Constantin Meunier

A Dialogue with Allan Sekula

Hilde Van Gelder (Author),

Series: Lieven Gevaert Series 2

Category: Art, Media and Visual Culture, Photography

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058674883

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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Number of pages: 135

Size: 230 x 170 x 10 mm

Stock item: 45664

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This book is the outcome of a collaborative research project between LGC, the Leuven Museumsite and STUK Arts Centre. On the occasion of the centennial anniversary of Constantin Meunier’s death, the contributions by Sura Levine and Marjan Sterckx examine the importance of Meunier for Leuven, where he taught at the Arts Academy from 1887 until 1897 and lived from 1887 until 1894. As a complement, four authors from various disciplinary backgrounds address the actuality of Meunier’s social realist thought today. Virginie Devillez investigates the possibilities of a social realist art after the debacle of socialist realism, focussing on the Belgian 20th century artistic context and the work of contemporary Belgian artists and filmmakers such as the frères Dardenne. Hilde Van Gelder specifically zooms in on the possibilities of making a social or critical realist art, comparing closely the work of Meunier and Sekula. Human rights specialist Eva Brems discusses the impact of contemporary globalisation on the current viability of social rights. Labour law expert Marc De Vos screens the jurisdictional actuality of social realist thought today, especially in respect to issues such as pensions and the greying of society.


Constantin Meunier’s Monument to Labour at the 1909 Meunier Exhibition in Leuven
Sura Levine

Constantin Meunier and Leuven (1887-1897). A Love-Hate Relationship
Marjan Sterckx

Dilemma between Engagement and Creativity
Virginie Devillez

‘Social Realism’ Then and Now. Constantin Meunier and Allan Sekula
Hilde Van Gelder

Globalisation and Social Rights
Eva Brems

Meunier and the New Social Question
Marc De Vos


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Hilde Van Gelder is professor of contemporary art history at KU Leuven. She is director of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture.

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