Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 177 - 5 December 2020

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 521

Berlinde De Bruyckere (Belgium / 1964)
Kooi (Cage) (1990)


€ 100 000 - 140 000

With 2 watercolours - Sig. '90 (each) - 38,5 x 26 cm (each)
"Berlinde De Bruyckere" Angela Mengoni e.a., Mercatorfonds, Brussels 2014, fold-out II, nr. 16 reprod.
With photo certificate by the artist
With documentation


Layer after layer, the raw wood has been sanded, scraped, wounded. The soft material absorbed the tactile touch of hands, the harsh impact of tools, of time. Torn from its tree, its roots, its soil in order to serve a specific purpose, to be useful. Then put aside as a useless thing. And after that caged in the hard, cold iron.

The wood contains a powerful and poetic formal language that is easy to recognize, and at the same time encompasses different levels of meaning. It tells individual stories with universal meanings. Covered in the iron cage, which is an important motif in De Bruyckere's oeuvre, a paradoxical image emerges. The industrial metal envelops, encloses or protects the wooden silhouette. Weighed down by the heavy lead, the amorphous mass seeks for support from the wall. Dependence is essential, as the work cannot stand autonomously. Thus the tragic conviction.

De Bruyckere's sculpture turns out te be a monumental entity. Next to it we are merely an insignificant spectator. In contrast to its gigantic and repulsive aura there is a sign of recognition. Duality is an important aspect of Berlinde's work. It is the foundation of the abstract force that questions the underlying nature of matter and appeals to our feelings and emotions. Despite the sculpture's robustness, there is hurt. Weathered, helpless, cruel and tender. A complex web of difficult human themes imposes itself and forces us to reflect upon it.

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