Constant Permeke Leonie 1929-32 Privéverzameling Fotograaf: Hugo Maertens, Brugge © SABAM 2012

From October 11, 2012 to January 20th 2013 – Bozar – Centre for fine Arts

He was a contemporary of Otto Dix and Egon Schiele. But the expressionism Constant Permeke (1886-1969) demonstrated had a very specific personality, reflecting the little people of Flanders – workers, women with many children and peasants – who led a very rugged existence. Dark colors, the power of charcoal often mixed with paint, the monumental approach (the rigidity of his women reminds one of antique goddesses) made Permeke the herald of Flemish expressionism.

Constant Permeke De Sjees 1926 Collection MuZEE, Oostende Fotograaf : AD-ART Sint-Amandsberg © SABAM 2012

et his reputation did not cross the borders easily. By bringing together 130 of his works, the organizers also wish to show his modernity and they chose to confront him to two contemporary artists – Marlene Dumas and her nudes, Thierry de Cordier and his landscapes.

Centre for fine Arts, Bozar