RIK WOUTERS : opening of a long-awaited retrospective

Published on 08.03.2017

From 10 March to 2 July 2017, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB), in partnership with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), are organizing an exceptional retrospective exhibition dedicated to Rik Wouters. Rik Wouters mastered painting, sculpting and drawing: his extraordinary career made him an essential representative of Modern Art in Belgium. Rik Wouters brought us brilliant and colourful art, far from the dramas that marked his existence until his early death in 1916 at the age of 33.
For the first time, this exhibition brings together the most important collection of his works. 200 paintings, drawings and sculptures immerse the visitor in Wouters’ radiant and spontaneous world, between Fauvism and Avant-garde. Over 30 national and international museums, institutions and art collectors entrusted the RMFAB with their precious artworks – some of them never exhibited before. This major exhibition closes the series of tributes linked to the centenary of the artist’s death.
Rik Wouters’ art is above all an abundance of colors and authentic, simple, touching subjects. Through his visual language, the construction of his subjects and the luminous richness of his palette, he developed an avant-garde style, while also being associated with artists like Ensor, then Cézanne and even Renoir. Rik Wouters was quickly appreciated by his contemporaries; his amazing talent, despite being obstructed early on by the Great War and his illness, bequeaths to us a fascinating and masterful artistic legacy.

After exhibitions devoted to the works of Ensor, Khnopff, Spilliaert, Magritte, Delvaux, and Alechinsky, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium continue their monographic exploration of leading modern and contemporary Belgian artists.