture, space, volume, perspective and light. He found brutalist architecture particularly fascinating. In this regard, he was especially stimulated by Belgian architect Charles Vandenhove, who designed, among other things, the university hospital CHU de Liège in a brutalist style and collaborated with Wuidar on several art-in-architecture projects.
Léon Wuidar’s early paintings from the 1960s and 1970s are dominated by stylized architectural elements, such as columns, roofs or windows. In the 1980s, his vocabulary of forms became more minimalistic, whereas his color palette shifted from natural to brightly colorful hues. In his more recent works, which are sometimes also painted in pastel colors, wordplay can be found as well, conveying Wuidar's affinity with language and typography. The exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv traces this artistic development and presents the full complexity and multifaceted nature of an as-yet little-known oeuvre to the Swiss public for the first time.
Léon Wuidar, 9 décembre 85, 1985 (1) / Où est la sentinelle, 1967 (2) / Portrait (3). Courtesy the artist and White Cube, London. © 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich