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Chaos & Order

Group exhibition, Chaos & Order



Pictures of the exhibition

  • From left to right: Fragment of a head of pharaoh Senusret I, Egypt; Lucia BRU, "(309 672 cm3)", 2019; Angel VERGARA, "Acts & Paintings (Untitled VI)", 2017; Shiro TSUJIMURA, Torn Jar with accrued Kiln Shards, ca. 2005-2010.
  • KIMSOOJA, "Earth – Water – Fire - Air", 2009.
  • Kazuo SHIRAGA, "Yu-Gyo" (Pilgrimage by a Monk), 1989; Peter BUGGENHOUT, "On Hold #8", 2019.
  • From left to right: Ida BARBARIGO, "che bela che xe Venezia!", 1964; Bosco SODI, "Untitled", 2019; Otto PIENE, "Untitled", 1973.
  • Saburo MURAKAMI, "Work", 1967
  • Sadaharu HORIO, "Ironuri" or "Paint Placements". Selection of several objects, remnants of various performances in Braunsweig, in Palazzo Fortuny in Venice) and at Bozar in Brussels, or simply at his home in Kobe.
  • From left to right: Otto PIENE, "Untitled", 1973; TAKIS, "Magnetic Wall", 2000; Fragment of a head of pharaoh Senusret I, Egypt, Middle Kingdom, XIIth dynasty, reign of Senusret I, 1971 - 1926 B.C.
  • Anish KAPOOR, "Untitled", 2002.

Group exhibition, Chaos & Order



Story of the exhibition

We’re pleased to present Chaos & Order, a new group exhibition installed in Kanaal’s Henro and Ma-ka spaces. Chaos and order are dominant themes in the existence of the known universe and our experiences within it.

Today’s world, if anything, is defined by constant change. As humans, we often seek knowledge and information in order to apply meaning to the random realities of life. This is pursued through the creation of actions, laws, and structures, which aid in this understanding. It’s an eternal attempt to ease chaos’ inherent tension and somehow create a sense of balance in the perceived disorder.

Nobel prize winner Ilya Prigogine's chaos theory arises from his success in finding a mathematical model in entropy. In his book ‘Order out of Chaos’ (1980) Prigogine and philosopher Isabelle Stengers create a new dialogue between man and nature by claiming that “ Chaos is the order that we don’t know”. In this, he summarised the theory that in biological and sociological systems, evolution does not lead to chaos, as classical thermodynamics seems to teach, but to ever-increasing organization.

According to Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology: “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”

Like the Big Bang or a volcano’s violent eruption of lava that creates new land, destruction leads to creativity; drastic endings lead to aliveness; endings create beginnings; one cannot exist without the other.

Art plays a key role in this process by opening new perspectives, boundaries, and allowing us to look back at our evolution and forward at our future.

Art, in its essence, is the start of language. Where does chaos end and order begin?

Neuroscientist Ludovica Lumer claims in her book For Want of Ambiguity. Order and Chaos in Art, Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience that creativity is essential to life. Lumer states that it is the creative expansion of the unconscious that allows both in art and psychoanalysis for the transformation of the self that defines the very freedom.

The group exhibition, Chaos & Order, explores how artists employ matter, form, and creativity to examine the complex perceptions and interpretations at play in the natural world.

This exhibition not only impacts the way artists understand the continual dynamic entropic process of life, but also the viewers, who allow several interpretations of the complexity of reality.

Discover more about the exhibition and the individual works here.

Curators Axel Vervoordt and Anne-Sophie Dusselier guide visitors through the philosophical principles and artistic selection of the group exhibition, Chaos & Order.