Atelier Jespers

L’Atelier Jespers a accueilli des grands noms du design tels que Domeau & Peres, Michael Anastasiades ou encore le duo d’architecte Berger & Berger. Dans le cadre de Design september et d’Art Brussels, évènements majeurs de la scène culturelle belge, l’Atelier a à cœur de proposer des expositions éxigeantes et nourissantes pour les visiteurs. Il a ainsi su s’imposer comme lieu incontournable des programmations artistiques bruxelloises. L’écrin de la maison moderniste crée en 1928 par Victor Bourgeois, membre du CIAM et premier professeur de l’atelier d’arcitecture de La Cambre, donne à l’Atelier Jespers, l’ancrage historique et esthétique dont les expositions ont besoin pour rendre les exceptionnelles. L’ambiguité voulue de la maison/atelier stimule parfaitement les désirs des créateurs et confère aux évènements organisés à l’Atelier Jespers à la fois un côté intime dans un cadre publique.

#itinerance

Après 2 années d’activités intenses, Jean-François Declercq décide en 2017 de créer #itinérance afin de proposer sa programmation à des lieux, des évènements et des foires partout en Europe. C’est ainsi que le projet commence à capter l’attention de la presse internationale. Le projet a déjà notamment participé à 5 foires depuis sa création, Paris (Design Elysées 2017 & 2018), Bruxelles (COLLECTIBLE 2018), Milan (MiArt 2018), Cômes (Lake Como Design Faire 2018) et Beyrouth (Beirut Design Fair 2018). Lors de sa première curation « hors les murs » en janvier 2018, Il a présenté pas loin de 26 designers belges dans le prestigieux Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxellois BOZAR, et en mai de la même année, il co-produit avec le Ceramiste Frederick Gautier l’exposition « Tokonoma project » au sein du bâtiment d’Oscar Niemeyer au siège du parti communiste Français.

6+2 Edition

Dans le cadre de sa nouvelle activité d’édition d’objets 6+2 Edition, Jean-François Declercq collabore avec le designer Bruxellois Alain Berteau et présente en exclusivité le vase « Remparts » à la première exposition majeure consacrée au design contemporain Belge à KANAL Pompidou Bruxelles.

Artistes & designers

Michael Anastasiades, Alain Berteau, Berger & Berger, Pierre Bonnefille, David Boussier, Nicolas Brevers, Casimir, Pierre-Laurent Cassiére, Pierre Coddenz, Daviet-Thery, Maarten de Ceulaer, Frederik Delbart, Destroyers & Builders , Nathalie Dewez, Domeau & Pérès, Frederick Gautier , Damien Gernay, Kaspar Hamacher, Jean-François Jaussaud , Benjamin Loyauté, Gerard Kuijpers, Tim Onderbeke, Frederic Pellenq, Rooms Design, Adrien Rovero, Studio Krjst , Nicolas Schuybroek, Bela Silva, Vladimir Slavov, Ben Storms, Maarten Stuer, Conrad Willems, ...


Photo : Grande Soucoupe @Gilles Lebovici

Upcoming Events

L’univers de Yonel Lebovici

Exhibition from 23 Jan. until 29 Feb. 2020
23 Jan. 2020, 13-17.00
24 Jan. 2020, 14-18.00
Late Opening with a Drink on 25 Jan. 2020, 14-22.00
26 Jan. 2020, 14-19.00
By appointment on the other exhibition days

Atelier Jespers is pleased to announce its second large retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of the sculptor-designer Yonel Lebovici. From the 23rd of January to the 29th of February 2020, the show will take place in the house-studio of the curator Jean-François Declercq in Brussels.

This major exhibition follows the last one organised by the patron and collector Yvon Poullain. He created the Yonel Lebovici permanent fund in 2003 in a modernist townhouse built by Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1932 for the master glassmaker Louis Barillet. To honour his dear friend's legacy, Yvon Poullain restored the exceptional building to host the first exhibition space "Le 15 square de Vergennes" dedicated to Yonel Lebovici's work and operated until Poullain’s death in 2010.

Ten years later, as chance would have it, the Yonel Lebovici retrospective will again take place in a modernist house built in 1928 by the greatest Belgian modernist architect Victor Bourgeois for the renowned sculptor Oscar Jespers in Brussels. In collaboration with the family Lebovici and Yvon Poullain's son Edouard, Jean-François Declercq will present selected unseen artworks, part of Edouard Poullain's & Lebovici family collection, and unique pieces on sale.

Born in 1937, Yonel Lebovici studied aeronautics before entering the École des Arts et Métiers in Paris. In 1959, he became part of the existentialist movement and got inspired by Calder, Takis, Tinguely and Léger. Fascinated by the perpetual motion, he made it the focal point of his work. He diverted the simplest objects by enlarging or highlighting their smallest details. His "useful sculptures" are not only elegant or ingenious; they have the common feature of irony and subtle acknowledgement. His "practical objects" listed, signed and created in a limited number, are true works of art. Poetic and overflowing with imagination, his work has been universally acclaimed until his death in 1998.

"He sent a powerful message that reminds us of the strength of these inventions, purified through their design, ennobled by their light, indispensable and perpetual as long as humankind shall live". Yvon Poullain

After exhibiting the talented Ghent-based artist Tim Onderbeke in 2018, Atelier Jespers is pleased to announce the launch of his new book « Labyrinth », published by MER.

The book Labyrinth published by MER exhibits a selection of extraordinary photographs by Tim Onderbeke (°1983) of architecture by Alfons Hoppenbrouwers, Juliaan Lampens, Paul Felix, Paul Meekels, Jul De Roover, Jan Tanghe, Lode Wouters, René Stapels, Victor Bourgeois and objects and sculptures by Roger Bonduel.
Tim Onderbeke invited Veronique Boone (professor at ULB architecture) to have an open conversation. This dialogue resulted in an interesting text which is enclosed in the book. Tim Onderbeke invited Veronique Boone (professor at ULB architecture) to have an open conversation. This dialogue resulted in an interesting text which is enclosed in the book.

The book is now available at the a wide selection of bookstores.
“Yvon Lambert librairie (FR), copyright Gent and Antwerpen (BE), Museum Dhondt Dhaenens (BE), Hochparterre Bucher (CH), the book society (Seoul), CIVA bookshop (BE) and online at the MER website”.

http://www.merbooks.be/projects

ISBN : 978 94 6393 085 7