Belgian architect-artist

Koen Deprez

1989

Espace Temps

The architecture of the Grand Place in Brussels, which forms the touristic heart of the Belgian capital, is paraded as a prime witness of the past. Deprez selected this UNESCO world heritage site as the backdrop for a subversive intervention. By transforming the ancient town hall into a missile shelter, the normally static environment of the Grand Place is turned into threatening military base. As in his other collages, the lightness of the cinematographic or found image stands in sharp contrast to the heavy architectonic structure of the background. Espace Temps is thus a reflection on the versatility of form. Familiar forms, when transferred to different context, can adapt to different uses and gain new meaning.

Grand Place Brussels, mixed technique, 30 x 21 x 3 cm

Grand Place Brussels, mixed technique, 30 x 21 x 3 cm

Grand Place Brussels (interior), mixed technique, 37 x 8 x 3 cm

Grand Place Brussels (interior), mixed technique, 37 x 8 x 3 cm