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Jaume Plensa. The Four Elements

Geert Bouckaert (Editor),

Category: Art

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462704329

Publication date: September 5, 2024

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Number of pages: 152

Size: 240 x 170 x mm

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Category: Art

Language: English

ISBN: 9789461666017

Publication date: September 5, 2024


Number of pages: 152

Category: Art

Language: English

ISBN: 9789461666000

Publication date: September 5, 2024


Number of pages: 152


The first permanent sculpture by Plensa in Belgian public space

Acclaimed Spanish visual artist, sculptor, designer and engraver Jaume Plensa is renowned for his ability to weave spirituality, corporeality, and collective memory into his sculptures and installations, using a wide range of materials. Many of his iconic sculptures can be found in public spaces, in some of the most evocative places in the world. The city of Leuven now joins this list with the acquisition by KU Leuven of The Four Elements, the first permanent sculpture by Jaume Plensa in Belgian public space.

The sculpture The Four Elements consists of two parts in bronze, located in two places, the gallery of the KU Leuven University Library and the newly created St-Raphaël Square. The first part, Fire, commemorates the resurrection of the University Library after the devastating fire of World War I. Water, Earth, Air, the second part, rises like a totem pole on a new urban site that is a meeting point for health care and medicine.

This collection of essays documents how the two parts of the sculpture and its two sites represent a broader trinity of interaction and togetherness: between the university and the city and its public spaces, between research and art, between the study of health (in this case the brain) and organizing care.

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Geert BouckaertORCID icon

Geert Bouckaert is professor at KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. He is honorary professor of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London and visiting professor at the University of Potsdam.

Geert Bouckaert is professor at KU Leuven and Chair of the Committee for Contemporary Art.

Stéphane Symons

Stéphane Symons is professor of aesthetics and philosophy of culture at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven.

Jaume Plensa

Johan Wagemans

Mark Derez

Mark Derez is archivaris aan het universiteitsarchief (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Erik Thys

Tom Van Imschoot

Rebecca Gysen

Karen Landuyt

Stefanie Lambrecht

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