Aline Bouvy, Schlaraffenland, 2022

Place Guillaume II

Discover another facet of Aline Bouvy’s work. For this exhibition on the large bay windows of the building’s Art Deco façade, Bouvy has adapted and recontextualised a series of posters entitled Schlaraffenland (Land of Cockaigne). This work results from the artist’s research around the Berlin magazine “Die Frechheit. Ein Magazin des Humors. Zugleich Programm des Kabaretts der Komiker” (1925–1933). At once elegant and provocative, the illustrations in this playbill for a satirical cabaret mock the bourgeoisie in early twentieth-century Berlin and the emerging Nazi regime, while showing great openness to sensitive topics such as homoeroticism and female emancipation.

Led by an interest in popular art forms such as cabaret, Aline Bouvy traces the resistance to social discrimination in 1930s Germany, which she here reformulates in a parallel to our own time. Beyond their libertarian demands, the motifs on her posters seem to anticipate the impending doom.

Aline Bouvy (b. 1974 in Perlé, Luxembourg) lives and works in Brussels. After studying at the École de Recherche Graphique (ERG) in Brussels and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the multidisciplinary artist took part in numerous residencies as well as solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe (Kunstraum, London, 2015; Baronian Gallery, Brussels, 2018; Nosbaum Reding Gallery, Luxembourg, 2018; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2019; Kunsthal Gent, Belgium, 2021). She embarked on a solo career in 2013.

William Gatto